Honors Jazz Program

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If you want to be surrounded 24/7 with students from all over the US and other countries, if you think you may want to be a music major in a college like UM, if you know that performing is what you want to do - THEN - this is the place for you!

Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Voice, and Winds


Program Length 2 weeks
Dates Session B: July 2 – July 13
Session C: July 16 – July 27
Hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Age Range 13 and above (qualified younger students may also audition)
Registration Fee TBA
Tuition TBA
Dorm Program –not required for commuters. Includes room, board, and activities TBA
Housing Check In/ Check Out Dates Session B: Sun, July 1/Sat., July 14
Session C: Sun, July 15/ Sat, July 28
(note: campers attending both sessions do not need to check out between sessions, dorm counselors will be on duty)

Program Description

Highly talented and motivated students are invited to apply to our Honors Jazz Program. This program has limited enrollment and students are chosen to participate based upon an audition demo. We offer you the opportunity to interact with our exceptional faculty - including members of the UM Frost School of Music. The curriculum is not only made up of highly intellectual jazz courses such as Advanced Jazz Theory and Improvisation and Jazz Arranging, but you also will experience what it is like to learn about the “feeling of Jazz,” by the legendary, Mr. Ira Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan, who performed with Charlie Parker and many others, teaches from his soul, and students will have the unforgettable experience of hearing stories about the beginnings of Be-Bop from a musician who was actually there!


  • For Winds, Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums, and Voice students age 14 or above. (qualified younger students are welcome to apply)
  • If part of a school ensemble, should be performing at Music Grade level 6.0 or above.
  • A recommendation from your music teacher.
  • An audition demo is required: 10-minute maximum. All auditions must be submitted as a high-quality video file or a YouTube link. Send your demos to: youngmusicianscamp@gmail.com
  • Winds, Piano, Guitar: submit the following 2 selections:
  • A ballad: no longer than 1 chorus.
  • Improvisation: play the head and solo on a jazz standard. This may be submitted with either a live group or with a jazz play-along.
  • Bass: Play the melody to a blues selection, improvise for 1 chorus and demonstrate 2 choruses of a walking bass line.
  • Drums: Play time in the following styles: Slow Swing (mm= 100/quarter note) and fast swing (mm=200/quarter note). If possible, record this with a bass player or combo. Also include a short excerpt performing with a combo to demonstrate small group playing, including trading 4's.
  • Voice: Submit 2 contrasting songs in any of these styles: a swing tune, a jazz standard ballad, a Latin tune, or a pop song. All songs (except pop) must include at least 1 chorus of improvisation, accompanied by a piano accompanist or a jazz play-a-long.


  • All bass, guitar, and wind players must bring their own instrument to Camp. (bass players and guitarists should also bring their amps)
  • In each Session, ensembles will learn different music. Students attending more than one session may also choose a different elective.
  • There is limited enrollment for bass, drums, and piano.
Daily Schedule (9:00 A.M. – 3:45 P.M.)
Time Activity
8:45 DROP OFF at the Frost School of Music
9:00 - 10:00 ELECTIVE
  • Rhythm Section Workshop: for pianists, bass players, and drummers
  • Jazz Rock Guitar Ensemble: for guitarists and vocalists.
  • Performance Practices in Jazz: An in-depth look at Jazz through listening and playing. Improvisation in styles such as Be Bop, Swing, Latin, and Free style will be studied.
10:15 - 11:15

Music Theory for Jazz players
This theory class uses the innovative Frost School of Music experiential model which incorporates ear training and improvisation but geared just for jazz players. We offer Jazz Fundamentals and Advanced Jazz Theory and Improv.

