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Overview

    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, small ensembles, vocal workshops, theory classes, summer jazz camps, online programs, performance opportunities, 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.
  • Location: Manhattan
  • Day/Time: Saturdays, 2pm-4:50pm (14-week semesters: Fall/Spring)
  • Tuition: $1,095/semester (non-members); $876/semester (members)
  • Want to register? Need more info? Contact us.

Teen Jazz Improv Workshop

    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.
  • Location: Manhattan
  • Day/Time: Mondays, 6pm-7:50pm (14-week semesters: Fall/Spring)
  • Tuition: $895/semester (non-members); $716/semester (members)
  • Want to register? Need more info? Contact us.

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.
  • Location: Manhattan
  • Day/Time: Mondays, 5pm-5:50pm (14-week semesters: Fall/Spring)
  • Tuition: $695/semester (non-members); $556/semester (members)
  • Want to register? Need more info? Contact us.

Long Island Programs for Kids and Teens

    NYJA programs for kids and teens now run also in Mineola, NY, on Sunday afternoons and evenings. If you are interested in joining other talented musicians while learning under top NYC professionals, now is your chance. NYJA students consistently achieve NYSSMA scores of 99-100; the results that NYJA students see in their own musical progress are measurable and signifcant. Programs are available for advanced players, intermediate players, and also beginners.
  • Location: 166 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, NY
  • Day/Time: Sunday sessions @ 4pm, 5:30pm, and 7pm (year-round, including summer)
  • Tuition:
  • Tuition: $40-$60/session (non-members); $32-$48/session (members)
  • Contact us to get started with your assessment and placement.

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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.

Benefits

  • Perform with other like-minded musicians.
  • Learn from top NYC talent.
  • Participate in concerts year-round.
  • Enjoy small class sizes (typically 5-10 musicians).
  • Challenge yourself with repertoire tailored to your goals.
  • Forge lasting relationships with other players.
  • Challenge and grow as a musician.

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