Summer Jazz Camp

June 17-28, 2019, Play the Possibilities at a two-week learning lab led by some of the region’s best teaching artists. Designed for middle and high school students with skill levels from intermediate and up, the SJZ Summer Jazz Camp offers immersion in every aspect of jazz—from theory to performance. Each student participates in both a small ensemble and big band, and one advanced ensemble will be chosen to play at the 30th Anniversary San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, August 9-11. Gain extraordinary experience in music theory, improvisation, composition, ear training, performance and more. Our 2019 Special Guest Instructor is two-time Grammy Award-winning drummer Peter Erskine. Especially for this year, we’ll be adding a three-day master class to expand on our composition curriculum. Here students will learn how to create music in the studio from one of the biggest hip-hip and electronic music producers in the industry, B. Lewis.

Register Now

Registration for Summer Jazz Camp 2019 is open until June 17. After you fill out the online registration form and submit payment, there are two more steps to fully enroll. Both the placement audition and theory test are solely meant to find out the appropriate level for class placement and are required for enrollment. Required links are provided in your registration confirmation email.

Placement Auditions
Placement auditions take place the first day of camp. Please prepare a short piece of music that displays your current level of musicianship. You may also be asked to play scales (rudiments for drummers) and sight read some music.  You may sign up for a specific time slot via a link provided in your registration confirmation email.

Theory Test
After you register, all students must complete an online theory test to aid us in placement. You’ll find the link to this test in your registration confirmation email.

$750 – Early Bird
$800 – Starting May 1
San Jose Jazz Supporters receive $50 off tuition. Supporters, contact Misa Wong at 408 288-7557, x2330 or for your special promo code. Multi-child discounts are available; email camp director Wally Schnalle at Note: a $32 (if a check) or a $58 (if a credit card) service fee will be charged for any tuition refunds.



Location: Valley Christian High School
Hours: 8:30am–4pm, Monday Thru Friday
Lunch and snacks included
Graduation Concert: Friday, June 28


  • Big band and combos
  • Vocal groups and solos
  • Latin percussion lab
  • Straight ahead, Latin jazz and fusion
  • Music Theory
  • Ear Training
  • Instrument training
  • Improvisation
  • Music tech
  • Sight reading
  • Arranging
  • Composition
  • Performance

2019 Faculty

2018 Summer Jazz Camp Photos