Jazz Lab

Jazz Lab Students

2020 Dates TBD

2020 Registration not yet available.

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 a week 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.

Becca Stevens, Jazz Lab, Guest Artist

Jazz Lab 2019 featured special guest artist Becca Stevens in an immersive, three-day residency. Students explored concepts on songwriting, improvisation and developing personal artistry.


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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. Click here for the 2019 schedule and here for a complete list of the 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 2019 Schedule

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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.

2019 Tuition and Fees

Early Bird Tuition-Extended (Register before April 15): $1,000 (includes lunch and dinner daily)

Tuition: $1,115 (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 meals each day (dietary needs are accommodated). 

2020 Registration is not yet available.

Jazz Lab 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 week'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: $714 (Sunday-Saturday)

Fees include rooming for six nights and breakfast daily. One extra day is available on either end of the program dates to allow for travel. Each each additional day is $100.

2019 housing registration is now available!

2020 Housing Registration is not yet available.

Jazz Lab 2019 Curriculum

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Jazz Lab 2019 Audition Instructions

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