Summer Workshop


August 3, 2020 – August 15, 2020

Ages 12 – 18

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 10,000+ 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.

2020 Summer Workshop Brochure

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2020 Summer Workshop Brochure

Summer Workshop Flyer

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JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Summer Workshop 2020

Concerts + Events

Throughout the Summer Workshop, students will have several exciting performance opportunities to showcase everything they have worked on. Over the course of the two-week program, all students will perform at the acclaimed Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, Montclair State University’s Leshowitz Recital Hall, and the celebrated Montclair Jazz Festival.

Big Bands at Dizzy’s
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center in New York City is one of the preeminent jazz clubs in the world. Scores of jazz greats have taken to this stage in the past, and our Summer Workshop students will follow in their footsteps and perform on it themselves. Hosted by our Artistic Director, Christian McBride, this evening promises to be an unforgettable event for students and families alike!

Combos in the Concert Hall
The “small combo” is at the heart of jazz, providing space and freedom for musicians to improvise and create at the highest levels. Students will show off their skills while performing in Montclair State University’s state-of-the-art Leshowitz Recital Hall. No tickets required.

Montclair Jazz Festival
The culmination of our Summer Workshop, the Montclair Jazz Festival is a “No Tickets Required” all-day festival produced by JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. Students will perform before over 10,000 music fans who attend this event annually. Hosted by actor S. Epatha Merkerson, past headliners include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, George Coleman, Louis Prima Jr., Paquito D’Rivera, John Scofield, Jose James, Anat Cohen, Chuchito Valdes, Kenny Barron, and The Bronx Horns. These jazz giants share the stage with our rising stars – our students – and teaching artists! NO TICKETS REQUiRED!

Family BBQ
All students, faculty, friends, and families are invited to meet and mingle for an evening of delicious BBQ and music from our alumni! After the BBQ, students stay for extended evening rehearsals in preparation for their performance at Dizzy’s.
Extended Sectional Rehearsals: Following the Family BBQ, in preparation for performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC. Students will be dismissed from MSU at 10 pm.


Daily Schedule

8:45-9:00 AM Daily Announcements
9:00-10:55 AM Theory, Improvisation, and Instrumental Tech Classes
11:00-2:25 PM Lunch, Small Ensemble, and History Classes
2:30-3:30 PM Community Concert and Symposium Series (open to the public)
3:35-5:00 PM Big Band Ensembles

Summer Workshop Residential Students

Residential Students

To accommodate our growing number of campers from across the country and the globe, Jazz House Summer Workshop participants may opt for housing at Montclair State University, steps away from the Cali School of Music. Students will be chaperoned by Jazz House Kids staff and teacher’s assistants. Space is limited; submit the housing supplement with your online summer workshop registration today!
• Machuga Heights Residence Hall
• Air conditioned
• Free Wi-Fi
• All meals-provided
• After-hour activities planned for students (included)
• Weekend accommodations (included)
• Free laundry services on site
* Sunday, August 2: check in at 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 15: check out at 10:00am

7:30 AM               Breakfast
8:45-5:00 PM      Regular Workshop Schedule
5:00-6:30 PM      Dinner
6:30-10:00 PM    Scheduled Daily Activity
10:00 PM             Curfew
10:30 PM             Lights Out


Tuition: By The Numbers

Registration Fee………………….……………………………..$25 per family
Early Bird Tuition (paid in full by April 20)………..$1,495* (including $100 deposit)
General Tuition (after March 15)………….…………… .$1,595* (including $100 deposit)
Housing (optional)………………………………………………$1,495 (added to tuition payment)
*Discounts available for 2+ siblings & 4th year campers
*$100 late fee after June 15
*Additional fees apply for international students


Tuition Assistance

At JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, we are dedicated to making our programs as accessible as possible. As such, we proudly offer a tuition assistance scholarship program for our Summer Workshop. Scholarships are based on financial need. Tuition assistance scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to apply as early as possible, as scholarship funds are limited. The deadline for applications is May 31st. All applicants must submit their most recent tax return in order to be considered for assistance. For more information, please give us a call at (973) 744-2273.


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.

Placement Auditions are done digitally through YouTube video link submissions. The placement videos ensure that students are placed in ensembles that meet their individual needs and levels. Students must submit a video audition to participate in the program. The submission window for audition videos is April 1st-30th. Videos taken from a cell phone are adequate quality.

Audition materials coming soon. Stay tuned!


Important Dates

January 15………………..Registration Opens
April 20 ………………….Early Bird Tuition Deadline
April 1-30………………….Video Audition Submission Window
May 31……………………..General Tuition Deadline
May 31……………………..Tuition Assistance Deadline
After June 15……..……..$100 late fee applies
August 3 –  August 15..…….JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

Housing Questions

Q: Will there be security in Machuga Heights?
Montclair State University provides 24-hour on-site security with access to EMS and Campus Police. In addition, Machuga Heights can only be entered with an access card which students will be given individually at orientation.
There will always be a Jazz House Kids chaperone staff on-site.

