High School & Advanced
Middle School Musicians
Ages 12 – 17

Prerequisite: 18 months instruction

Week 1 Jazz Camp
July 14 – July 19, 2024
Week 2 Jazz Camp
July 21 – July 26, 2024

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

Program Highlights

  • Classes and ensembles tailored to your experience and knowledge
  • 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 for each student
  • Fun social activities and sports
  • Showcase performance and family dinner on Friday at Stanford University

Jazz Camp

AtJazz Camp, you’ll get lots of playing time with young musicians who share your level of experience, whether you’ve been playing jazz for years, or you’ve never played jazz at all. You’ll have close contact with some of the best jazz artists and educators in the world in a fun, focused, and supportive environment. You’ll play in a small combo every day, so you’ll get a lot of experience taking solos and having a musical leadership role in a band. 

Our highly structured curriculum is tailored to your needs and level of experience. You’ll deepen your mastery of your instrument, and learn a lot about improvisation. Our faculty artists are experts at helping you understand jazz harmony, and how to apply it to your playing.  

You’ll meet musicians from around the world, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. The SJW community is one of the most supportive and encouraging circles of artists, educators, and students in the business, and you’ll become a part of it. 

Your family and friends can hear how you’ve improved at the free Showcase, held on Friday of each week of Jazz Camp.

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
  • 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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