SJW Jazz Camp Online

With up to four live online sessions each day with some of the greatest jazz artists, private lessons, fun group online activities, access to SJW’s library of on-demand jazz content, and an in-person live ensemble component, 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.

Jazz Camp Online consists of a one-week session beginning July 11, 2022.

For all vocalists and instrumentalists
Ages 12- 18

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?

  • Young vocalists and instrumentalists age 12 to 18 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. You’ll get a private lesson with one of our acclaimed faculty artists, and you can have an additional private lessons for an additional fee. You can dive deeper into a wide variety of jazz topics in our online library of on-demand content. Special topics, SJW’s virtual combo experience, office hour-style open sessions with SJW faculty, and much more will round out your week (or weeks) at SJW Jazz Camp Online.

Enroll for the full day program, and you’ll get four live sessions per day. Enroll in the half-day program, and you’ll get two live sessions every afternoon. Enroll for one week, or both weeks.


Full-Day Program — 40 minute classes, Pacific Standard Time

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

Private lessons and faculty open sessions offered between class times above.

Half-Day Program — 40 minute classes, Pacific Standard Time

1:00 p.m – 1:40: Masterclass
3:00 – 3:40: Musicianship classes

Private lessons and faculty open sessions offered between class times above.

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!

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 (for Full Day participants only)
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.

Special Presentations (for Full Day participants only)
Full Day participants 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 on July 12.

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.

Open Office Hours
Are you looking for some extra guidance and camaraderie while you practice? SJW Open Office Hours are optional live Zoom sessions that will help you to develop great practice plans. You can join the class and practice in the comfort of your home between classes while feeling the community vibe and shared love of jazz with your peers. You can ask faculty members about the fundamentals of jazz improvisation, or ask them what it’s like to go on a world tour or record an album in a professional studio, or how to make ends meet as a jazz musician — this is your time to ask anything you want to know. These will occur throughout the day.

Private Lessons
This is your live Zoom one-on-one with a faculty member who plays your instrument or who sings. They’ll listen to you play and offer you valuable suggestions and insight into how you can improve the fastest, and sound your best. Your private lesson will be scheduled in advance to occur at a time other than your required Masterclass, Musicianship class, Theory class, or Special Presentation time. Additional private lessons are available for an extra fee.



Tuition for Full Day program: TBA November 14, 2021

Tuition for Half Day program: TBA November 14, 2021

One five-day long program:

July 11-15

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.

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!