National Jazz Workshop - A Summer Jazz Camp at Shenandoah University

Registration & Fees

This page contains everything you need to know when filling out the registration form.

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 Playing Status & Track

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. You must be 18 or older to choose a non-playing status. There are different tracks of curriculum concentration available depending on which camp you choose to attend. YOU CAN PLAY IN A BAND WITH ANY TRACK YOU CHOOSE.

Choose a Playing Status
Playing After auditioning on the opening day of the workshop you will be assigned to play in a big band and/or small groups.
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.
Choose a Track
Performance This track focuses on improvisation, jazz pedagogy, and instrument-specific master classes and other instructional opportunities. All Performance Track participants must purchase the NJW Jazz Theory book to be used at the workshop.
Arranging
(July camp only)
This track focuses on jazz arranging, orchestration and composition. Theory and transposition skills are necessary for this level. Participants can play in a band while on this track.This track is only available Juny 12-17 at Shenandoah University
Studio Recording 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. Participants can play in a band while on this track.
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.

FOR PERFORMANCE TRACK PARTICIPANTS ONLY
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

To help you with proper placement (and your choice above) please fill out the Jazz Theory Placement Form below and send it in with your registration form. This will ensure proper placement in jazz theory class. It does not affect ensemble placement or give any impression of your abilities on your instrument.

You only need to fill out one according to your clef choice

Theory Placement Forms
Jazz Theory Placement Form (Treble Clef) When you complete this short theory test, please do your own work. This is done for your own benefit, so you can be placed in the classes that are appropriate for you.
Jazz Theory Placement Form (Bass Clef) When you complete this short theory test, please do your own work. This is done for your own benefit, so you can be placed in the classes that are appropriate for you.

Audition Materials

Your 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.
Audition Materials
Saxophone
Trombone
Trumpet
Guitar
Piano
Vibraphone
Bass
Drum Set

Registration Form

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
George Mason Camp 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 Registration Form This form covers everything you need to register for the workshop: registration information, medical information, rules and regulations, and payment details.

College Credit

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.

Fee Schedule

The fees for the workshop are as follows:

George Mason University (June 21-26) Fee Schedule
Commuter Fee $425 This covers the cost of tuition, but no meals or lodging. This is not an overnight camp. Choose this option if you plan to commute to the George Mason University NJW day camp.
Shenandoah University (July 12-17) Fee Schedule
Commuter Fee $425 This covers the cost of tuition, but no meals or lodging. Choose this option if you plan to commute to NJW at Shenandoah University.
Under 18 Resident Fee $675 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 $750 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
Commuter Fee $425
Minor Resident Fee $675
Adult Resident Fee $750
Theory Book Fee
(Required for performance track)
$30
Miscellaneous Amount


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