Jazz Lab

July 1 - July 14, 2020

Date change: Jazz Lab has been rescheduled as part of NEC's evolving response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Jazz Lab is now scheduled to run from Wednesday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 14. NEC is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will provide updates if the circumstances evolve.

Jazz Lab Students

2020 Registration is now available! 


We are proud to announce that Jazz Lab will become a two-week program beginning Summer 2020. Jazz Lab is one of America's most creative summer music intensives thanks in large part to the incredible community of students and faculty that participate each year. Our decision to extend the program is based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from student surveys, and we look forward to another summer fostering a creative, collaborative and inclusive culture at Jazz Lab.

Jazz Lab is for students who love jazz and want to push the boundaries of creative music. Set in the heart of Boston, MA at the New England Conservatory - home to one of the nation's most forward-thinking jazz programs – Jazz Lab gives students the tools to take their musicality to the next level through innovative curriculum, small ensemble performance and guidance from world-renowned faculty and guest artists. With courses like vocal loops, world improvisation, the art of the solo and composition using speech melodies, students are exposed to the broad range of concepts available to modern jazz musicians looking to establish a distinct, musical voice. Jazz Lab students are immersed in the music and will enjoy two weeks full of outstanding courses, incredible concerts and a community of artists. 

Henrique Eisenmann, Artistic Director
Tim Lienhard, Executive Director

Please contact jazzlab@necmusic.edu with all questions.

2020 Guest Artist
Adam Neely Jazz Lab 2020 Guest Artist


We're excited to announce our first resident guest artist for Jazz Lab 2020, Adam Neely. Adam Neely is a bassist, composer and YouTuber with an engaged subscriber base of 900,000 people. His educational content explores what music means, and what it means to be a musician. He has appeared on NPR, TEDx, Vox, SiriusXM, SXSW, Ableton Loop, MAGfest, Bass Player Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine and Ultimate Guitar. His videos cover a wide range of topics in music theory, music cognition, jazz improvisation, musical performance technique, musicology and memes. During Jazz Lab 2020, Adam will work with students throughout the second week of the program, teaching bass, a jazz styles course, coaching an ensemble and performing with the Jazz Lab faculty.


Double bass player


Throughout Jazz Lab, students participate in a dynamic curriculum resting on four major pillars:

  1. Intensive study by instrument.
  2. Collaborative music making through daily small ensemble rehearsals and a final concert.
  3. Exposure to wide-ranging jazz concepts in daily rotating courses.
  4. Specialization in a specific jazz concept in a dedicated weeklong course.

To supplement the daily curriculum, Jazz Lab includes guest artist masterclasses, sessions on entrepreneurship and college audition/application prep. More details for 2020 coming soon! (Click here for the 2019 schedule and here for the 2019 curriculum.)

Daily Schedule

9:00 - 9:45am Warmup

10:00 - 11:30am Ensemble Rehearsal

11:45am - 12:45pm Jazz Concepts - Rotating Course

12:45 - 1:45pm Lunch

1:45 - 2:45pm Jazz Concepts - Weeklong Elective Course

3:00 - 4:00pm Masterclass

4:00 - 6:00pm Free Time / Lessons (each student will receive one 45-minute private lesson during the week)

6:00 - 7:00pm Dinner

7:00 - 7:45pm Jam Sessions and Entrepreneurial Sessions

8:00 - 9:30pm Concert

Jazz Lab 2020 Schedule (Coming Soon)

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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.

2020 Tuition and Fees

Early Bird Tuition (Register before April 1): $1,800 (includes lunch and dinner daily)

Tuition: $2,000 (includes lunch and dinner daily)

Registration Fee: $40

Fees include all classes, one private lesson with faculty, nightly faculty concerts, jam sessions, a t-shirt and lunch and dinner each day (dietary needs are accommodated). 

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Jazz Lab 2020 Handbook

All the details about expectations, housing, meals, required forms, and more.

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Housing will be available to students attending Jazz Lab, but is not required. We encourage students to take advantage of the housing option as it will be a great way to stay on campus, meet students from around the world and participate in all the programs's activities. We are excited to be able to house Jazz Lab participants in our Residence Hall, NEC's newest facility, located at 255 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115.

Housing Cost: $1,612 (Wednesday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 14 2020)

Fees include rooming for thirteen nights and all meals daily. One extra night is available at the end of the program dates to allow for travel. Each each additional day is $100.

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Jazz Lab 2020 Curriculum (Coming Soon)

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Jazz Lab 2020 Audition Instructions

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