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Summer Jazz Intensive

​​​​​​​​​​​​Virtual learning together with the world-renowned School of Music Jazz Studies faculty

 August 3 - August 7, 2020

Immerse yourself in an innovative week of music making with the world-renowned DePaul School of Music Jazz Studies faculty! Recommended for ages 16-27, this Jazz Intensive​ program offers serious jazz students an invaluable chance to work closely with the outstanding professional musicians of the Jazz Studies program including Dana Hall - Jazz Drumset and Rhythm Section Techniques, Scott Burns - Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation, Typhanie Monique Coller - Jazz Voice, Chad McCullough - Jazz Trumpet and Jim Trompeter - Jazz Piano and Music Technology.  

This five-day session includes several hours of daily engaging and interactive instruction. You will enjoy daily master classes with the jazz faculty, daily studio classes and seminars, as well as an individual private lesson. Topics include audition preparation, improvisation, repertoire, jazz history and theory, rhythm section techniques, jazz listening skills, utilizing technology for jazz composition and performance, and more!

Virtual sessions will run each day from 10AM - 2PM(CST), with a lunch break.  The hours from 2PM - 5PM (CST) will be reserved for individual private lessons. 

Students in all areas and instruments of jazz studies are encouraged to apply.  ​

Registration has now closed for these intensives.  


Tuition for the program is $275 (non-credit) for currently enrolled DePaul University School of Music students (including those beginning Fall 2020), $375 (non-credit) for all other students.

Registration has now closed for these intensives.  

All applicants should provide your instrument, years of study, a simple resumé describing your musical experience, and private teacher name with contact information.  Additional requirements are outlined below by area:  

For Jazz Drumset: Applicant should submit a 3-5 minute video demonstrating time keeping, improvisational, and technical abilities behind the drumset. This could be from a live performance with an ensemble, recorded with a play-a-long rhythm section, or a solo performance. Suggested repertoire for ensemble or play-a-long performance could be a blues, Jazz Standard, or familiar bebop tune. For applicants performing solo, please submit video of yourself playing the following styles: 

- Play for 1-minute in a Jazz Swing style, 4/4 time, quarter note = 180bpm with sticks

- Trade “fours” for 1-minute, playing Jazz swing time in 4/4 for four measures and then soloing for four measures

- Play for 30 seconds in a Rock style, 4/4 time, quarter note = 125bpm with sticks

- Play for 30 seconds in a “Latin-style” (Mambo or Bossa Nova or Afro-Cuban 6/8). For Mambo, quarter note = 240bpm; for Bossa Nova, quarter note = 120bpm; for Afro-Cuban 6/8, doted quarter = 120bpm.

For Trumpet, Sax, and all other Instrumentalists: Applicant should submit a 3-5 minute video demonstrating improvisational and technical abilities. This could be from a live performance or recorded with a play-a-long rhythm section. Suggested repertoire could be a blues, Jazz Standard, or familiar bebop tune.

For Vocalists: Applicant should submit a 3-5 minute video demonstrating improvisational and technical abilities. This could be from a live performance or recorded with a play-a-long rhythm section. Scatting is encouraged, though not required. Repertoire must be a blues, Jazz Standard, or familiar bebop tune. Some suggested compositions are:

East of the Sun, Blue Monk, Days of Wine and Roses, Night and Day, On Green Dolphin Street, It Could Happen To You, Oleo, Billie’s Bounce, All Of Me, Bye Bye Blackbird

NOTE:  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the maximum of 30 students for the program is reached. Current and incoming DePaul students do not need to submit additional audition recordings at this time with their application.  

The DePaul University School of Music may have more specific requirements for using Zoom with musical content. Here is a guide to assist you with getting the most out of your Zoom session.

July 10 - Applications must be received. 

July 13 - Registration fees must be received. 

Payment instructions will be communicated upon acceptance. 

Please feel free to email music@depaul.edu directly with any further questions.

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