Ages: 13–18
Time: 11AM–5PM
Spring Semester: Feb 1–May 2
Tuition: $650 per semester; $1,000 per year

Instrumental and vocal students learn from the best in the industry in this exciting jazz training program. Auditions are required and will be held on Sat, Jan 25 from 10AM–2PM.

James Moody Jazz Orchestra
Students play jazz with the masters in this big band orchestra. Invitation required.

Learn from the best instructors in the industry alongside other teens who share your passion. You’ll explore instrumental and/or vocal technique, improvisation skills and ensemble collaboration—while absorbing knowledge about the inner workings of the music industry and the history of jazz. If you’re looking to pursue a career in music, don’t miss this opportunity to work with professional teaching artists who will give you a competitive edge.


Mark Gross is the Director of Jazz Instruction at NJPAC. Gross has been involved with NJPAC since the early 2000s when he first taught saxophone at Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens for eight years, and is now going into his fifth year as a music director. In addition to being a teaching artist for NJPAC, Gross has toured all over the country as a musician, performed on Broadway, and recorded albums such as his most recent work, + Strings.

Note: Mandatory Placement Audition is required. Applicants are not required to have previous jazz experience in order to audition. Auditions take place on Saturday, January 25 from 10AM–2PM. Auditions will be held at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education, 24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ. *Students will be placed in either Prep Division or Performance Division on the first day of class based on the placement audition. Some students will be invited to join the James Moody Jazz Orchestra

There will also be a Theory Test give on the day of asking questions ranging from key signatures, note values, writing out scales, identifying intervals, identifying triads, etc.

Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Bass, Guitar

Scales Required
Chromatic Scale (full range of 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)

Note: Each student will be asked to play one of each type of scale, chosen at random. Pianists must play with both hands together.


Rudiments Required
Drummers are expected to know the 26 rudiments and will be asked to demonstrate 2-3 rudiments at random.

Other Requirements
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
Shuffle groove


Scales Required
Chromatic Scale (full range)
Major Scale (any key)
Dorian Minor Scale (any key)
Dominant 7th Scale and chord arpeggios (any key)

Other Requirements
Singers with previous jazz experience should also be prepared to scat a bebop head in any key.

Tunes Required for All Instruments (Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums)
Note: Students will be grouped together in ensembles and be asked to play one of the tunes below.

Tune #1 Barefoot Sunday Blues (Cannonball Adderley)
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Tune #2 Oleo (Sonny Rollins)
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Tune #3 Doxy (Sonny Rollins)
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Tunes Required for Vocalists
Tune #1 All of Me (Marks/Simons)
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Tune #2 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Jimmy McHugh)
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Tune #3 How Insensitive (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
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