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Summer Jazz Improv and Composers Workshop

The NYU Steinhardt Summer Jazz Improvisation and Composers Workshop offers daily cutting-edge masterclasses, ensembles and seminars that provide a wide range of opportunities tailored to the needs of intermediate and advanced students. Students will interact and study with many of the top jazz musicians on the music scene today, and they will also have the opportunity to give public performances at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village, the heart of the New York City jazz scene.

The workshops will consist of a daily improvisation class, a daily masterclass with special guest instructors (this will open with group meetings and discussions), daily small ensemble rehearsals with NYU or guest faculty, and a daily jazz composition class.

*Session 1 has very limited availability.

Program Dates

Session 1: June 25 - July 7, 2023 *Limited availability
Session 2: July 9 – July 21, 2023

Application Deadline

Session 1: March 31, 2023 *Limited availability
Session 2: April 14, 2023

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$2,500 (Tuition) 
$100 (Evening/Weekend Activity Fee)
$1,214 (On-Campus Housing $844, Required Meal Plan $370)
Scholarships: Limited, through application

Intended For

High School (16 years and older)
Post-College and Graduate Students
Continuing Professionals


Summer Jazz Improv & Composition faculty members will include Professor David Pietro (Director of NYU Jazz Studies), and Dr. David Schroeder (Professor of Jazz Studies) along with other distinguished jazz studies performers and educators.

Past faculty and lecturers have included Jay Anderson, Johnathan Blake, Alan Broadbent, Jeff Coffin, Dave Douglas, Dezron Douglas, Billy Drewes, Billy Drummond, Alan Ferber, Gil Goldstein, Tim Hagans, Marquis Hill, Dave Liebman, Lage Lund, Joe Martin, Peter Mazza, Camila Meza, Tony Moreno, Chris Potter, Bobby Previte, Mike Rodriguez, John Scofield, Kendrick Scott, Tom Scott, Brad Shepik, Janis Siegel, Alex Sipiagin, Helen Sung, Gary Versace, Johannes Weidenmüller, Michael Wolff.

View a complete list of current NYU Jazz faculty.

Billy Drewes

Music Adjunct Faculty

Drew Gress

Music Adjunct Faculty

Ari Hoenig

Music Adjunct Faculty

Dave Liebman

Music Adjunct Faculty

Tony Moreno

Music Adjunct Faculty

Dave Pietro

Music Associate Professor and Director, Jazz Studies

Chris Potter

Music Adjunct Faculty

Dave Schroeder

Music Professor of Jazz Studies

Brad Shepik

Music Adjunct Faculty

Lenny White

Music Adjunct Faculty, Composer in Residence

Martin Wind

Music Adjunct Faculty

Michael Wolff

Music Adjunct Faculty

Audition Requirements

Submit a video recording with three contrasting jazz standards of your choice that demonstrate the breadth and range of your work and a command of the jazz language. You may either be accompanied by a live rhythm section of piano or guitar, bass, and drums; or perform along to a backing track over which you are clearly audible.

Summer 2023 Application


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement & Safety Measures

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYU has in place ongoing public health measures and requirements to ensure the safety of all University community members.

Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, cancellation/refund policy, and financial aid details for our summer programs.

Housing Information

All you need to know about NYU summer program housing including rates, meal plans, services, and check-in/out.

International Student Information

An application checklist and information on English proficiency testing, visas, and health insurance for students from outside the United States.

Receiving Your Admission Decision

All communications and admission decisions are provided via email (email account used when application was created).

Some admission decisions may be made on a rolling basis, but all applicants should expect a decision soon after the appropriate deadline has passed.

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