Dates: Jan 28 – May 13
Time: 10AM – 5PM
Ages: 14 – 18
Tuition: $650 per semester
Colton Institute for
Training and Research in the Arts
This comprehensive and sequential jazz education program develops well-rounded young performers through access to life-changing experiences.
James Moody Jazz Orchestra is a large ensemble of students from the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program. Conducted by Mark Gross, this ensemble plays a standard big band repertoire of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Quincy Jones, and Count Basie, as well as original compositions written and arranged by Mark Gross, faculty, and some students.
George Wein Scholars Ensemble is a select ensemble of students selected from the Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens (WFJT) program who are personally mentored by Mark Gross and the WJFT faculty. The George Wein Scholars are given unique opportunities to learn and grow as jazz musicians from leaders in the jazz field today.
- Must be an active member of Jazz for Teens
- Must be proficient on their instrument
- Be part of a small elite ensemble
- Opportunity to present all forms of jazz and popular music
- Encouraged/mentored in composing and arranging original material
- Personal mentorship from Mark Gross and Jazz for Teens faculty
Important! Select your instrument for information about placement
Although no previous jazz experience is required, all students will be asked to record a short video of themselves performing and complete a music theory test. This is so we can place you in the right ensemble for your skill level and make sure you get instruction that meets your needs. Please click the link for more information.
Students are required to submit a video for ensemble placement and complete a theory test for theory-level placement.
Students less experienced with jazz improvisation and theory, or any other aspect listed should not be anxious about these requirements as the program caters to all levels.
Beginning students should simply demonstrate any of the below criteria to the best of their ability. If you’re unfamiliar with any of the material or new to improvising, don’t be intimidated or embarrassed; do the best that you can do!
The Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Program welcomes beginning and experienced students alike. You are coming to this program to learn and we are ALL still learning.
- Your video should be in mp4 or MOV video format. You can use your phone, computer, or camera to record.
- Your video should have a length of 5-7 minutes.
- Film horizontally with your face in the top 2/3 of the screen
- Film indoors to avoid the ambient sound (wind etc.).
- Once your video is complete, please upload it to YouTube and name the video “Jazz for Teens Placement Video (Your Name and Instrument)
How to submit your video placement and theory test
- Once you have registered, you will be added to a Jazz for Teens Google classroom for the program and you will receive an assignment to submit your completed video and theory test.
- Once you have been added to Google Classroom, feel free to post comments or ask questions in google classroom about your video & theory placement assignment!
- Please upload the youtube link of your video and the completed theory test to google classroom by the due date assigned.
Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Bass, Guitar
Chromatic Scale (full range of the instrument)
Dorian Minor Scale (Keys: D-, G-, C-, F-, A-, E-)
Major Scale (Keys: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D)
Dominant 7th Scale (Keys: G7, C7, F7, Bb7, D7, A7)
Please prepare one tune from the list below. You can record yourself playing to a play-along track.
Instruments (Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Bass, Guitar)
Drummers will be asked to demonstrate jazz drum-set styles including
Straight-ahead swing feel in any ballad (with brushes) at a tempo of 60 bpm
Medium tempo bossa-nova
Up-tempo samba feel
Medium tempo two-feel swing
Please prepare one tune from the list below. You can record yourself playing to a play-along track. We suggest that drummers use the piano sheet music as their lead sheet when recording.
Tune #1 Barefoot Sunday Blues (Cannonball Adderley)
Tune #2 Oleo (Sonny Rollins)
Tune #3 Doxy (Sonny Rollins)
Snare Drum Solo (prepare a minimum of one)
Drummers choose one of the following snare drum solo pieces that is most challenging within their comfort level. Drummers are welcome to record more than one of these solo pieces if they wish.
Snare Solo no. 01 – Challenge Level 1 – All American Drummer – Wilcoxon
Snare Solo no. 03 – Challenge Level 2 – All American Drummer – Wilcoxon
Snare Solo no. 12 – Challenge Level 3 – All American Drummer – Wilcoxon
Chromatic Scale (full range)
Major Scale (any key)
Dorian Minor Scale (any key)
Dominant 7th Scale and chord arpeggios (any key)
Singers with previous jazz experience should also be prepared to scat a bebop head in any key.
Tunes Required for Vocalists