Jazz Camp Online

Unfortunately, Jazz Camp Online has been canceled for 2021. Please check back in the late fall for information about in-person jazz camp in 2022.

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


At jazz camp this summer you will improve your understanding of jazz while increasing performance and improvisation skills on your instrument. Designed for enthusiastic musicians of any skill level, the camp is full of opportunities for performing, listening and learning. Activities are primarily led by NIU jazz faculty and alumni in a relaxed online forum where you can interact, ask questions, join the conversation and get to know our jazz studies professors. 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.
  • Evening activities including a faculty concert, talent show, jazz movie night and more.
  • Friday student performance showcases.
  • Optional private lessons with NIU jazz faculty and staff.
  • Meeting other jazz musicians and making new friends.
  • All campers will receive a camp t-shirt.

Private Lessons

Jazz campers may elect to take up to two private 30-minute music lessons during the camp week at an additional cost of $30 per half hour. You may sign up for the lessons when you register for camp or during camp.  Private lessons are limited to teacher availability and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

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 Deadline: June 21, 2021

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.

Need-based scholarship assistance is available. 


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 and alumni:

  • Geof Bradfield - saxophone and camp director
  • Bobby Broom - guitar
  • Nick Roach - trombone
  • Marlene Rosenberg - bass
  • Franchesca Romero - piano and keyboard

    A native of Miami, Florida, Franchesca Romero began her piano studies at the age of
    five. She began her piano studies in the classical realm until she entered New World
    School of the Arts High School where she began her jazz studies. She is an alum of the
    National YoungArts Foundation, Florida All-State Jazz Ensemble, Essentially Ellington
    Competition & Festival, and the Thelonious Monk National Performing Arts High School
    All-Star Sextet in which she toured the San Francisco Bay Area with renown trumpeter,
    Ambrose Akinmusire. She is also a recent alum of the prestigious Sisters in Jazz
    Collegiate Combo. Through Sisters in Jazz, Franchesca has had the opportunity to
    perform and give masterclasses in front of several audiences at the Jazz Education
    Network Annual Conferences.

    Franchesca holds both a bachelor's and master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Michigan
    State University and Northern Illinois University, respectively. During her studies, she
    has had the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally performing alongside the
    likes of Ron Carter, Tim Warfield, Michael Dease, Rodney Whitaker, Anat Cohen, Carl
    Allen, and Jeff Hamilton, to name a few.

    Currently, Franchesca is an active performer and educator based out of Miami. She has
    developed her own private piano studio where she has numerous students. In addition
    to her private students, Franchesca holds a teaching position at Broward Community
    College. Franchesca is considered an up-and-coming musician in the South Florida jazz
    scene as she performs regularly at reputable venues across South Florida.

  • Rodrigo Villanueva - drums and percussion
  • Pharez Whitted - trumpet


Day Time Activity
Sunday 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Group Tech Sessions with camp staff
Sunday 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. All Camp Welcome/ Staff Introductions 
Sunday 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Soundchecks and placement for improv classes in breakout sessions hosted by camp staff 
Sunday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Campers select workshops (everyone takes improv plus 2 electives)
Mon-Thur 10:00 - 10:15  a.m. All camp daily check in and lstening session preview
Mon-Thur noon - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break / Private Lessons
Mon-Thur 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. LISTENING SESSIONS • An introduction to historical jazz artists and recordings through focused listening sessions hosted by faculty and staff.
Mon-Thur 3:15 - 5:00 p.m. WORKSHOPS • Campers take two days of improv (M-W or T-Th) and two electives on the alternate days.
Mon-Thur Music Business
Mon-Thur Jazz Ear Trainng 
Mon-Thur Building Repertoire
Mon-Thur Developing a practice routine
Mon-Thur Rhythm Intensive
Mon-Thur Jazz History
Mon-Thur 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner Break / Private Lessons
Mon-Thur 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Evening Activities: Faculty Concert, Jazz Movie Night, Jazz Video Night, Talent Show
Friday 10:00 - 10:30 All camp check in and final day overview
10:30 a.m. - noon Jazz Quiz Bowl 
noon - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 - 4:00 pm Student showcases

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 until further notice. 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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