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Summer Teen Programs

Jazz In The Pines Student Clinic

Up your jazz playing by learning from some of the best jazz artists in the country – professionals who earn a living playing and teaching the next generation of musicians. In this summer jazz camp, you’ll get the opportunity to rehearse and perform daily in big bands and combos, as well as get specialized coaching on your instrument. The daily curriculum will include music theory, arranging and improvisational techniques, and master classes. Guest artists and faculty perform with students at concerts held at the end of each week.

Jazz thrives and grows when it is passed unselfishly from generation to generation. Come to the Jazz In The Pines Student Clinic and learn from a generation of greats.

This music workshop is open admission for ages 14-18; 13 year olds accepted by instructor permission. Instructors will work with students at their level. Your student will improve and learn new skills, whether she or he has been playing an instrument for two years or for several years.

There is no audition required prior to arrival, although we do recommend that your child has at least two years of experience playing their instrument. Although this is an open admission program, students will audition for chair or ensemble placement on the first day.

All music program applications require a review of a student’s application before the student can move from Applied to Enrolled due to instrument availability.

Plan to bring your own folding music stand and equipment marked with your name (i.e. drums, amps, etc.). Idyllwild Arts cannot provide instruments or personal equipment.

Jazz Instrumental  Intensive Required Attire

  • Casual dress for all concerts
  • Collared shirt or blouse (short sleeve is fine)
  • Long slacks or dresses/skirts below the knee

Find the full schedule and materials list here.

A typical day starts off with a morning of classes, taught by acclaimed jazz performers and educators. At 9:00, younger students attend classes in music theory; more advanced students attend classes in arranging and composing, which culminates in performances of student work. At 10:00, students attend master classes on their specific instruments, where specific playing techniques are discussed in detail. At 11:00, students stay with their instrument groupings, but shift emphasis to Jazz Improvisation; under the guidance of their instructors, students play improvised solos every day.

After lunch, the emphasis shifts to ensemble rehearsals, with the faculty becoming directors; big band and bombo (small ensemble rehearsals) occur throughout the afternoon. Students are placed in ensembles according to their ability and experience (determined by an audition on the first day of camp).

Tom Hynes (Auxiliary Jazz Chair/Guitar) is an educator, guitarist and composer. Tom is a full time Professor of Music at Azusa Pacific University, and also serves on the faculties of Idyllwild Arts Academy and St. Catherine’s Academy. Credits include Hubert Laws, Liza Minelli, Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and the US Department of State. He has composed music for the Smithsonian Institute and the Orange County Museum of Art. Jazz recordings include The Sun Shop and Tom Hynes and Marshall Hawkins: Live at The Fret House.

The full list of faculty will be available in early January 2021.

There is an Honor Music discount for students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups. Students who participate in regional, state and national honor groups qualify for an automatic discount of $1,200 through February 25, 2021. After February 25, 2021, the discount will lower to $1,000 through April 15, 2021.

No Honor Awards are available after April 15. Additional financial aid based on financial need is available.

Steps to Enrollment Process for Honor Discount:

  • Fill out the online application using the Register Now button on our website. 
  • In the application, we ask if your child is in an honor group or band. 
    • Please fill in the Honor band questions when prompted in the application. 
  • You will not see the deduction for the Honor Music discount when you get to the payment page  – as this is a discount, it must be manually applied by a member of the registration team. 
    • If you intend to pay in full, please select the pay in full button when you complete the application. 
  • When you submit your application, your card will not be charged immediately, as music students’ applications need to be reviewed for:
    • Instrument availability
    • Audition requirements (if applicable for the program)
    • Honor Music Group verification – we ask that you provide verification that your child is part of the Honor group you listed in the application. 
  • Once we receive the application, we will review it within a week and:
    • Send you email instructions for verifying Honor group participation
    • Send you email instructions for completing the audition (If applicable)
  • We will then enroll your child and apply the Honor discount at this time.


Instrument Target # Availability
Drums 4 Limited space available
Bass (Upright/Electric) 4 Limited space available
Guitar – Electric 3 Open
Piano/Keyboard 3 Limited space available
Sax – Alto 3 Open
Sax – Baritone 1 Sold out*
Sax – Tenor 3 Sold out*
Trombone – Tenor 5 Open
Trombone – Bass 1 Open
Trumpet 7 Open

The instrument breakdown listed above is a projection of the intended enrollment for the program – actual final enrollment may vary slightly from this at the conductor’s discretion.

*This instrument has sold out. To join the waitlist, please complete the Camper Application for all ages. Here is a guide to joining the waitlist. You will receive an automated email that your child is in Applied status after submitting the application. Once we have reviewed your application, we will follow up with an email confirming that you have been added to the waitlist.

Age: 14-18

July 3-17, 2021
Two-week session

Performance information to be announced.

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab fee:

Enrollment limited to 40 students.
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students.

Tom Hynes

Marshall Hawkins
John Daversa
Wayne Bergeron
Alex Iles
Matt Harris
Clayton Cameron
Kye Palmer
Frank Fontaine
Dan Radlauer
Dave Beatty
Barb Catlin
Dan St. Marseille
Charlie Richard
Rick Shaw
Matt Johnson
Paul Carman
Clayton E. Powell, Jr.

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