11:30 - 12:00 LUNCH (Lunch is included in the camp tuition)
In the UM Cafeteria, you will be able to select from the grill (hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries), salad bar, pizza, hot meal of the day, and the deli. Fresh fruits, desserts, and beverages are all included.
12:15 - 1:15 ELECTIVE
  • Songwriting and Composition: for students who have some experience either writing songs (music/lyrics) or instrumental compositions. Campers work in groups according to their style (pop song, jazz group, rock band..etc)
  • Digital Sound Design: This class will explore digital editing, mixing, and mastering techniques, using the software Logic Pro 10. Students will be encouraged to write, record, and produce an original composition using these techniques. (for students new to Logic Pro 10 and for those experienced in using it)
  • Blues Ensemble: play the real blues….
  • Music Biz: learn from an expert in the field.(session C only)
  • Jazz Arranging: Learn how to take a jazz tune and make your own arrangement.
  • Contemporary Vocal Techniques: Students will learn about healthy vocal habits and techniques for singing in contemporary vocal styles. Microphone and basic recording techniques and other practical advice for singers will also be covered.
1:30 - 2:30 ENSEMBLE
  • Latin Jazz Ensemble – for all jazz instrumentalists
  • Honors Jazz Vocal Ensemble I – for all honors jazz vocalists
2:45 - 3:45 ENSEMBLE
  • Honors Jazz Ensemble I- for all honors jazz instrumentalists
  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble – for all jazz vocalists
4:00 - 5:00 ENSEMBLE
  • Honors Jazz Ensemble II – for all honors jazz instrumentalists
  • Honors Jazz Vocal Ensemble II – for all honors jazz vocalists


Other Options

Private Lessons

Private lessons given by our camp staff may be scheduled after regular dismissal.

Dorm Program

For Middle School and High School Campers, ages 11 and above

Are you from out of town? (Or do you live in Miami but want to see what it's like to go to a sleep away camp?) Our full-time program is open to campers ages 11 and above. Coordinated by our amazingly talented Dorm Counselors, you will spend lots of time playing music and hanging out with kids like you who are seriously into music, plus enjoy fun camp activities too!


After the camp classes are over for the day, you are met by your dorm counselor. You go back to the dorm to rest and relax until dinner. All dorm campers go to dinner together, and then after dinner our counselors plan various activities. Each activity is supervised by one of our (totally awesome) counselors. All campers receive a pass to use the UM Wellness Center (on-campus fitness center with an indoor pool, racquet ball, indoor track, etc.). Campers can also use the evening time to get their practicing in. We have fun activities such as: jam sessions, game night, scavenger hunt, and more... On the weekend, we use our bus to take us to places like the beach, the movies, bowling, and ice skating!


HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST? The cost is TBA (A non-refundable housing fee is required at the time of registration to reserve your room. This deposit will be applied to your housing balance.)

WHAT DOES THE DORM ROOM PROVIDE AND WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? The dorm is air-conditioned and there is free WIFI. There is a communal bathroom on the floor. There is one floor for our boys and one for our girls. Sheets and towels are provided (bring a pillow and light blanket). There is a laundry room and the camp provides laundry detergent, so that you can wash your clothes. After you register for the Dorm Program, we will send you our complete Dorm Packet with what to bring, health forms, and dorm program rules.

WILL I HAVE A ROOMMATE? Everyone has a roommate. We will match you up with someone close in age or if you come with a friend, you can request to be roommates.

WHO ARE THE COUNSELORS? Our counselors are college students or college graduates. They are in charge of what you do after our camp classes are over for the day. They are all musicians too - so they arrange our jam sessions, can help you with your songwriting/composition assignments, will remind you to get your practice time in, and more! They can give you an inside look into what it's like to be a college music major!


Bus Transportation

Bus transportation to the camp, located on the campus of the University of Miami in
Coral Gables, is provided by a private bus company. Honors Program participants may sign up for the morning bus, however, this program ends at 5:00 pm, which is one hour later than regular dismissal. A late afternoon bus MAY be offered if there is sufficient enrollment. If you do not see a location near your home, please contact the camp. It may be possible for us to add an additional location on one of our routes!

Bus Location
Broward Bus Sawgrass Mall
Miramar Parkway and I-75
Bob Graham K-8 School (15901 NW 79th Ave) Miami Lakes
Dade Bus Highland Oaks Middle School (2375 NE 203rd St. Aventura)
Sunny Isles
Miami Beach Episcopal Church (Pine Tree Drive & 41st St)

Extended Care

Supervised before and after care is available.
Before Care: 7:15 am – 9:00 am
After Care: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm / no charge, but you must register for this.

How to Apply
Enrollment is limited for this program. You will be notified of your acceptance after the camp receives ALL application materials: Online Registration, Application Fee, Teacher Recommendation, and Audition Demo. Your full deposit (plus the dorm deposit if you are staying in the dorm) is due after receiving your acceptance letter.
  • Review the Daily Schedule to learn about the classes offered, and choose your elective.
  • The Camp will email our "Teacher Recommendation Form" to your music teacher. This is to confirm that you are in the correct level. Make sure you know the e-mail address of your school or private music teacher before you start to register.
  • Register Here