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JazzArts Summer Music Camp

2024 JazzArts Summer Music Camp, presented at UNC Charlotte

JUNE 24-28, 2024,  9:00am-3:00pm
UNC Charlotte Main Campus
Robinson Hall, 9027 Mary Alexander Rd


The JazzArts Summer Music Camp is an exciting one-week comprehensive music training program for students, grades 7-12, devoted to America’s original art form: JAZZ. Students will be immersed in an intensive jazz curriculum and have the opportunity to interact and play with other motivated young musicians from across the Charlotte region.

The JazzArts Summer Music Camp curriculum includes small combo performance, jazz improvisation, jazz history and listening, jazz theory (basic to advanced), master class instruction on bass, drums, guitar, piano, saxophone (all woodwinds), trombone and trumpet, and student jam sessions. All instruments are welcome, including vocals.

There will be a culminating community concert performance on Friday evening, the last day of camp.

2024 Special Guest Clinician – Marcus Strickland

The JazzArts Academy is thrilled to announce saxophonist Marcus Strickland as the 2024 Summer Music Camp special guest clinician! Strickland’s band and concept project, “Twi-Life” deals with the connection and intersection between jazz, soul, and hip hop. In addition to his own “Twi-Life,” trio and quartet, Strickland has played with Christian McBride, Dave Douglas, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Robert Glasper, and had a five-year stint with the drummer Roy Haynes. Strickland has been on two Grammy-nominated recordings (including Fountain of Youth – Roy Haynes & Keystone). In addition to his busy performance schedule, Strickland is an educator in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he serves as Associate Professor of Practice.


Placement Auditions

Auditions are held for placement at the appropriate skill level. Students at all levels, with at least one year experience in a school band or private lessons, are welcome! Four skill levels are offered.  Click here for audition details.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, June 22 in Robinson Hall on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Students who participated in a JazzArts Academy Spring 2024 program are not required to audition.


$375 (includes $20 registration fee).

Limited need-based Financial Aid scholarships are available to eligible students for up to 90 percent of the tuition costs. Please email to register if you are applying for financial aid or seeking a payment plan, as you will not be able to complete the registration online. The deadline to apply for financial aid is June 10, 2024.

If you are registering multiple children, please contact Education Director, Patrick Brown, at to receive a purchase code for a “sibling discount.”

Payment and Refund Policy

Tuition is due at the time of registration. Full payment may be made by check, money order or credit card. A payment plan is available if prearranged.  A full refund will be granted up to one week before the first program day – minus the $20.00 registration fee.

Got a question?

If you’ve got a question we didn’t answer on the website, call us at 704-334-3900 or contact Education Director Patrick Brown directly at


Special Thanks

Thank you to the Infusion Fund, South Arts, Ford Foundation, Alice L. Walton Foundation, North Carolina Arts Council, and Knight Foundation for providing the generous support that allows this program to remain accessible and affordable.

Special thank you to UNC Charlotte, Bank of America, Akers Foundation, and The Ella Fitzgerald Foundation for their belief in students having the opportunity to learn jazz.


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