Summer Workshop


Jazz House Summer Workshop

Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey

For two weeks each August, the Jazz House Summer Workshop immerses students in the art of jazz performance and helps them become well-rounded musicians through workshops, ensemble performances and jam sessions with professional musicians.

Students of all levels receive mentoring and top-notch instruction to develop key skills and enhance knowledge in fundamentals of music and the art of performance, for both instrumental musicians and vocalists. Highlights include master classes, small groups and big band ensembles, history and culture, composition and film scoring. Students perform at the renowned Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, top NJ jazz clubs and the Montclair Jazz Festival, which attracts an audience of 6,000 jazz fans.

The camp provides a safe environment where young musicians are mentored by an array of acclaimed faculty and visiting guest artists. Together, emerging musicians create musical bonds and memories that will last a lifetime.

Registration and Scholarship Applications

Registration deposit required at time of enrollment.
Call 973-744-2273 or email to request forms.

New audition materials coming soon. Stay tuned!


Scholarships are based on financial need. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early as scholarship funds are limited.

Summer Workshop Placement Auditions

Placement auditions allow the faculty to get to know you as a person and as a musician. The audition ensures you are placed in ensembles and classes that meet your needs and level.

Private Lessons

Advance sign-up is required – book your private lessons when registering. Please send separate checks for private lesson payments.
*Maximum of two lessons unless space permits.

What a difference two weeks can make!

• The Jazz House Summer Workshop immerses students in the art of jazz performance and helps them become well-rounded musicians.
• The camp offers a separate Louis Armstrong track to meet the needs of our youngest players
new to jazz and instrumental music. This track includes a fun, daily physical activity component.
• Get a leg up! The Jazz House Summer Workshop offers daily private lessons with our acclaimed faculty – additional charge per lesson and by appointment only.
• Daily Community Concerts feature noted jazz artists and are free and open to the public.
• The Jazz House Summer Workshop Big Band overnight is as fun as it is musically uplifting.
• The highlight of the camp is a series of worldclass concerts on stages both small and large.
• After-hours student jam sessions offer authentic jazz experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Can my child attend 1-week only?
No, the program is a 2-week commitmentQ: Do students need to prepare for the auditions?
Yes, all students will need to audition for appropriate level placement in the Jazz House Summer Workshop. Please call 973-744-2273 for additional information.Q: Are students allowed to leave the premises anytime during the day?
For safety reasons, students are required to stay at the facility for the duration of the day.Q: Are lunches provided?
Lunch is not provided, but refrigeration is available.Q: Are snacks provided?
Snacks are available for purchase during the lunch hour at minimal prices. We also recommend children bring extra snacks daily.Q: What do students wear?
Comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes are advised.Q: Is individual instruction available?
Yes, one-on-one instruction is available for an additional charge. Sign up is required in advance of camp starting.Q: Is before-and after-care available?
Yes, before care is available for an additional charge. The Jazz House Summer Workshop also features a FREE open jam session from 5pm to 6pm each day, so there is no charge for late stayers. Students must be picked up by 6pm.Q: Are need-based scholarships available?
Yes, Jazz House Kids believes that all students deserve access to great arts experiences — apply early as funds are limited.

Summer Workshop Facility

The Jazz House Summer Workshop makes its home in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Cali School of Music facility at Montclair State University. The 1928 Spanish Mission Style building was renovated and expanded in 2009. The building is named in honor of the John J. Cali family whose generous $5 million gift provides scholarships and faculty support to Montclair State University’s School of Music. John and Rose Cali have also been longtime friends of Jazz House Kids. Their generosity and guidance has been immeasurable, making it possible to build our new Jazz House, and provide tuition assistance for close to 40% of our student body each year.

It is an honor for us to present the Jazz House Summer Workshop in the Cali School of Music facility. The building stands at the main entrance to the Montclair State campus and well-appointed classrooms rehearsal studios, practice rooms (all outfitted with Steinway pianos), and the 235-seat Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall where our students, faculty and special guests will perform. Large ensembles and opera productions take place in the Alexander Kasser Theater close to the music building near the main entrance to the campus. The Kasser Theater is also home to many professional theater and musical productions.

We Thank Our Sponsors!

The Jazz House Summer Workshop is made possible thanks to the generous support of City National Bank, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area, Gia Maione Prima Foundation, the ASCAP Foundation, Montclair Fund for Women, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation and Variety, The Children’s Charity of New York and our many generous individual supporters.

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