Jazz Piano Intensive for Adults

In this exciting new program, you’ll get lots of experience playing in trio and solo piano settings. You’ll lead your own piano trio with a professional rhythm section, and you’ll receive coaching on solo piano arranging and performance.

Jazz Piano Intensive program is open to adults 21 and over, by audition only. In addition to ensemble instruction and master classes, you’ll get deeper into jazz theory and musicianship as it applies to the piano, and you’ll have access to special presentations from SJW’s Jazz Institute faculty, who are some of the world’s best jazz artists. A special showcase exclusively for Jazz Piano Intensive students will let you put your new knowledge on stage in performance.

For pianists age 21 and over

By audition only


  • Open to adults 21 and over by audition
  • Includes daily piano trio sessions, coached by SJW piano faculty Bennett Paster & Edward Simon
  • Master classes with SJW piano faculty; previous faculty artists include Taylor EIgsti, Kenny Barron, George Cables, Harold Mabern, Ethan Iverson, and many others
  • Access to SJW Jazz Institute classes such as jazz theory, musicianship, and special presentations from faculty such as (in previous years) Chris Potter, Anat Cohen, Charles McPherson, Joshua Redman, Larry Grenadier, Melissa Aldana, and many others
  • Showcase on August 2
  • Free admission to nightly Stanford Jazz Festival concerts and jam sessions

Sample schedule:

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Piano Intensive warm-up with SJW piano faculty

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., piano masterclass taught by SJW piano faculty (open to all Jazz Institute students)

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., lunch / noon concert by SJW faculty 

1:00 p.m – 2:25 p.m, special presentations taught by SJW Jazz Institute faculty (open to all Jazz Institute students)

2:30 p.m – 6:20 p.m, Piano Intensive coaching sessions 

8:00 p.m, free admission to nightly Stanford Jazz Festival concerts

Subject to change.



Tuition: $1,650

Housing for adults, double occupancy: $695

Optional on-campus meal plan: $300

Six-day program: July 28 – August 2