Our camps are designed to let you concentrate, explore and flourish as a developing jazz musician.
~ Signatory

Middle School Students
and students entering middle school in 2018

Prerequisite: 12 months instruction
Audition required for placement only

July 8 – 12, 2019
Stanford University Campus
Lunch option
Supervised late pick up option

Program Highlights

  • Tailored to experience and ability
  • Led by world-class jazz artists and educators

Program Focus

  • Small combo, one-on-a-part improvisation and performance
  • Instrument specific and vocal master classes
  • Jazz theory and musicianship classes for ear training
  • Extended combo rehearsals
  • Free admission to nightly Stanford Jazz Festival concerts and CoHo jams
  • A private lesson for each student
  • Fun social activities and sports
  • Showcase performance and family dinner on Friday at Stanford University (details will be provided)

Giant Steps Day Camp Vocal Program

Fun introduction to jazz singing taught by Erin Simón. The Giant Steps Day Camp vocal program is for middle school students who have had experience singing in choir or show choir. You’ll sing in ensemble, you’ll learn to scat solo, and you’ll have a great time.

Jazz Camp Classes and Activities:

  • Jazz theory – focuses on harmony, song forms, scales, and advanced concepts
  • Musicianship – focuses on ear training and rhythm exercises
  • Masterclass – virtuoso faculty members teach advanced techniques
  • Special presentations and demonstrations – SJW faculty relate their experiences as leading artists in jazz, perform live demonstrations, and answer questions about what it’s like to study, perform, compose, and live a life in jazz
  • Small ensembles / combos – daily rehearsals in small combos directed by faculty artists
  • Private lessons – every student receives a private lesson with SJW faculty
  • Jam sessions – fun, optional playing sessions with other students and faculty
  • Afternoon free time – relax, practice or take part in the talent show, dorm dance, ice cream social, sports, arts and crafts, and jam sessions.


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