Q: Will students be able to travel off campus?
No, students are not permitted to travel alone or with other families unless that student’s parent or legal guardian gives full consent in writing to Jazz House Kids.

Q: Who can I talk to in the case of an emergency?
The Jazz House Summer Workshop staff is accessible 24 hours a day over the duration of the Workshop. The Workshop administrative team is available during normal business hours. From 5pm until 9am the Housing Manager can be contacted. The Jazz House Summer Workshop office phone and emergency cell phone are the same number – 973-768-2001.

Q: Will my child be allowed to choose their roommate?
Students who wish to have a specific roommate should contact the Jazz House no later than Monday, January 23rd. If there is not a specification of room assignments, one will be chosen by the Jazz House staff.

Q: Will my child be allowed to change their room assignment once the workshop begins?
No, all rooming assignments will be established before the workshop begins. ANy extenuating circumstances will be given full consideration on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Will students be allowed to bring game systems?
Jazz House Kids encourages all resident students to leave important
personal items at home. However, individuals may bring personal items at their own risk. Neither Montclair State University nor Jazz House Kids will assume the responsibility for any personal items that are stolen, broken, or lost.

Q: Can students have snacks in their rooms?
Yes, students are permitted to have snacks in their rooms but must clean up after themselves.

Q: What kind of food can resident students expect?
We are able to cater to all students’ dietary needs. Meal options vary throughout the duration of the Workshop due to schedules. Students will have some meals at the campus dining hall – which has various options and an ‘all-you-can-eat’ situation. Other meals will be delivered by campus catering right to the lounge in the resident hall. Lunches are provided through campus catering, and all students get an assortment of options of sandwiches, veggie wraps, salads and bagels. These lunches also include fruit, chips, cookies and a bottle of water and are delivered right to the Cali School of Music. Some examples of catered dinners include a Mexican night with quesadillas & rice & beans, Italian night with pasta, meatballs & sausage & salad. Breakfast could consist of items such as omelettes, waffles, pancakes, cereal, or bagels.

General Questions

Q: Can my child attend 1-week only?
No, the program is a 2-week commitment.

Q: How do I get tickets to Dizzy’s?
Tickets MUST be reserved through Student Services by completing the RSVP form. Payment for Dizzy’s is taken that night at the door. Please do not send in payment to JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, as you pay Dizzy’s directly that night. Due to space limitations at the club, we must limit all students to a maximum of 2 tickets each. For families with multiple students in the Workshop – we can only allow 2 tickets per family. If extra tickets become available, we will notify families via email, and they will be distributed on a first-response first-serve basis.

Q: What concerts does my child perform in?
All students perform at Dizzy’s, at the Montclair Jazz Festival, and at 1 of the 2 performances in Leshowitz Hall at MSU. Big Bands perform at the Festival and at Dizzy’s. Small group combos perform in Leshowitz Hall. All students will perform 3 times. For specific details on your child’s performance, please refer to their schedule.

Q: 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. Placement auditions will be done through YouTube video submissions, due between April 1-30. More information and musical submission guidelines can be found here.

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. Students must bring their own lunch. If you are interested in purchasing lunch, you must pre-order through Student Services by July 15. Lunch will not be sold during the Workshop.

Q: What do students wear?
Comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes. Students are required to dress for all concerts in concert attire which means a white dress shirt, black dress pants/skirt. No sneakers are permitted. Items of clothing which contain profanity, promote drugs or alcohol, expose bare midriffs, bare chests, undergarments or that are transparent are not permitted at all times during the Workshop. For the Montclair Jazz Festival – student must wear their Summer Workshop tee-shirt (distributed at the Workshop) and are permitted to wear shorts.

Q: Is individual instruction available?
Yes, one-on-one instruction is available for an additional charge. Sign up is required in advance.

Q: What happens if my child misses their private lesson?
If a student does not show up to their private lesson and the workshop office was not notified in advance of any change, the lesson and payment will be forfeited.

Q: Is before- and after-care available?
Before-care is not available. The JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop features a FREE open jam session every day from 5:00-6:00pm. Students must be picked up by 6:00pm, no exceptions.

Q: Are need-based scholarships available?
Yes, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS believes that all students deserve access to great arts experiences – apply for Tuition Assistance early as funds are limited.

Q: Will there be time to practice?
There will not be much time at camp to practice. We expect students to go home and practice their music daily.

Q: Is there instrument storage on site?
Students with a bass, bari sax, or drum set can load in and leave their instruments overnight with permission from Workshop staff. However, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is not responsible for instruments and personal belongings left unattended or damaged while at the workshop. There is limited space available. Please label all of your belongings to avoid any confusion! All classrooms will be locked.

Q: Is there parking on site?
Yes, there is a parking garage at the Red Hawk Parking Deck at Montclair State University (right down the street from the John J. Cali School of Music). You may park at the Red Hawk Parking Deck at the regular rate provided by the school. Parking information can be found in this package as well.

Summer Workshop Flyer

Know someone else who might be interested in the JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop? Download our 1-page flyer here!

JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Summer Workshop flyer