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To enroll in the Jazzschool Community Music School, please read these important instructions!

For courses that don’t require an audition or consultation, sign up online or complete the application and submit it along with full tuition. Students may register online, by phone (510.845.5373), mail, fax (510.841.5373) or in person. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be guaranteed without full payment. Students applying for courses that are full may be placed on a waiting list. The JCMS accepts checks (made payable to The Jazzschool), cash, VISA or MASTERCARD or Discover. Payment plans are available.

To register in courses requiring a consultation or audition please call the JCMS at 510.845.5373 for assistance with placement.

Performance Ensembles

Admission is based on a confidential, friendly 20-minute placement audition to determine where students are best suited to play or sing. Placement auditions address students’ overall musicality, technical ability, stylistic preference(s) and availability.

Please fill out the online ensemble application form or call the school to schedule an appointment (510.845.5373).

Please note: With the exception of the fall quarter, students previously enrolled in a performance ensemble have the option of re-enrolling in that same course again on a consecutive quarterly basis within the academic year without having to re-audition. New students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble in winter, spring and/or summer quarters must schedule a placement audition or telephone consultation and will be accepted on a parts-available basis.

JCMS Faculty and Course Schedules

Given prestigious national and international performance and/or lecture opportunities that arise, Jazzschool faculty, course offerings and/or class schedules may be subject to change. The Jazzschool makes every effort to provide its students with the optimal educational experience possible under these or any other circumstances at all times.

Refund Policy

Course and ensemble tuition includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Requests to drop must be received in writing within 48 hours of the first class meeting to qualify for a refund; please visit the main office or e-mail drop@cjc.edu to request a refund. Refunds are not possible after the 48-hour drop deadline. $100 per week of camp and intensive tuition is non-refundable; the remainder is refundable only until 30 days prior to the start of the program. Tuition for workshops is non-refundable. No exceptions please! Please note: Refunds may take up to 30 days to process.

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The Word

“Nowhere else can you learn from such a talented staff in a setting that is devoted to the art form. People at the school obviously care – the instructors, the staff, the other students. Having a welcoming environment devoted to jazz is a powerful aid to those of us just getting started.”

— Harry