Jazz Program

AGES 13-17
The Jazz Program offers a one-week deep dive into the performance, theory, and history of jazz. We welcome students of all levels, from those whose study of jazz is just beginning to experienced improvisers. Through individual instruction from our expert faculty, students explore improvisation within the jazz idiom and examine the solos of jazz legends. Performances in combos and small ensembles improve listening skills, teamwork, and musicality; performances in large ensembles tackle big-band tunes by greats such as Count Basie and Thad Jones. Students have the option to study the theoretical side of jazz through big-band arranging and composition classes.
As a student in the Jazz Program, you can expect:
  • Individualized private lessons
  • Combos and big bands
  • Listening and analysis classes
  • Sectionals
  • Jazz theory and improvisation classes


Fees, Faculty and Schedules


$1,250 (includes lodging and meals)




Piano usage fee for piano majors is $40.
Optional secondary instrument lesson fee (one lesson for 45 minutes) is $75.
Bedding (optional) is $75.

All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships. If you would like more information about our scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page




Grant Larson Saxophone
Matt Fuller Guitar
Greg Harris Piano, Vibraphone
Braun Khan Double Bass, Electric Bass
Important Refund and Other Policies
  1. If you applied and were accepted to a program last year, you do not need to reapply for that same program. Please let us know as soon as possible about your desire to attend the 2021 program in question.
  2. In order to secure your placement in the program, a 50% deposit of your tuition is due within 7 days of receiving your acceptance letter. Your final deposit is due a month before the beginning of your program.
  3. Any tuition paid is nonrefundable.
  4. If the camps are mandated to close by the CDC, state, or local authorities, you will receive a full tuition refund if the program has not yet started. If the camp is mandated to close during a program, your tuition refund will be prorated.*
  5. As a safeguard during this uncertain time, you are required to purchase a third party tuition and travel insurance plan which will protect your investment should a student choose to cancel ahead of time or is unable to complete the camp. We have partnered with Travel Insured International, which comes highly recommended by AM Skier, Rocky Ridge’s insurance provider. Regardless of which insurance company you choose, please provide proof of insurance prior to making your final tuition payment to Rocky Ridge.
  6. We will be updating this policy list regularly. Please continue to visit this list for the most recent policy updates and COVID-19 safety protocols that will be required prior to and during the camps.

*Except for the $85 application fee, which is nonrefundable.

Typical Daily Schedule

7:15AM: Breakfast

– Listening Group 1
– Individual Practice
– Private Lessons

– Listening Group 2
– Individual Practice
– Private Lessons

– Combo Rehearsal 1
– Improv Class

– Combo Rehearsal 2
– Improv Class

12:00PM: Lunch

12:45PM: Big Band Rehearsal

3:00PM: Break

– Music Theory
– Jazz Composition
– Arranging

5:30PM: Dinner

6:15PM: Individual Practice

7:15PM: Performance Class/Directed Jam Session

9:15PM: Return to Cabins

9:45PM: Lights out

Audition Requirements
Applications for Summer 2021 will be available on January 15, 2021!
There is no entry audition required for the Jazz Program; however, as part of their application all students must upload video files for ensemble placement purposes and to be considered for merit scholarships.
Audition should consist of two contrasting pieces that best represent the applicant’s level and accomplishment. A jazz standard is suggested as one of these pieces but not required, and students with no prior jazz experience are encouraged to apply. Please submit video recording, audio-only recordings will not be accepted. Supported video file types are avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, vob, wmv, mkv.
All recordings must be uploaded as part of the online application.
  • April1, 2021 (Deadline to be considered for merit scholarships)
  • May 1, 2021 (Regular deadline)
  • After May 1, 2021 (Application accepted on space available basis)