Ages: 13 – 18
Class Times:
11AM – 3PM
Fall: October 10 – December 19
Spring: January 9 – May 1
Single Semester: $150
Full Year: $300

Play by your own rules.

NJPAC’s jazz training program for musicians and vocalists has gone digital! Develop your own style and strengths as you work with our faculty of world-class professionals. You’ll have group classes in history, technique, improvisation, theory, and composition. You’ll even play live online with your ensemble. No previous jazz experience necessary—musicians and vocalists are welcome at any level of ability.

Don’t miss Saturday, September 19 @ 1 PM on Facebook Live! Meet with NJPAC’s teaching artists and sample all of the arts training programs we have to offer in our Virtual Open House!

Meet Mark Gross

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.

What is Jazz for Teens?

What is Jazz for Teens?

How do online classes work?


When you sign up for Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens, you’re invited to IN THE MIX—a virtual clubhouse for students across all NJPAC programs. Talk about what’s going on in your lives and around the world. Explore the issues that matter to you, from climate change to social justice. Make friends, make art and make a difference! More details to come upon registration.

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. The video and test will be due September 28th by 5PM. Make sure to click on your instrument below for specific details. Based on these placement materials, select students will be asked to join the invite-only James Moody Jazz Orchestra.

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.

Video Guidelines 

  • 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 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 by Monday, September 28 at 5 p.m. 
  • Once you have been added to google classrooms, 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

Scales Required
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)

Tune Recording

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)

Tune #1 Barefoot Sunday Blues (Cannonball Adderley)
Sheet Music

Tune #2 Oleo (Sonny Rollins)
Sheet Music

Tune #3 Doxy (Sonny Rollins)
Sheet Music


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

Tune Recording

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)

Sheet Music

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

Sheet Music


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 Vocalists

Tune #1 All of Me (Marks/Simons)
Sheet Music

Tune #2 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Jimmy McHugh)
Sheet Music

Tune #3 How Insensitive (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
Sheet Music

Important Information

Technical Requirements:

This is an online experience.

Students participating will need access to a computer or tablet with internet connectivity, and a webcam and microphone for the duration of their selected programming.

One or more of the following platforms may be used for this experience:

-Google Meet

-Google Classroom

-Zoom Webinar

NJPAC is not responsible for providing technology or individual technical support for this program. Our staff will make efforts to provide aid and instruction to reconnect the student with their instructor.

A Gmail account is needed to access Google Classroom and Google Meet. If the student does not have a Gmail account, no problem! It’s free to set one up, and our staff would be able to assist you if needed. This is required in order to participate.

We recommend using a google chrome browser for this experience.



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