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Jazz Academy

June 18-22

Director: Jennifer Grantham

CCM Jazz Academy offers an outstanding experience to study jazz performance with professional musicians in a variety of settings. Daily ensemble rehearsals will be augmented with classes in jazz theory, jazz arranging, improvisation, and jazz listening, as well as Master Classes with guest artists and faculty members. Faculty includes CCM Preparatory and college instructors, along with guest artists and teachers. The week concludes with a performance by the student combos and Jazz Ensemble.


Tuition is $400. Tuition is due by May 5.

Placement Audition

Auditions are required, but for placement only; all eligible students are accepted. Students may audition for placement in the Jazz Academy either online via video submission.

Online Placement Audition

To audition online, submit a video to In the subject line of the email, include the student's name and the instrument (example: Jennifer Grantham, saxophone).

Audition Requirements

All students should prepare the following for their video audition

  • Drums: demonstrate 16 measures of the following: a swing beat (fast and medium), Latin beat (bossa), rock beat at various tempi, and a ballad using brushes; excerpt (click here to download)
  • All others: perform a chromatic scale, (displaying range); major scales (up to 3 sharps and 3 flats); excerpt (click here to download); head and 2 choruses of improvisation over a blues head of your choice

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30-10:30 a.m. – Jazz Band Rehearsal
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Jazz Theory/ Ear Training
  • 12:00-2:00 p.m. – Lunch and Immersion Class
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m. – Jazz Listening
  • 2:30-4:00 p.m. – Combo
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Jazz Band Rehearsal
  • 5:00-6:15 p.m. – Dinner break for dorm students
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Activity, Master class for dorm students


4 p.m. Friday, June 22, Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM

Immersion Housing

Any student attending an Immersion program who is age 14 or older may live on campus at the University of Cincinnati. Housing is available for an additional fee.