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Finding the right place for a teen to prepare for intensive college auditions can be a true challenge. Nowhere else can you find a safer place to learn and grow with other aspiring teens looking to develop skills strong enough to be competitive when conservatory audition time arrives.
We offer private lessons, the Teen Jazz Improv Workshop, the NYJA Saturday College Prep Program, and much more.

Saturday College Prep Program:

The NYJA Saturday College Prep Program offers a fully immersive opportunity for aspiring music majors to delve deeply into jazz style, improvisation, and theory. Classes meet for 3 hours on Saturdays (2pm-4:50pm) and include theory sections and ensemble studies for instrumentalists; vocal techniques classes, theory sections, and ensemble studies for vocalists. Students recently performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, on NBC Television, for NYC Mayor Bloomberg, and at major NYC jazz clubs. If you are looking to take your jazz up a notch, all while working with peers your age, this class is for you. Rhythm sections often include pro players in the ensemble. Performances/concerts are integrated throughout the year. Partial merit scholarships are available for this program.

Teen Jazz Improv:

The NYJA Teen Jazz Improv Workshop offers a chance for teens (ages 13-19) to learn jazz styles, improvisation, and jazz theory. Weekly sessions involve ensemble rehearsals and guest master-classes. Students recently performed at Carnegie Hall, on NBC Television, for NYC Mayor Bloomberg, and at major NYC jazz clubs. Rhythm sections often include pro players assisting the ensemble. Performances/concerts are integrated throughout the year. This is the place that teens can swing.

Junior Jazz:

The NYJA Junior Jazz Workshop is open to exceptionally talented students, ages 9-13. All rehearsals are coached by leading jazz educators and players. You will work through improvisation and jazz styles while also developing musical fundamentals, including instrumental technique, note-reading skills, music theory, ensemble performance practice, the jazz songbook, and more, expressing yourself through jazz. Students have performed at Carnegie Hall, on NBC television and at major NYC jazz clubs.

More Options

Are you looking for even more classes for teens? Eligible teens can apply to join any of our programs, many of which are “mixed age”, from Big Bands, to Improv Workshops, Small Ensembles, Electives, and our Summer Jazz Intensives, giving you options most weekdays and weekends at every NYJA location.