Global Jazz:
Ongoing Conversations

Session A July 15 – July 19, 2024

Session B July 29 – August 2, 2024

On-campus program
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PDT daily

Tuition: $1556.00
* Scholarships are available

$500 Deposit required no later than 15 days after receiving notice of admission

Apply by April 30, 2024

Remaining tuition balance due by June 15, 2024
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Global Jazz: Ongoing Conversations is a weeklong summer jazz intensive that connects high school musicians to a vibrant community of artists led by UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Global Jazz Studies faculty and current fellows of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA. This program brings together performers from throughout the world to comprise the nation’s first global jazz studies summer workshop. Students will participate in master classes, lessons, composition workshops, and performances throughout the week.

Collaborative classes and lessons are designed around each student’s needs, with an emphasis on progressive models of jazz performance. Each student will engage with composition and ensemble projects, with instrumentation determined by the workshop participants rather than the traditional big band model.

Each student will be encouraged to participate to compose and collaborate. Our instructors–themselves composers, arrangers, and fellows of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA–are well versed in global jazz repertoire and concepts, and committed to seeing the program reflect the future of this music with roots firmly embedded in its tradition.

During the program students will work collaboratively and with instructors to create unique individual and ensemble recordings that showcase their playing. To cap the experience, a showcase of student performances will be held at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music for participants to share their work with friends and family!

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Daily Schedule

* Daily class schedule is held in person on campus at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and schedule details are subject to change. All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

  • 10:00 am: Daily Warm-up
  • 10:15 am: Morning Workshop with Hancock Institute Instructors
    (Composition, Improvisation, Rhythm, Historical Contexts, etc)
  • 11:00 am: Ensembles Breakout
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch and Q & A Session with Hancock Institute Instructors
    (Topics: college auditions, careers in music, new music)
  • 1:00 pm: Master Classes with UCLA Global Jazz Faculty
    (Arturo O’Farrill, Steve Loza, Hitomi Oba, Luciana Souza, Justo Almario )
  • 2:00 pm: Private Instrumental Lessons
  • 3:00 pm: Afternoon Workshop with Hancock Institute Instructors
    (Composition, Improvisation, Rhythm, Historical Contexts, etc)
  • 4:00 pm: Daily Wrap-up

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cancellation and refund policy?

Cancellation of your participation in the summer intensives must be provided to the program in writing no later than May 31, 2024.  You will be eligible to receive an 85% refund of your deposit if cancelling by this date. Cancellations communicated in writing from June 1, 2024 through June 28, 2024 will receive a 50% refund on their deposit. Cancellations communicated from July 1 through the start of the intensive are eligible for a 50% refund of the full tuition.  However, any cancellations communicated once your intensive has already begun will not be eligible for a refund.

Will housing be provided?

No, participants must make their own lodging arrangements.

Will food be provided?

Yes, lunch is catered for participants each day of the intensive program.  We recommend you bring snacks or purchase snacks at the various vending areas available on campus.

Will orientation be provided?

Yes, orientation is required for both parents/guardians and participants.  A zoom orientation session will be facilitated one month prior to the start of the intensives.

Do I need to bring my own instrument?

Yes, if you are a drummer in the jazz or songwriting program, only bring a bass drum pedal, cymbals, and drum sticks.  If you are a piano player, each of our instructional spaces are equipped with a piano.

Is there a cost for parking on campus?

We recommend you use parking structure 2 (P2 on this map), the closest one to our buildings.  The cost for a full day of parking is $15 in structure 2, parking rates are subject to revision by the university and can also vary by parking location.

Is the program available to international students?

International students are eligible to apply, please refer to the following page for information on visa requirements.

Will I need any additional supplies?

Additional supplies needed vary by intensive and we recommend you review the orientation information for your specific intensives.

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