NEC Summer Session 2015

Jazz LabJazz Lab

Sunday, June 21–Friday, June 26, 2015

Spend a week in the city eating and breathing jazz with some of the best musicians in the country. Surround yourself with like-minded musicians, make friendships that will last a lifetime, and learn for yourself why NEC is the best place to be for a young jazz musician. Unlike many other summer jazz programs, the NEC Jazz Lab offers both an intimate setting for learning combined with the rich urban landscape of Boston. Join us as we welcome Grammy nominee and NEC faculty member, Miguel Zenon to Jazz Lab 2015!

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Ken Schaphorst
Miguel Zenon
David Zoffer
Rick McLaughlin
Peter Moffett
Mark Zaleski
Tim Lienhard, Artistic Director

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Program Details

NEC's Jazz Lab is a one week jazz intensive, where students aged 14-18 work with our premier jazz faculty and participate in a week full of improvisation, small group training, jam sessions, entrepreneurial workshops and college audition prep. Special guest artists Miguel Zenon and Ken Schaphorst will hold masterclasses paired with evening concerts during the week.

Daily Schedule

Miguel Zenon
8:45 am
Warm-up: By Instrument

9:00 - 10:00 am Warm-ups

10:15 am - 11:15am Ear Training/Theory

11:30 am - 12:30pm Brazilian Music/Blues/Jazz History/Drumming (classes rotate each day)

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 pm Combo Rehearsal

3:00 - 4:30 pm Free time/Lessons/Open Jam Sessions (each student will receive one 45-minute private lesson during the week)

4:30 - 6:00 pm Masterclass

6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner

7:00 - 7:45 pm Seminar

8:00 - 9:30 pm Concert

Entrepreneurship and Audition Prep

The week will feature seminars in entrepreneurship and training for careers in music. NEC jazz alumni talk about what it takes to promote your music, produce concerts, build a private teaching studio and find success as a 21st century jazz musician. Faculty will also instruct students on applying to conservatories, schools of music and universities; what to look for in potential colleges and techniques for a successful audition/application.

Brazilian Music/Blues/Jazz History and Drumming

Each day, students take an hour-long course, offering a glimpse into varying musical styles: NEC doctoral students and native Brazilians, Henrique Eisenmann and Caio Afiune, take students on a musical sojourn to Brazil to learn about the traditions of Brazilian folk music. David Zoffer, Chair of the NEC Prep Jazz Department, introduces students to his Blues Workshop, exploring the roots of jazz and popular music. Jazz history guru and Assistant Chair of the NEC Prep Jazz Department, Rick McLaughlin, curates a Jazz History course, giving students a taste of the range of jazz recordings over the last 97 years. NEC alum and NYC-based percussionist, Peter Moffet, brings back a Jazz Lab favorite - Drumming. This course invites percussionists and non-percussionists alike to feel the rhythm through movement, groove and poly-rhythms to create danceable music that's right in the pocket.

Concerts and Jams

Faculty and guest artists give fabulous concerts each evening. Jam sessions at all levels occur throughout the day. Students give an end-of-session concert.

Tuition & Registration

We welcome ages 14 to 18 at all proficiency levels. Students are accepted from all over the U.S. and abroad. Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. Registration begins November 15, 2014. Pre-register by contacting

Tuition and Fees
Tuition (includes lunch and dinner daily)$890
Housing (includes breakfast. Linens and fans are not included)$490

Fees include all classes, one private lesson with faculty, rooming for five nights (residents only Sun–Thurs), nightly faculty concerts, jam sessions, a t-shirt and meals each day (dietary needs are accommodated). Both resident students and day participants are welcome! To reserve housing, please visit the Summer Housing webpage.

Housing Application Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2015