Jazz Camp

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CWU Jazz Camp 6-25-29, 2017

An amazing faculty, a great curriculum, a stellar facility, and a beautiful location:                     take a look and you’ll find that we are the place to study jazz this summer!



The CWU Jazz Camp curriculum is built on 

concepts and skills that are vital to understanding and performing the music at high levels. Every student will receive instruction in these five areas, regardless of ability and/or skill level.

  • Jazz Theory and Arranging
  • Instrument Masterclass
  • Improvisation
  • Ensemble Playing
  • Jazz History

Class sessions will focus on practical skills and time-tested concepts that will develop students within the week of the camp, giving them the inspiration, materials and pathways to continue their development long after camp has ended.

Place​ment Tests

Upon sign in at the camp, all students will be given evaluation tests that will assist faculty in appropriate placement in jazz theory sessions, combos and big bands. Often students ask what skills they will need to demonstrate during these evaluations. Once students are enrolled, greater detail concerning placement tests will be sent to each student.


For jazz theory: knowledge of scales, keys, chord construction, and notation will be evaluated.

For ensemble placement: tone, intonation, jazz articulation and style, improvisation and sight-reading will be evaluated.

It is possible that the faculty can make mistakes on placements and therefore some shuffling of students among ensembles and classes is possible after classes have begun.

Evening Activiti​es

A variety of evening activities are planned that offer options for students to choose from. These activities include, but are not limited to:

Jam sessions (led by staff)
Video presentations

Dorms an​d Food

A meal and housing plan is available through CWU Conference Services which includes Sunday dinner, breakfast-lunch-dinner Monday through Wednesday and Thursday breakfast & lunch. Accommodations will be in beautiful, newly constructed residence halls adjacent to the McIntyre Music building and feature rooms with double occupancy. Single rooms are available for an additional charge. Students can request roommates at the time of registration.

A commuter meal plan is available that allows for local students or those wishing to make their own housing arrangements to be at camp for the instructional day. The commuter plan includes Saturday dinner, lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday.