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Due to overwhelming demand and the success of the NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives, New York Jazz Academy is now offering Winter Jazz Intensives, Spring Jazz Intensives, and Custom Jazz Intensives.

New York Jazz Academy Jazz Intensives are NYC’s most popular jazz programs for jazz musicians, including both teens and adults. These unique music camps emphasize practical playing experience through a variety of classes, clinics, and performance activities for today’s jazz musician. NYJA Jazz Intensives also include a completely immersive jazz experience that incorporates visits to major New York City jazz venues, including clubs, historical sites, and visits with influential players on the NYC jazz scene.

Each week features new curricular material, giving musicians the flexibility to attend as many weeks as they choose. All participants will be placed in performance ensembles that stress a combination of reading music, improvising and collaborative music-making. Participants will leave the program with a significantly greater understanding of harmony, melody, and jazz styles.

When and where are the NYJA Jazz Intensives?

2016 NYJA Winter Jazz Intensives will be held from December 26-30, 2016 (Mon-Fri, 11:00am-5:00pm).

2017 NYJA Spring Jazz Intensives will be held from April 10-14, 2017 (Mon-Fri, 11:00am-5:00pm).

NYJA Custom Jazz Intensives are arranged year-round by appointment and require a minimum of three participants. NYJA Custom Jazz Intensives run Mon-Fri, 11:00am-5:00pm.

NYJA Winter, Spring, and Custom Jazz Intensives are held in Midtown Manhattan at 251 West 30th St. (at 8th Ave.), New York, NY, 10001.

NYJA Jazz Intensives faculty features many of the finest jazz musicians and educators in New York City, including Tom Dempsey, Ron McClure, Pete Zimmer, Adam Birnbaum, Dan Cray, Michael Webster, David Engelhard, Peck Allmond, Ron Horton, John Raymond, Vicki Burns, Tammy Scheffer, Aubrey Johnson, and Michael Mayo, among others.

Can you walk me through a typical day?

11:00am Jazz Theory Classes
12:00pm Jazz Styles and Improv Workshop
1:00pm Daily Private Lessons
1:30pm LUNCH + Jam Sessions
2:00pm Ensemble Rehearsals
4:00pm Guest Artist Master classes
5:00pm Regular Dismissal
7:00pm Optional evening jam/hang


$700-$1,095/intensive, depending on the number of weeks enrolled. (click on the blue button at the bottom of this page for complete tuition details and dates)

What about housing?

New York Jazz Academy does not offer dormitory housing. Hotels in Manhattan tend to start at around $129/night, at a minimum. Search for “hotels near 10001”.

How do I apply?

Submit your online application. If you would prefer, you may also mail your application to the following address:

New York Jazz Academy
P.O. Box 721331
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

What is the application deadline?

Applications are considered year-round, space permitting.

Need More Info?

For much more detailed information on the NYJA Jazz Intensives or other New York Jazz Academy school year programs click on this post about “What to Expect at the NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives”. Also check out our media page for Jazz Intensives videos and photos.

Other Summer Options

Did you know that NYJA offers evening and weekend ensembles and programs all year, including a fully immersive 1-day mini-camp for adults and teens most Saturdays in July and August? Click here for program options.

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