A unique musical experience for young jazz players.
The Joplin Jazz Camp will provide each student with a foundation in the jazz idiom through classes and rehearsals that emphasize improvisation, theory, jazz history, ear training and transcription of solos, melodic patterns, and jazz style and interpretation. Students are encouraged to think creatively and truly dig in and experience the music through active learning, rather than simply practicing patterns out of a book. The faculty strives not only to mentor these young students, but also to foster a positive learning environment where they aren't afraid to take risks in their playing and improvising. The Joplin Jazz Camp's ultimate goal is to make each and every student a better person, a better performer, and to inspire them to carry on the wonderful legacy of the music we call jazz, while simultaneously continuing to innovate and seek out new forms of musical expression. The students will have an opportunity to practice what they learn by performing at a local venue at the summation of the camp.
Read the bios for the Jazz Camp faculty here.