Our Mission

This year’s camp has been cancelled. (Updated 6/3/2016)

The Austin Jazz Project began in 2003 and was conceived by a group of accomplished jazz musicians with strong education backgrounds to teach young musicians the art of improvisation and small combo jazz playing.

Confidence, creativity, expression, integrity and artful balance in life are the intangible goals of the Austin Jazz Project. It’s our belief and mission as a staff that students who participate in the arts become more fulfilled adults, people who have a high degree of self-esteem and who are also sensitive to others. The work students do during the camp gives them a sense of belonging to a group that values music, fun and expression. That feeling of belonging, knowing that you have discovered other like-minded people is crucial to becoming a healthy and successful person. We believe this is important.

Over the course of 5 days, the participants will learn the art of arranging, interpreting, and improvising over a variety of jazz/soul/R&B/pop standards. In addition to performing, students will actively learn about jazz through listening sessions, ear training sessions and masterclasses designed to enhance their understanding of this great American art form.

The workshop culminates in a final public performance/celebration on Friday, giving participants the opportunity to demonstrate their new skills for friends and family. The performance is open to the public.

Teaching Creativity and Confidence Through Jazz Improvisation