When we picked our son up, he said ‘I was among giants’ and was very excited by the professional level of the musicians he
met during the week.

~ Jazz Camp parent

AGES 12 – 17

Prerequisite: 18 months instruction

July 14 – 26, 2024

Stanford University Campus

Stay on campus with meal plan included or commute from off-campus

Program Highlights

  • Special classes for participants on Saturday
  • Curriculum for week two builds on week one curriculum; participants don’t repeat same level classes; progressively challenging
  • Classes led by world-class jazz artists and educators

Program Focus

  • Small combo, one-on-a-part improvisation and performance
  • Instrument-specific and vocal masterclasses
  • Jazz theory and musicianship 
  • Free admission to nightly Stanford Jazz Festival concerts
  • Faculty jams at CoHo
  • One private lesson each week
  • Fun social activities and sports
  • Showcase performance and family dinner on Fridays at Stanford University
TUITION: $3,100

Jazz Camp Package

TheJazz Camp Package provides 13 days of continuous jazz instruction guided by a rigorous and progressive curriculum. Your schedule will be customized to your needs and skills, and as you move into the second week of camp, your classes will be more challenging. You’ll play with peers and study with a prestigious faculty of professional musicians and educators, so you’ll improve more rapidly than you ever thought possible.

The Jazz Camp Package includes masterclasses, small ensemble playing, and two private lessons, as well as classes in theory and musicianship. You’ll have engaging classes on Saturday between the first and second week, as well as admission to the Stanford Jazz Festival concert on Saturday night. And you’ll get to play in two Friday night Showcases.

Jazz Camp Package Classes and Activities:

  • Jazz theory – focuses on harmony, song forms, scales, and advanced concepts
  • Musicianship – focuses on ear training and rhythm exercises
  • Masterclass – virtuosi faculty members teach strong fundamentals and 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
  • Free time – relax, practice or take part in the talent show, dorm dance, ice cream social, sports, arts and crafts, and jam sessions.

A typical day at Jazz Camp

  • 9:00 a.m. All-camp morning meeting
  • 9:20 a.m. Theory or musicianship classes
  • 10:30 a.m. Instrument-specific Masterclasses
  • 12:00 Lunch; noon concerts by faculty on Wednesday and Friday
  • 1:00 p.m. Theory or musicianship classes
  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Combo rehearsals and afternoon classes
  • 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dorm resident daily check-in
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Jam session (optional)
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Counselor-led sports (optional)
  • 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Private lessons, Stanford Jazz Festival concerts, dorm dance, s’mores cooking, or other counselor-led activities
  • 10:00 p.m. CoHo Jam with faculty (optional)


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