Jazz Starters Camp for All Instruments

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**Waitlist for Pianists**

for All Instruments
Camp Director: John Paul Velez
Grades 5 – 8
July 8 - 12
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Register now! | Welcome Letter for Registered Families

Is classical music completely different from jazz or do these two styles have more in common than you think?   Is it possible to take the skills that you develop through your private instrumental lessons and turn them into jazz?

Jazz Starters Camp is a great opportunity for students with no prior jazz experience who wish to explore how to play jazz on their instrument. Starting with the basics - rhythm, melody, and harmony - students will experiment with new ways to approach these fundamentals of music from a jazz perspective.  Along the way, they will learn new tunes, harmonies, scales, and riffs which they can then incorporate into their playing and begin sounding like the jazz musician they want to be.  Pianists in Jazz Starters Camp will concentrate mostly on playing and accompanying with chords for the rest of the band, as well as learning to improvise and take a solo.  Note:  the number of pianists accepted into Jazz Starters Camp is limited to 3.

Each day, students will have small group lessons, as well as specialty classes in jazz history/theory and drumming circle.  Ensemble playing in small and large groups will be a part of the weekly experience as students play with each other and alongside the pros.

Students will have the opportunity to play for one another in an informal performance class setting in preparation for their recital for the families on the final day of camp.

Students must have completed at least 2 years of private lessons on their instruments and have a level of proficiency to allow them to learn music with some independence.  Students must be entering grades 5 through 8 in the fall of 2019.  Eligible students with some background or experience in jazz may sign up for Jazz Combo Boot Camp if they meet the age requirements.

Jazz Starters Camp will be held on the Westminster Choir College campus in Princeton Hall.

Jazz Starters Camp will meet Monday through Friday from 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM. A mid-afternoon break time will allow the students to socialize and eat the snack that they have brought for the day.

On the final day, the students will present a concert for their family and friends (time TBA).  Students should wear their Conservatory T-shirts to the performance!

Fees Early Bird Discount
(Register by May 15)
$400 $375

$50 Late Fee will be added to tuition for registrations received one week prior to starting date of camp. 

Fee includes assignment folder plus a Westminster Conservatory T-shirt.

A non-refundable deposit of $75 per session is due with the application. The balance of the fee is due by June 1. Registrations received after June 1 must pay in full. Cancellations after June 1 will receive a refund (less deposit, above) only if another student can be placed from a waiting list.