June 24–30, 2018
Jazz Lab sets out to educate young jazz musicians by promoting artistry, practical training, and creative music making. NEC's Jazz Lab is a one week jazz intensive, where students aged 14-18 work with premier jazz faculty and participate in a schedule full of improvisation, small group training, jam sessions, entrepreneurial workshops and creative music making.
The program features daily classes in jazz theory and ear training, improvisation, small ensemble rehearsals, masterclasses, and concerts. This year’s renowned guest artists, Ken Schaphorst, Luis Bonilla, and Joe Morris will not only have an impact on participants through their innovative teaching, but with their spectacular performances throughout the week.
NEC's Jazz Lab is a one week jazz intensive, where students ages 14-18 work with premier jazz faculty and participate in a schedule full of improvisation, small group training, jam sessions, entrepreneurial workshops and college audition prep. Guest artists hold masterclasses paired with evening concerts throughout the week.
Sample Daily Schedule
Sample schedule for most days; Sunday and Saturday schedules will vary. Subject to change.
9:00 - 9:45am Warm-ups
10:00 - 11:30am Ensemble
11:45am - 12:45pm Jazz Styles - Rotating Daily
12:45 - 1:45pm Lunch
1:45 - 2:45pm Jazz Styles - Week-long Course
3:00 - 4:00pm Guest Artist Masterclass
4:15 - 6:15pm Free time/Lessons (each student will receive one 45-minute private lesson during the week)
6:15 - 7:00pm Dinner
7:00 - 7:45pm Jam Sessions and Entrepreneurial Sessions
8:00 - 9:30pm Concert
Jazz Lab 2018 Schedule
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.
Monday through Friday of Jazz Lab, there will be two jazz styles courses each day - one
in the morning and one in the afternoon.
The morning jazz styles course is rotating, so it will change each day. Students will take
five, hour-long courses during the week to explore different concepts including
drumming, designing vocal loops, 10 must-listen to albums, the music of Duke Ellington
and how to approach recording yourself.
The afternoon jazz styles courses are week-long classes where students can dig in to a
single topic. Students will take these courses as electives, and will be assigned based on their top-3 choices. Week-long courses will include exploring odd meters, world music improvisation, composition, fundamentals of improvisation, songwriting, free jazz and the art of the solo.
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.
2018 Tuition and Fees
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). Both resident students and day participants are welcome!
All the details about expectations, housing, meals, required forms, and more.
Starting this year, we are happy to offer on-campus housing in New England Conservatory’s brand new Residence Hall!
Housing Cost: $654 (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.
Required form for summer housing.