Summer Jazz Camp FAQs

I’ve never played jazz before. Can I still attend Summer Jazz Camp?
We accept students in grades 6 through college freshman, at all abilities and experience levels. Campers do not need prior experience with jazz, just a strong interest, an openness to learning and trying new things, and a basic fluency on their instrument. Students are auditioned for ensembles on the first day of camp and assigned to both a big band and a combo at their level.

Do you offer vocal instruction?
Yes! Vocalists take part in voice master classes, ensembles and may also join an instrumental combo as a soloist.

What happens at the audition?
All campers will play a jazz melody in the blues style and improvise a two-chorus solo. Follow the links below to print the melody and blues scale for YOUR instrument or voice.

  • Instrumental Audition COMING SOON!
  • Vocal Audition COMING SOON!

I don’t play a typical jazz big band instrument. Can I still attend camp?
Yes, we accept strings, flutes, clarinets, and all kinds of brass. Woodwind and brass players are all assigned to appropriate master classes; we also offer a separate master class for strings assuming we have enough registrants on those instruments. All students are assigned to at least one combo and we make every effort to find a big band for students, no matter the instrument.

Will I be studying with other people my age?
Not necessarily. We place students in ensembles based on their proficiency with jazz. Your ensemble may be made up of students your age, or a mixture of ages.

What equipment should I bring with me?
We provide acoustic pianos, keyboards, drum kits (without cymbals), and bass and guitar amps. All other instruments and equipment must be brought with you for each day of the camp. We also provide each camper with a folder for music and worksheets as well as blank manuscript paper for note-taking. Drummers local to the Monterey area will be asked to bring their drum kit to camp. We are only able to provide drum kits for students who will be traveling a distance to camp and cannot bring their own set. Larger instruments and equipment may be stored in the locked rooms on the MPC Campus.

When should day campers plan on arriving at camp?
Please see the camp manual for arrival and departure information.

Where do I eat during the camp?
Each camper will need to bring a bag lunch each day. We also suggest that you bring snacks.

 

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