PROGRAM UPDATE: The Jazzschool Summer Youth Program has been postponed. It will not take place this summer. Please check out our other summer offerings for young musicians including middle school and high school ensembles for all levels and a 3-part Girls’ Jazz and Blues Workshop series!
”It was a refreshing experience to learn with kids that wanted to play music and develop as musicians as much as I did. Also, the teachers were some of the best I’ve ever had. They really seemed to enjoy teaching us and put a lot of time and effort into the camp. This experience truly inspired me to continue in music.” – Summer Youth Program Student
In this fun week-long summer program, young musicians entering grades 7 – 10 develop skills in ensemble playing, music reading, improvisation, instrumental technique, rhythm, jazz theory, and more.
Ensembles are at the core of the Summer Youth Program curriculum.
In each rehearsal, students develop instrumental technique, section skills including blend, intonation and phrasing, ear training, reading, and improvisation.
The ensemble directors introduce students to a range of music drawn from jazz and related traditions, focusing on historically significant pieces and more contemporary material.
Each participant receives two 30-minute Private Lessons on their primary instrument over the week.
Guest Master Classes feature professional bands representing a variety of styles, performing for the attendees and sharing insights in an informal Q&A setting.
Student-led Jam Sessions provide an opportunity for music-making outside of the structured ensemble format.
Open to all brass, woodwind, string instruments, piano, guitar, vibraphone, bass and drums.
June 27 – July 1, 2022
9:30 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday
End of camp student performance: Friday 6 – 9 pm
Jazz, Latin, and Funk Ensembles
Jazz Theory and Improvisation Instruction
Guest Master Classes
Concludes with an All-Camp Student Performance Friday evening, open to the public.
Program Director: Rob Ewing
For students entering grades 7 – 10.
Prerequisites: at least 2 years of playing experience on primary instrument.
Placement Audition Guidelines
Note: Auditions are for ensemble placement purposes only, not for admission into the program.
Please submit a video recording (sent as an attachment or link to YouTube video to firstname.lastname@example.org) of the following selections:
Prepared Piece: (for all instruments) This can be anything the student would like to play. (classical etudes, band music, pop songs, jazz standards…)
Improvisation: (Improvisation is optional.) For those who would like to submit an improvisation recording, please improvise over a 12 bar blues in F. 2 – 3 choruses at a comfortable tempo, using a backing track. You may also submit an additional improvisation recording on a jazz standard of your choice.
Chords: (Piano, Guitar, Vibraphone only) Play the following major seventh, minor 7th, and dominant 7th chords.
Major Seventh Chords: Cmaj7, Fmaj7, Bbmaj7, Ebmaj7, Abmaj7
Minor Seventh Chords: Cmin7, Fmin7, Bbmin7, Ebmin7, Abmin7
Dominant Seventh Chords: C7, F7, Bb7, Eb7, Ab7
Bass Lines: (Upright and Electric Bass only) Play a walking bass line on a 12 bar blues in F. 2 – 3 choruses at a comfortable tempo. You may also submit an additional bass line on a piece of your choice, any style.
Drum Patterns: (Drummers only) Play the following grooves:
4/4 swing tempo: any comfortable tempo between 90 and 120 beats per minute.
4/4 bossa nova: any comfortable tempo between 90 and 120 beats per minute.
4/4 funk: any comfortable tempo between 90 and 120 beats per minute.
optional for more advanced drummers: uptempo swing, odd-meter groove of your choice, Afro-Cuban groove of your choice, drum solo in any style or form.
COVID Guidelines: This program is scheduled to take place in person at the California Jazz Conservatory. COVID health and safety guidelines will be aligned with any city, county and state guidelines in place at the time the program is scheduled to take place.
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