Our summer jazz immersion programs are held on the beautiful campus of Stanford University. With classrooms, performance venues, food, and dormitories all in close proximity, SJW becomes a self-contained jazz village in which students stay focused on their jazz studies and interact easily and often with our great faculty and artists. Facilitating musical interaction between generations of jazz musicians is central to the mission of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the excellent and safe facilities of the Braun Music Center help make this possible.
Running from July 11 through July 15, the Giant Steps Day Camp is for middle school students and for kids who will be entering middle school in the Fall. Giant Steps Day Camp provides a five-day long introduction to jazz styles and improvisation, and it also offers daily master classes in technique for instrumentalists and vocalists. The program begins a 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., with optional after school jam sessions and activities.
Jazz Camp is for students from 12 to 17 years of age. Focused on combo performance and improvisation, the Jazz Camp curriculum provides thorough training in jazz theory, ear training, and instrumental and vocal techniques. Our new Jazz Camp Package program combines the two weeks of Jazz Camp into a continuous 13-day immersion in jazz instruction.
Jazz Institute runs from August 2 – 7. Designed for adults 18 and over, Jazz Institute brings many of the world’s greatest jazz musicians together to form a residential community of astonishing creativity. Students study with the top jazz artists in the world during the day, and see them perform at the Stanford Jazz Festival at night. Jam sessions abound. Jazz Institute is open to students age 17 and under by audition.
World Rhythm @ SJW features one of the world’s most creative percussionists, Tupac Mantilla, teaching rhythms and instrumental techniques of music cultures from around the world, as well as body percussion. Tupac is sought after by many of the top jazz artists, not only for his creativity, but also for the inspiration he instills in all his students.