The Georgia State University Summer Jazz Workshop has earned a reputation for offering an outstanding program over the last 12 years. The focus of the summer program is on jazz combos where each combo is coached by one of our renowned faculty members. We assemble educators and performers dedicated to providing an intensive learning experience for musicians from middle school through high school at all levels. Classes in jazz improvisation, jazz theory, combo performance, and master class sessions allow students the opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest potential. All students have an opportunity to participate in the famous Thursday evening Jam Session. The combo rehearsals are led by our instructors, where students are matched with others of the same ability level.
The Summer Jazz Workshop is also helping to develop the next generation of Jazz artists and preserving the great American art form. Important by-products of the program include helping to raise self-esteem, teaching leadership, teamwork, problem-solving skills, good citizenship, and respect for culture.
The Summer Jazz Workshop offers five full days of small combo instruction, improvisation classes, instrumental master classes, guest clinicians, jam sessions, and a final concert performance.
Thursday Night Jam Session
Jam with the Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty in this real-life Jam Session at Slice Downtown.
- Instrument Accessories:
- Extra reeds
- Valve oil, etc.
- Drummers should bring their drum sticks, cymbals, practice pads, and a hi-hat clutch.
- Guitar players should bring their own cords.
- Water bottle – there are water fountains in the Jazz Suite
- Umbrella or raincoat for walking to the dining hall (weather depending)
- A 4 GB jump drive for listening samples
Included in the registration:
- All-you-can-eat buffet lunch in a Georgia State Dining Hall
- Workshop T-Shirt
- Music for all combos
- Workshop supplies including manuscript paper, folder, and pencils
All fees paid are non-refundable.
In compliance with the University System of Georgia’s Minors on Campus Policy, the Summer Jazz Workshop requires all participants who will be under age 18 at the time of the program to complete the Authorization and Release at the time of Registration.
Participants who are or will be under age 18 at the time of the event must complete the Parental Permission and Release Form prior to registering. Participants under age 18 will not be permitted to attend the workshop without the completed form. For more information regarding the Georgia State University Policy for Programs Serving Non-Student Minors, visit Minors On Campus Safety & Security.
Participants over age 18 at the time of the event may proceed to the registration form. To ensure your registration is complete, payment is due at the time of registration.