IfCM Jazz and Creative Music Adult Camp 2020: Virtual Edition
We are excited to offer the 3rd annual CMS adult jazz camp for beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians as a virtual camp! Camp director and drummer Chris Teal brings this opportunity for adults to learn jazz songs, style, and improvisation by ear and from written notation. The core faculty also includes internationally touring jazz musician/educators.
The virtual camp will include a combination of prerecorded IfCM instructional videos, livestreamed private YouTube sessions, and small group Zoom meetings for individualized feedback. Students will be arranged in small groups based on instrumentation and experience level. Students are coached both on their individual roles and roles within ensembles. Jazz transcription, composition, practice techniques, and basic audio recording are included in all levels. See the detailed schedule below for more information.
Students will need access to a device that has internet. We are happy to help students navigate the technology needed for this camp. Send an email to email@example.com with any technology questions.
This Camp is approved for 30 Hours of Arkansas Professional Development.
Listening, Composition, Theory (Based on Experience)
Small Group Sessions
Special Topic Faculty Masterclasses
Song Review with Small Group
Done for the day
YT = Full camp live streaming sessions immediately archived on YouTube
Z = Small group sessions using Zoom
T = Individual learning, play along, and practice using new “Creative Jazz Fundamentals” courses on Teachable
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect at a summer jazz camp?
The camp is designed for musicians who want to immerse themselves in playing, learning about, listening to, and talking about jazz and creative music. We do a lot of learning by ear in addition to written notation and provide you with access to the song, style, and improvisation course “Creative Jazz Fundamentals” so you can keep learning after you leave the camp.
What instruments are appropriate for jazz?
We are very open-minded about the types of instruments and voices that should be included in the jazz environment—in addition to saxophone, trumpet, voice, and other instruments you’d commonly find in jazz we’ve worked with just about everything else as well. If you’re unsure feel free to ask (the answer is probably yes).
How do I know if I’m good enough?
The camp is open to any musician age 18 and older and we recommend that you are comfortable (at bare minimum) playing all of the notes on your instrument in a couple octaves. If you’ve never played jazz but have played your instrument for at least a year, we definitely have a place for you in the beginning track. More experienced players familiar with reading music, some jazz songs, and some improvising or composing would likely want to join the advanced track. If you’ve played jazz in the past or currently play in a group and want to take your playing to the next level, we also have ensembles that will motivate you.
Where should I stay if I’m coming in from out-of-town?
The U of A camps offer private dorms – just choose the overnight package when you register for camp. There are also several nearby hotels and Air BnB sites in close proximity.
What should I bring?
Your instrument(s), staff paper/notebook, writing utensil, clothing and personal items. Recording devices, iPads and other technology can be useful but are not required. For rhythm section players we provide drum sets and cymbals (you bring sticks/brushes), bass and guitar amps, and of course, pianos. We also have vibraphones and hand percussion available.
What if I have more questions?
Email Chris Teal at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can set up a time to chat over the phone or Skype as well.