Tuition includes instruction, sheet music, use of CPFA musical equipment (chairs, stands, rhythm section instruments and related hardware), fees for our staff and visiting clinicans, and a Summer Jazz Factory tee shirt.
TUITION FOR CURRENT PALCS/CPFA STUDENTS IS $200.00
TUITION FOR STUDENTS NOT ENROLLED IN PALCS/CPFA IS $225.00
FINDER'S DISCOUNT: Students who "bring a friend" and successfully enroll another student into the program can receive a $25 rebate on tuition upon confirmation of the new student's enrollment and their participation in at least two sessions.
To enroll, students must be at least entering sixth grade in the fall of 2018 (age 11) up to graduating seniors entering college (age 18). Special admission for students on the edges of this age range can be granted upon completing an admissions audition.
Unlike most jazz programs, we believe that students of any instrument can learn to play jazz music and learn to improvise. Jazz music historically began with New Orleans Dixieland music, where the rhythm section instruments (piano, guitar/banjo, upright bass, drum set) performed with band instruments (clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, sousaphone). Because of this, the majority of jazz standards we will study are written in flat keys and have swing articulations that are more easily performed by a wind instrument than by bowed strings. We believe that any melodic instrument can be used to perform jazz, therefore classical instruments (violin, cello) can enroll and tackle the challenges inherent in performing swing inflections. There are, however, some basic performing skills needed in order to benefit from the study of jazz music.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS (grades 5-8) on any instrument must be able to play a full octave's worth of pitches in the key of concert Bb major using a quarter note - eighth note rhythm pattern at 90 beats per minute. Woodwinds and strings must also be able to play a full octave's worth of pitches in the key of concert F. Brass players must be able to play their lowest octave concert F major scale.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (grades 9-12) on any instrument must be able to play two octave scales (where applicable) in the keys of concert Ab, Eb, Bb, F, C, G, D, and A. High school students must also be willing and able to memorize music as directed.
GUITARISTS must be able to play open chords. Being able to read standard music notation is not required, but highly recommended.
PIANISTS must be able to play basic primary chords (I, IV, V) in the same keys as the above scale requirements.
DRUMMERS must be able to play a basic swing pattern (middle and high school), basic rock beat (middle and high school), funk rock beat (high school only), jazz waltz (high school only), and basic latin groove (high school only).
ALL STUDENTS MUST BE WILLING TO PERFORM AS AN IMPROVISATIONAL SOLOIST, INCLUDING RHYTHM SECTION (that's what you are here to learn how to do!)
Summer Jazz Factory meets once a week for eight sessions, culminating in a concert on the evening of the final session. To participate in the concert, students must attend at least five of the eight sessions. Students are encouraged to attend all eight, missing sessions only for family vacation travel or attendance at another one-week music/sports camp.
Students finishing their eighth grade year who will be in high school in the fall of 2018 have their choice of enrolling as a middle school student, high school student, or both. If enrolling as a high school student, they must meet the eligibility requirements for high school listed above.
High School Composition
High school students who are interested in composing or arranging can make their interest known upon registration. Our staff will coach you through writing a jazz standard in 12-bar blues or 32-bar standard format and/or coach you with transcribing solos or arranging music for jazz combo or big band.
Concert and Reception
Summer Jazz Factory concludes with a public concert, which occurs at 5 PM in the CPFA Atrium Theater. The concert is free and open to the public. This concert will feature all of our students who participated in 5 or more sessions throughout the summer performing the jazz standards they worked on and potentially some student original compositions as well. The post-concert reception will be held in the CPFA student kitchen and student lounge and is part of your registration fee.