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Summer Jazz Improv and Composers Workshop

The NYU Steinhardt Summer Jazz Improv and Composers Workshop combines cutting-edge jazz education with master classes and workshops by the finest jazz musicians in New York City. This workshop offers courses covering a wide range of subjects tailored to the needs of intermediate to advanced students. Along with world-renowned jazz studies faculty, the workshop will include daily interaction with jazz musicians from around the world.

The course 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.

Program Dates

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

Application Deadline

Session 1: March 31, 2023
Session 2: April 24, 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 will include the following as well as many guest clinicians for daily masterclasses. Past guests have included Bill Stewart, Nate Smith, Eddie Henderson, Joe Lovano, John Riley, Elliot Mason, Stefon Harris, Drew Gress, Kenny Werner, Dafnis Prieto, Sam Newsome, Wayne Krantz, Randy Johnston, Gil Goldstein, Rich Perry, Adam Rogers, and Peter Bernstein.

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).

Many program directors make admission decisions on a rolling basis once a completed application is received. However, applicants can expect to receive a final admissions decision email no later than two weeks after the final application deadline date.

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