Advanced 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, if you are between the ages of 12-17 (entering grades 7-12) and are advanced on your instrument, then the ADVANCED JAZZ PROGRAM is for you!

Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, and Winds


Program Length 2 weeks
Dates Session B: July 2 – July 13
Session C: July 16 – July 27
Hours Hours 9:00 am – 3:45 pm (optional 6th class from 4:00-5:00 pm)
Age Range for ages 12-17/ entering grades 7-12 in the fall. (Younger students who qualify with a Teacher Recommendation may also apply)
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

With a full schedule filled with intensive jazz classes, at the end of the session you will leave with a deeper understanding of all aspects of Jazz. This summer, the ensembles will concentrate on Swing and Latin Jazz, so you will learn the authentic way to play these styles. Our faculty are all performers and educators and every summer they look forward to passing along the great jazz tradition to the next generation! In addition, you will be able to choose electives where you can get better at something you are familiar with or can explore another aspect of the exciting world of Jazz. This program is for serious jazz players – our faculty will expect you to practice hard at camp – but the result will be a big step forward towards becoming a pro!


  • Entering grades 7-12 in the fall/ ages 12-17. (qualified younger students may enroll with a teacher recommendation)
  • Should be at an “Advanced” level of musical ability.
  • If you are part of a school Jazz Band, then you should be performing at Music Proficiency level 5 or above.
  • Pianists should have experience reading chord symbols.
  • Should have some experience in the skill of improvisation.
  • All applicants who meet the above requirements may enroll in the Camp.*
  • 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
Music Theory for Jazz players

A continuation of the Ensemble class, with the addition of subjects such as: sight reading, audition preparation, conducting, and technique.
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 also 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 who are 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 this field. session C only)
  • Jazz Arranging: Learn how to take a jazz tune and make your own arrangement.
1:30 - 2:30 ENSEMBLE
Latin Jazz Ensemble
2:45 - 3:45 ENSEMBLE
Swing Jazz Ensemble
3:45 REGULAR DISMISSAL at the Frost School of Music
4:00 - 5:00 OPTIONAL CLASSES (separate fees apply)
You really don't want to leave camp so soon...
  • Jazz Rock Jam: for instrumentalists and vocalists.
  • Piano Lab: whether you already play piano or if you want to learn, practice in our piano studio under the guidance of our expert instructors.
  • Songwriting and Composition: Working in small groups, campers can learn how to write a song or compose music in any style (popular, classical, jazz, rock…)
  • Private Instruction: Individual lessons with the Camp faculty.
Other Options

Private Lessons and 6th Period Classes 

Private lessons given by our camp staff may be scheduled after regular dismissal. We suggest 60 minute lessons for this age and level.

The classes are held daily except for the last day of the session.

Dorm Program

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

Are you from out of town – or – do you live in South Florida 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

Are you from out of town – or – do you live in South Florida 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!

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: 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm

How to Apply
  • Review the Daily Schedule to learn about the classes offered, and choose your Electives and Optional Classes.
  • The Camp will email our "Teacher Recommendation Form" to your child's music teacher. This is to confirm that your camper is 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