SJW Jazz Camp Online

With up to four live online sessions each day with some of the greatest jazz artists, fun group online activities, and SJW’s virtual combo curriculum, SJW Jazz Camp Online will help you get to the next level of mastery on your instrument or voice, and improve your jazz performance and improvisation.

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For all vocalists and instrumentalists
Ages 12 and up

Prerequisite: 12 months of instrumental or vocal instruction. No jazz experience required!

SJW Jazz Camp Online

Jazz Camp Online is our popular interactive online program that will help you improve your technique, supercharge your improvisation skills, and give you a solid foundation for become a true jazz musician.

Who is SJW Jazz Camp Online for?

  • Vocalists and instrumentalists age 12 and up who have never tried jazz
  • Developing young musicians who play in their school jazz bands and want to learn to improvise and solo better
  • Jazz vocal ensemble and choir members who want to get deeper into jazz styles and scat-singing
  • Advanced classical students with a strong command of their voice or instrument, but lack jazz experience
  • Advanced jazz players who get all the solos in their school jazz bands

You’ll get daily live sessions on technique, theory, ear training, and performance topics that bring you face-to-face with some of the greatest jazz educators in the world. Special topics, SJW’s virtual combo experience, office hour-style open sessions with SJW faculty, and much more will round out your week at SJW Jazz Camp Online..

SJW JAZZ CAMP ONLINE COURSES

40 minute classes, Pacific Standard Time

8:00 a.m. – 8:40: Morning meeting
9:00 – 9:40: Masterclasses
11:00 – 11:40: Musicianship classes
2:00 p.m. – 2:40: Music theory classes
4:00 – 4:40: Special presentations

Schedule and courses subject to change without notice.

Masterclass
In your masterclass, you’ll be part of a small group of students who play your instrument or who sing, and you’ll all have a similar level of experience playing jazz. In a live Zoom session with a faculty member who is a master of your instrument, you’ll work on technique, tone, improvisation, jazz styles, transcriptions of famous jazz solos, and repertoire. These sessions will be archived so all participants can access them for a period of time after the program. You’ll definitely come away with things to practice, so plan to spend some time in the practice room each day!

Musicianship
In this exciting live Zoom session, you’ll work with a variety of faculty members to attune your ear to the sounds and language of jazz, and you’ll apply it to your instrument. You’ll be with a mix of instrumental or vocal students who will be at your level of experience. You’ll learn some great jazz vocabulary and boost your confidence playing music by ear, which will take your improvisation skills to the next level. These sessions will be archived so all participants can access them for a period of time after the program.

Jazz Theory 
This live Zoom class will expand your knowledge of the theory, mechanics, and harmony of jazz, so you’ll be able to identify any sound you hear, understand how it functions in a composition or solo, and re-create it yourself in the context of a jazz performance or composition. You’ll be grouped with students at your level of experience with jazz theory. These sessions will be archived so full-time participants can access them for a period of time after the program.

Optional Morning Meeting and Orientation
Join Camp Director Steven Lugerner every morning at 9:00 AM for a relaxed live Zoom class in which Steven and other faculty members will describe what’s coming up in classes that day, and offer suggestions about how to get the most out of the day’s programs. Steven always has lots of fun jazz videos to share, too, so we encourage you to join the Morning Meeting each day. If you can’t join us at 9:00 AM don’t worry; Morning Meetings will be archived so any SJW Jazz Camp Online student can tune in again for a period of time after the program.

Special Presentations 
You can choose to participate in any of the live Zoom sessions offered in this time period. A wide range of topics will be offered each day, including composition, how to learn tunes and memorize jazz repertoire, grooves for the rhythm section, jazz history through listening, artist profiles, faculty panel discussions and much more. Some of these will be archived so full-time participants can access them anytime for a period of time after the program. You’ll get a complete schedule before SJW Jazz Camp Online begins.

PROGRAM DATES AND TUITION

JAZZ CAMP ONLINE

Tuition: $395

One five-day long program:

July 24-28, 2023

Financial aid is available to deserving students aged 17 and under. You can apply for financial aid when you register online, or after you register.

FACULTY

Warmup No. 1: Dorian mode. Get in shape for camp with the SJW faculty!

Warm up No. 2: Mixolydian mode. Get your tone and technique together by playing along!