Jazz Camp


UNC Asheville Jazz and Contemporary Camp Video (click here)


Summer 2019: Sunday, June 23 through Friday, June 28

Developed with the serious music student in mind, this residency is an in-depth week-long summer program for rising high school, high school, college and continuing students in the musical performing arts designed by the contemporary music faculty to accelerate all aspects of musical development.

At UNC Asheville, our Music and Music Technology programs push the boundaries of music education.  Our college students receive directed instruction in Studio Music and Jazz while cross training in Eco and Ethnomusicology plus Roots and Popular Music.  In addition, these programs explore experimental music and visuals, electronic music, and the most contemporary concert and improvisational music to date, all housed inside a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum designed to produce well-rounded graduates.

Taking its cue from the University's four year program, the Summer Music Intensive is designed to accelerate knowledge and understanding of all forms of improvisational music.  Students will participate in a variety of challenging and rewarding ensembles and classes taught while interacting daily with the faculty and guest artists.


  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Jazz Theory
  • Jazz History
  • Rock/Pop History
  • Jazz Composition
  • Contemporary Composition
  • Instrumental Master Classes
  • Electronics (Guitar and Winds!)
  • How to Run a Jam Session
  • How (and why!) to memorize music
  • Section leading
  • Rhythm Section Clinic


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 Messangers

Experimental Ensemble
Electronics, soundscapes, sonic pallets, and improvised reaction

Rock and Roll
Breaking down individual band sounds across the last four decades

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


Register here

Resident Attendees:

Early Registration Tuition Fee: 560.00 before March 31. 
Tuition Fee: $620.00 after March 31

Balance of tuition due by Friday, June 3, 2018.

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 $370.00 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- $30 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.