Jazz Camp Online

July 11-16, 2021 Grades 8-12 (grade completion)


This camp will help you improve your performance and understanding of jazz. Designed for enthusiastic musicians of any skill level, the camp is full of performing, learning and listening. You'll benefit from:

  • Workshops on jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz history, music business and more.
  • Instrument master classes.
  • An introduction to historical jazz artists and recordings through focused listening sessions hosted by faculty and staff.
  • Classes are primarily taught by NIU jazz faculty in a relaxed online forum where you can interact, ask questions, join the conversation and get to know our jazz studies professors.
  • Optional private lessons with NIU jazz faculty and staff.

Additional Information

For more information check out these resources:

Private Lessons

Campers may elect to take private music lessons during the week at an additional cost of $30 per half hour. You may sign up for the lessons when you register for camp.

Required Materials

  • All instrumentalists are expected to provide their own instruments for camp.
  • Campers will need access to the internet and a computer, tablet or laptop with both camera and microphone capability.
  • Camp content will be delivered via Zoom, an online video-conferencing platform.
  • Zoom training will be provided on the first day of camp.
  • Campers will also need a quiet, music-friendly space in which to work for classes and studio sessions.


Registration fee: $350 (Registration is opening soon.)

Returning camper and family discount: $25 (for campers who have previously attended Jazz Camp, and the children and grandchildren of NIU students, staff and faculty members)

Space is limited for certain instruments, so register early! You can register online or by mail. You'll pay a $100 deposit when you register (unless applying for a summer camp scholarship). The remaining balance is due on June 15.


All Blues: C Bb Eb Bass

Autumn Leaves: C Bb Eb Bass

Billie's Bounce: C Bb Eb Bass

Blue Bossa: C Bb Eb Bass

Blue Monk: C Bb Eb Bass

Bye Bye Blackbird: C Bb Eb Bass

Doxy: C Bb Eb Bass

Equinox: C Bb Eb Bass

Footprints: C Bb Eb Bass

How High the Moon: C Bb Eb Bass

Now's the Time: C Bb Eb Bass

Oleo: C Bb Eb Bass

Pent-Up House: C Bb Eb Bass

Satin Doll: C Bb Eb Bass

So What: C Bb Eb

Song for My Father: C Bb Eb Bass

Stella By Starlight: C Bb Eb Bass

Take the A Train: C Bb Eb Bass

Tenor Maddness: C Bb Eb Bass


Staff for Jazz Camp Online is comprised of NIU jazz studies faculty:


Below is a schedule outline with more details to be announced soon.


Welcome activities and Zoom training.

Mon., Tues., Wed. and Thurs.

10-10:15 a.m.: all camp meeting and check-in.

10:20 a.m.-noon: instrumental masterclasses with NIU faculty.

Noon-2 p.m.: lunch.

2-3 p.m.: focused listening sessions; deep dives into iconic jazz artists and recordings hosted by NIU faculty.

3:15-5 p.m.: workshops with NIU jazz faculty; topics selected from jazz history, music business, jazz ear training and theory, learning tunes, practice tips from the pros and more.

Evenings: private lessons and other jazz-related activities.

Contact Us

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Office of External Programs

Music Building 132

Kristin Sherman

Online Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(lunch from noon – 1 p.m.)

To protect the safety of our staff, students and families, we will operate remotely for the fall semester. Our staff will be available at their remote offices during normal NIU business hours and can be contacted via phone or email.

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