Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Requirements


Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Requirements

We’re thrilled to announce the return of in-person Jazzschool Young Musicians Program ensembles!


Summer 2022 Jazzschool Young Musicians Program

Jazzschool youth ensembles will take place in person at the California Jazz Conservatory. All ensembles require a consultation/audition. Ensembles conclude with a performance, open to the public.

This Summer Quarter, the Jazzschool Young Musicians Program offers ensembles that meet twice weekly for 3 weeks (6 class meetings), concluding with a student performance.


Session 1: July 5 – 22 (Performance Date: July 24)

Session 2: July 25 – August 12 (Performance Date: August 24)

Ensembles meet twice weekly, on either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.

Ensemble sections are available each day from 3 – 4:30 pm and 4:45 – 6:15 pm.

Ensemble Descriptions

The Jazzschool offers ensembles for middle school and high school students at all levels.

High School Jazz Ensembles (Combos)

Gain a greater understanding of jazz theory and develop improvisation skills through the study and performance of challenging jazz repertoire.

Multiple sections throughout the week. $275 (per quarter)

Middle School Jazz Ensembles (Combos)

Learn to play jazz and improvise while covering a wide repertoire from John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Harris and other jazz masters.

Multiple sections throughout the week. $275 (per quarter)


For more information about the Jazzschool Young Musicians Program, please contact Young Musicians Program Director, Erik Jekabson erik@cjc.edu.



To schedule an audition, please fill out the ONLINE APPLICATION. After your application is received, you will be contacted within 1 – 2 weeks with an audition time. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be scheduled at the earliest available time. Students will be contacted with placement information following the audition.


High School and Middle School Combo Audition Instructions

Entering musicians are asked to prepare a skill-level appropriate jazz standard, improvise over a 12-bar blues (optional) or rhythm changes (for high school students only) and sight-read.

Drummers: please demonstrate your ability to play a swing groove, a Latin or straight 8th groove, and improvise within these grooves.  If able, you can demonstrate your ballad or waltz playing abilities.


Students have the option of submitting an online video audition rather than scheduling an in-person audition. Students submitting their audition online are still required to fill out an online application (see above). On the application form, please select live audition or video submission.

Instructions for Online Video Submission

The student should be clearly visible (and audible) on the video.

Perform two skill-level appropriate jazz standards. Please state the name of each piece before you play it.

Download one of the two 12 bar blues (either F or Bb) improvisation tracks by clicking here for the improvisation portion of your audition. Two choruses of improvisation are required.

On the video, it is important that your playing is heard louder than anything else, including any accompanying tracks.

Piano and Guitar Players

Follow the above instructions with only one change: after improvising, please demonstrate comping/voicings on a blues or rhythm changes.


Please demonstrate the following styles:

swing, bossa nova, funk/rock

Demonstrate each style at various tempos (i.e. slow, medium, fast)

On each style/tempo please “trade fours” with yourself (4 bars of time, 4 bars of solo, etc.)

Make sure your different style and trading 4s demonstrations last for at least 16 measures each.

After you have completed your video, upload your audition to YouTube and title the video with your name (Example: John Smith Jazzschool Audition). You should make this a private video (unless you don’t mind it being available to the public). Once the video is uploaded, send a link to erik@cjc.edu. You may also upload the video to a private website and email a link. Please do not email audition videos as attachments.


COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

In the interest of providing the best possible health and safety conditions for our campus community, all in-person participants are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This includes staff, faculty and students in classes and workshops, and performers and audience members at concerts. All participants must wear masks regardless of vaccination status with the exception of horn players and vocalists in classes/workshops and performers in concerts, providing they maximize physical distancing.

After registering, a CJC staff member will contact you to request a scanned copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card or a copy of your Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Record. Registration will not be considered confirmed and finalized until proof of vaccination has been received.

The California Jazz Conservatory kindly requests that anyone feeling unwell refrain from attending in-person events of any kind.

Participants who are exempted from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination for medical reasons only, must provide the California Jazz Conservatory with verification of exemption from a licensed medical professional, and proof of negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours of each event, to participate.