Jazz Camp



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Summer 2020: June 21-26

Developed with the serious music student in mind, this residency is an in-depth week-long summer program for high school and middle school music students designed by UNC Asheville’s contemporary music faculty.

At UNC Asheville, our music performance and music technology programs push the boundaries of music education. University students receive directed instruction in Studio Music and Jazz while cross-training in Eco and Ethnomusicology plus Roots and Popular Music. They explore experimental music, electronic music, and the most contemporary concert and improvisational music to date, all housed inside a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum producing well-rounded graduates.

Taking its cue from the University’s four-year program, the Summer Music Camp accelerates knowledge and understanding of all forms of improvisational music. Students participate in a variety of challenging and rewarding ensembles and classes while interacting continually, from sunup to sundown, with the faculty and guest artists.

This camp is for all instruments and vocalists, regardless of their primary genre of study. Our core focus is on the art of communication using music and sound as a teaching medium. Attendees come away with an enhanced concept of what it means to communicate and will learn collaborative skills that transcend discipline of study. Past students have gone on to higher education studies either at UNC Asheville or elsewhere around the country in such diverse fields as engineering, English, sociology, psychology, the sciences, and even music.


  • music improvisation
  • contemporary music theory
  • jazz history
  • rock/pop history
  • composition (with student compositions performed by faculty!)
  • instrumental masterclasses
  • electric winds
  • how to run a jam session
  • rhythm section clinic
  • active listening


Jazz Band
A study of swing, articulation, and balance from Count Basie to Thad Jones

Jazz Combo
Beginning small group playing up thru the hard bop of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers

Experimental Ensemble
Electronics, soundscapes, sonic pallets, and improvised reaction for classical and jazz students

Guitar Circle
Developing a deeper connection between the guitar neck, the hands, and applied theory

Avant Garde/Contemporary Ensemble
Where the synthesis of jazz and concert (classical) music is headed, from Ornette Coleman to today


Resident Attendees

  • Early Registration Tuition Fee: $595.00 before February 29, 2020
  • Tuition Fee: $645.00 after February 29, 2020
  • Balance of tuition due by Friday, June 3, 2019

Non-Resident Attendees

Are you interested in attending the Summer Jazz and Contemporary Music Intensive, but are not interested in staying overnight? No problem! Our non-resident alternative is for you. At a cost of $395.00 per student, it is a great alternative for those who live locally or those who wish to spend the week in other accommodations around the beautiful city of Asheville. Tuition includes two meals on Sunday, Monday-Thursday lunch and dinner, and Friday lunch.

Registration Fee

A non-refundable registration fee of $100 will be required when you register and will secure a spot for the attendee. All private lesson fees are also due when you register to hold private lesson spots.

Private Lessons

Attendees will have the opportunity to study privately with our camp faculty. These sessions provide directed insight into the student’s instrument in the form of fundamentals, improvisational techniques, and practice regimens.
Cost- $35 per half hour, paid at registration.

Due to limited time slots for one on one instruction, we are required to take the lesson fees at registration in order to schedule effectively. 

Scholarships and Tuition-Reduction Options

Merit Scholarships: All-Region/All-State members

Students who were selected this year to take part in any All-Region receive $75 off of the total tuition.  If you took part in an All-State Ensemble (concert, jazz, orchestra, or choir) receive an extra $75 discount for a total of $150.00 off your tuition. Your registration form includes questions regarding all-region and all-state status, and this information will be verified with your current music instructor.

Need-based scholarships

A fund providing a limited number of need-based merit scholarships for the 2020 summer camp has been provided by the UNC Asheville Office of Admission and Financial Aid. Camp scholarship recipients must be currently eligible for the free or reduced school lunch program. This half-tuition and full-tuition camp scholarships are awarded based on a short essay in the application form and a video audition submitted online. To apply for one of these scholarships, click here.

Group Discount

UNC Asheville discounts the student tuition by 10% of your total balance if a group of five (5) or more students attends from the same school, band director, or organization. When registering, make sure the same information is included in the Current School and Current Instructor information.