This summer, join Rutgers music faculty for our exciting Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute, virtual Jazz Workshop, and Music Theory and Ear Training Bootcamp. Private music lessons are also available! We hope to see you next year, in person, for our exciting music ensemble intensives.
Music Theory and Ear Training Bootcamp
July 26–August 6, 2021 (weekdays)
Music Theory: 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Ear Training: 12:30–2 p.m.
Open to students ages 14–adult
Cost: $495 full program, $275 half day (Music Theory ONLY or Ear Training ONLY)
Rutgers music theory faculty prepare students for collegiate placement examinations and for college-level theory and aural skills courses. This program covers the foundational concepts of written music theory and ear training that are included in key signatures, time signatures, scales, intervals, harmony, solfege, sight-singing, and dictation.
July 1–August 19, 2021 (Thursdays) 6:30–8 p.m.
Open to students ages 14+
Learn to express yourself through the language of music. Take a journey through the history of jazz, from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton through Steve Coleman and Makaya McCraven. Each week the class will study an artist and work on translating and adapting their concepts to our own playing. The 90 minute weekly session will be a combination of improvisation, history, styles, and performance. Percussionists must be able to play a keyboard percussion instrument.
Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute
Open to students ages 11–18
Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute is back this summer, in a big way! Over the last year, the nationally recognized Mason Gross jazz faculty have reinvented how Rutgers musicians collaborate remotely and produce high quality performances. Now students ages 11–18 are invited to sample a week in the life of a Mason Gross jazz major. Musicians will improve their improvisation, small group, and large ensemble skills, while reconnecting with the jazz community.
RSJI artistic director, the legendary Conrad Herwig, brings his decades of experience with the Mingus Big Band to the program this summer with a Charles Mingus themed week. Participants receive dozens of Mingus charts and prepared backing tracks, and enjoy masterclasses taught by guest artists from the Mingus Big Band.
Participants are welcome to observe only or join us in performance. Performers will submit individual recordings, culminating in a professionally produced video for each ensemble which will be showcased for family and friends at the end of the week.
Private Music Lessons
Private music instruction is available for students of all ages and stages, starting at just 4 years old. Individual instruction with our faculty of world-class, conservatory-trained musicians is available in 30-, 45-, and 60-minute sessions in all instruments and voice. Students must have access to their instrument of study to maintain a regular practice schedule. Summer 2021 instruction will be held over video conference.
Students may register for lessons at any time. Once registered, students commit to weekly lessons for the remainder of the summer. Lessons are also available a la carte, based on availability.
Note: Private Music Lessons are not eligible for summer discounts