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Summer Jazz FAQ

FAQWhen and Where is the Camp?
The camp will take place from Monday, June 12 through Saturday, June 17 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm.

The camp takes place at RIO VISTA MIDDLE SCHOOL, 6240 W Palo Alto Ave in Fresno.

Who Should Attend?
The camp is for kids just entering middle school to college students 20 years of age and younger. We have a program planned for those with no jazz experience at all to those playing at an advanced level. If you are not yet in middle school, but are playing at an advanced level for your age, you are welcome to attend as well.

Who is Teaching?
We have a who’s who of jazz educators and musicians on board. You can read about our faculty at this link. In addition to our regular faculty we have a number of guest artists who will be teaching and playing at the camp.

I don’t play a traditional “jazz” instrument. Can I attend?
Yes! Instrumentation in the small-group setting can be different than is typical in a jazz big band. Our staff includes the world-class mandolinist Eva Scow, who also plays violin, so string players are encouraged to attend as well.

I’m a vocalist. Is there a program for me?
Yes! We are offering a vocal jazz program this year lead by Alana Hill and Karen Marguth.

What is the schedule like?
Each student will be placed in a small group or a beginning jazz group that will be lead by one of our instructors. You will also receive instruction in jazz theory as well as participate in jazz master classes. The afternoon session will also feature electives in improvisation, jazz listening, jazz arranging and more. You will end the day by attending one a camp concert by our guest artists and faculty.

Are there auditions?
There are no auditions to get into the camp, but you will take a short theory test and have a quick audition on the first day to make sure you are placed in a theory class and ensembles with others at your level.

I don’t have very good music reading skills. Is that a problem?
Don’t worry. If you don’t read music, the music fundamentals classes that we offer in the morning will get you on the right track. As long as you have at least a year of experience on your instrument, you qualify to attend the camp.

Is there a performance?
Of course! Each group will take part in the culmination performance on Saturday to show off all the skills learned during the week. You will receive a performance time for your group in the middle of the week, but all performances will take place between 9 and 1.

What does Summer Jazz Camp cost?
That’s the best part! The camp is just $345 for the whole week, plus a $50 registration fee. That is less than $9 per hour! It will be difficult for you to find a jazz camp that offers a value like this for a price like that! If you register before March 1, the tuition is just $320 (plus registration fee). After June 1, camp tuition increases to $385 (plus registration fee) and must be paid in full upon registration.

When is the tuition due?
During the registration process you will choose a payment plan option. For more information on this, see the tuition section of the website. To ensure you are registered, though, the $50 deposit/registration fee must be paid.

Why is there a limit to the number of registrants?
We are limiting enrollment to 90 students to ensure that our instructors can devote time to each individual student. If someone registers after capacity is reached they will be put on a waiting list.

I live outside the Fresno-Clovis area. Do you provide housing?
Milestones Summer Jazz is a day camp, and we do not provide overnight housing. However, if you are coming from outside the area and need housing, we will do our best to connect you with a local family who has a son or daughter attending the camp and would be willing to provide housing and transportation for the week.

I have a question I didn’t see listed here. Can you help?
Definitely. Contact us via email or call Jim at 559-343-3365.

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