5th Annual Jazzschool Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp
August 5 – 9, 2013
As we enter our fifth year of the acclaimed “first in the nation” Jazzschool Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp, we remain committed to our mission. Our goals are:
- To provide a supportive atmosphere where young female musicians can push their musical limits and learn new skills
- To foster enhanced self esteem and confidence
- To encourage new friendships based on a common interest
We are a day camp, running Monday-Friday August 5-9, 2013, from 9:30-3, with the concert on Friday Aug. 9 at 6pm. We sometimes have local camper families offering to house an out-of-town musician for the week. It can be a unique experience for campers to meet and stay with a young local Bay Area musician and her family!
If you are interested in housing, or can provide housing, please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com. We will put interested families directly in touch with each other and leave the arrangements to you.
We employ an all-woman faculty of professional musicians and educators from the Montclair Women’s Big Band and the Jazzschool. Our interns are college music students and recent college graduates, who provide additional role models.
We accept all instrumentalists and girls want to sing. The only prerequisite for instrumentalists is some facility on the instrument; vocalists do not need experience. Campers bring their own instruments. We provide drumsets, cymbals, vibes, amps, pianos, keyboards, microphones and music stands.
Many girls elect to both play an instrument and sing. Scheduling permitting, we make our best effort to accommodate those who wish to play more than one instrument.
After you register online at www.jazzschool.org/girlsreg, our auditions coordinator, Erika Oba, will contact you to schedule a short friendly placement audition, so we can get to know you and your playing. If you are unable to audition, we can gather enough information from you to place you in appropriate groups. We will then create your personal camp schedule tailored to your preferences.
We place teens in their own instrumental ensembles, ability permitting. Most instrumentalists play in a Jazz Combo, a Blues/Soul Group and/or Big Band. Most vocalists sing in the Pop Vocal Group, Roots Music Choir, Songwriting and/or a Blues/Soul Group.
Instrumentalists are introduced to the standard American Jazz Repertoire and learn to improvise on chord changes
Instrumentalists and vocalists explore the Blues, from traditional Memphis and Chicago Styles to Soul, Funk and Motown and everyone solos.
Big Band (by audition)
This large ensemble plays traditional big band repertoire and is open to saxes, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass & drumset.
Roots Music Choir
Accompanied by a faculty rhythm section and open to everyone, the Choir explores the African American roots of jazz. Campers sing anything from Gospel to Blues to R&B, and there are opportunities for harmony singing and solos.
This hands-on class unlocks the secrets of improvisation, as campers learn to play and sing scales and practice using them to improvise in a supportive learning environment. Appropriate for older or more serious musicians.
Instrumentalists play Latin American Jazz styles, from Bossa Nova to Salsa.
Under the direction of one of our vocal teachers, campers create original songs which they perform at the recital.
Campers play hand drums and percussion instruments (provided), learning specific rhythms to form an authentic performing percussion piece.
Pop Vocal Group
Accompanied by a faculty rhythm section, campers sing current popular tunes with harmony and solo opportunities.
The lunchtime break features a daily faculty-facilitated open Jam Session.
Campers can bring lunch, patronize the onsite Jazzcaffe or (with parental permission) walk to one of the many inexpensive eateries within a few blocks. Optional pre-paid daily lunch from the Jazzcaffe is available for $45. Parents are welcome to join the campers for lunch.
Each camper is scheduled for one 30-minute private lesson during the week, during the lunch hour. Lessons can be taken on any instrument or vocals.
Mon-Fri, August 5-9, 2013 from 9:30am-3pm
Concert Friday Aug. 9th, 6pm
Instrumental and Vocal Warmups, Ensembles, Electives
Open Jam Session, One private lesson during the week
All-Camp Concert (FREE, or optional donation to the camp scholarship fund)
Tuition for the week is $450 if paid before June 1st and $475 thereafter. Some financial aid is available upon submission of a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Online: www.jazzschool.org/girlsreg where you will find more information and tell us about your elective preferences.
After registering, please call the Jazzschool at 510.845.5373 to pay and reserve your spot. You will be contacted to schedule a short, friendly audition (voluntary for vocalists) to place you in appropriate groups and further address your preferences.
Feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have!
Erika Oba, auditions coordinator
email@example.com or Call the Jazzschool at 510.845.5373.
Jean Fineberg, Director
firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.758.2200 (leave message)
Tuition includes a non-refundable $100 deposit. No refunds available after July 22, 2013.