Registration & FeesThis page contains everything you need to know about the different ways to participate in the workshop, registration instructions, forms and other important information.
Who May Participate?The National Jazz Workshop is designed for students, educators, professionals and jazz enthusiasts of all levels and abilities, but you must be a rising 9th grader or older and you must be able to read music to participate.
Choose a Track
There are four tracks to choose from.
|Choose a Track|
|Performance||This track focuses on improvisation, jazz pedagogy, and instrument-specific master classes and other instructional opportunities.|
|Arranging||This track focuses on jazz arranging, orchestration and composition. Theory and transposition skills are necessary for this level.|
|Studio Recording||Directed by Golder O'Neill. This track provides a hands-on learning experience in a real recording studio. Students will study recording techniques, multi-track recording, signal path, microphone types, microphone placement, and more. Toward the end of the week, students will experience a real studio recording project with live musicians, then mix and master the recording with Pro Tools.|
|Observation||Ideal for educators. Observe students or audit seminars and classes on your own schedule (subject to space availability). This track is available to adults only, playing or non-playing status.|
Choose a Jazz Theory Level
All participants in the performance track need to choose a level of jazz theory knowledge. Which jazz theory level best describes you?
|Jazz Theory Levels|
|Beginner||Little to no jazz theory knowledge|
|Intermediate||Some knowledge of jazz theory such as scales, chords, etc.|
|Advanced||Substantial knowledge of jazz theory|
Students in grades 9-12 will need to have their choice of classification approved by their band director or private instructor, as indicated on the registration form. This will ensure proper placement in jazz theory and arranging classes, and does not affect ensemble placement.
Theory Placement Form
All participants who wish to have a playing status must submit a jazz theory placement test.
Choose a Playing Status
There are two playing statuses to choose from: playing and non-playing. Those participating in a playing status will be assigned to play in big bands and small groups. Those participating in a non-playing status will not play in any ensembles.
|Choose a Playing Status|
|Playing||You will be assigned to play in big bands and small groups (high school seniors and younger must sign up for this status).|
|Non-Playing||You will not play in any ensembles. If you want to choose this status you must be at least 18 years of age and in either the arranging track or recording/production track.|
Audition MaterialsYour placement in jazz ensembles will be determined by a live audition on the first day of the workshop. Please prepare the following sheet music for your audition. Choose the part that is best for you based on your instrument and your ability level. If this music is too difficult for you, the NJW staff will place you in an ensemble according to your ability level. Rhythm players will also be asked to demonstrate skills in various styles and sight reading. This sheet music is in PDF format. When you print out the music, use the print dialog box to print only the pages you want.
To register for the National Jazz Workshop, please fill out, sign and return the registration form seen below. It is a "fill-outable" PDF form, so once you open it up in Adobe Reader, you can type your information right into the document. Then, you can print it out, sign it and mail it in.
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|Registration Form||This form covers everything you need to register for the workshop: registration information, medical information, rules and regulations, and payment details.|
Shenandoah University will offer undergraduate and graduate credit in conjunction with the National Jazz Workshop. Up to three credits offered concurrently in three individual courses of one credit each may be earned at the undergraduate or graduate level. Read more about this program at the Shenandoah University Conferences and Institutes page. These credits may be used for certificate/licensure renewal or applied to degree programs. Shenandoah University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, Shenandoah Conservatory is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. For further information about Shenandoah University, visit the Shenandoah University Website.
The fees for the workshop are as follows:
|Commuter Fee||$300||This covers the cost of tuition, but no meals or lodging. Choose this option if you plan to commute to NJW.|
|Under 18 Resident Fee||$650||This covers NJW tuition, five nights of lodging in the Shenandoah University dormitories, and meals in the Shenandoah University dining hall (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch). You will be assigned a roommate. Participants may request a preferred roommate and NJW will try to honor all such requests. Linens are not provided, so please bring your own. Dormitories are air conditioned.|
|Adult Resident Fee||$700||This covers NJW tuition, five nights of lodging (private room) in the Shenandoah University dormitories, and meals in the Shenandoah University dining hall (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch). Linens are not provided, so please bring your own. Dormitories are air conditioned.|
Tuition payments are non-refundable as these funds are applied to pre paid expenses such as insurance, equipment rental, food, and other costs. In the event you have paid for the workshop and can not attend please contact the director Matt Niess.
Choose a Payment Method
There are several payment options, as seen in the chart below.
|Choose a Payment Method|
|PayPal||On the registration form, check the "PayPal" box. See the PayPal links below to pay by PayPal. Then, mail in your registration form.|
|Credit Card||On the registration form, check the "credit card" box and supply your credit card information on the registration form. Mail in your registration form.|
|Check||On the registration form, check the "check" box. When you send in your registration form, include a check along with it. Make check payable to National Jazz Workshop.|
|Money Order||On the registration form, check the "money order" box. When you send in your registration form, include a money order along with it. Make money order payable to National Jazz Workshop.|
|Pay by PayPal|
|Minor Resident Fee||$650|
|Adult Resident Fee||$700|
|Theory Book Fee
(Required for performance track)
Send in Your Forms
Send completed registration form and payment to:
Matt Niess, Director
National Jazz Workshop
P.O. Box 1029
Ft. Myer, VA 22211