Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass Policies and Procedures 

Dear Artists and Families/Caregivers,
Welcome to NJPACs Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass Program! Please review the following important information before you join us so we can make this a safe and enjoyable experience! Download handbook 

Please fill out this important questionnaire regarding housing and meal needs to make your experience more enjoyable! Milt Hinton Institute Questionnaire

Program Details



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  • Check-in time for the program is between 2:00 and 5:00pm on Sunday, July 14 at the campus residence, Russ Hall, at Montclair State University. 
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  • If arriving by plane, we recommend that flights arrive at Newark International Airport no later than 2PM on Sunday. 
  • When you arrive, please check in with one of the residence life staff and give them your name and you will receive a room key. 
  • Parents/Caregivers are welcome to check-out their students at Russ Hall after the concert on Saturday, July 20th. If students need to stay in the dormitory until Sunday, July 21st, checkout will be between 8:00 and 10:00am.

  • Drop off will take place at the front entrance of the John J. Cali School on College Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043.
  • Students will check in and out with our staff when they arrive in the building.
  • Pick up will be at the same location except for Wednesday, July 17 and Saturday, July 20. Pick up on those days will be at Memorial Auditorium (1 E Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043)

  • If you know ahead of time that your Artist will be absent or will be leaving early on a particular day, please email Dan Silverstein at 
  • If you need to call out the day of, please call or text 973-353-7563. You can also reach this number in the event of an emergency.

Policies and Procedures

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  • Students will be staying at Russ Hall located right near the Cali School (click here for more info) 
  • Residence Assistants will be on each floor and will be available for student needs. Their job duties permit them to enter any student’s room without notice if reasonable cause suggests that regulations are being violated or that an emergency condition exists.
  • Unless authorized by NJPAC program staff, students are not permitted to have guests unaffiliated with the Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass in their personal rooms at any time.
  • Each resident will receive a linen packet that includes a fitted & top sheet, pillow case, pillow, bath towel, hand towel, and a washcloth. 
  • Residents will need to bring bathroom amenities (shampoo, soap, toothbrush etc) 

  • Artists should wear comfortable and appropriate clothing and sneakers as they will be walking around campus. 
  • If an artist is not wearing appropriate attire, a phone call will be made to the parent/caregiver and they will not be able to participate until appropriate attire is provided.
  • For student recitals on Monday and Tuesday and for attending the evening concert on Wednesday, July 17th, please wear performance attire. 
  • We will be giving students special t-shirts for the concert on Saturday, July 20th but please wear performance attire for the rest of your outfit.

  • Students are welcome to bring both their upright and electric bases with them. If you do bring your upright bass, there will be a bit of walking on certain days so we recommend bringing a wheel as well. Please also remember to bring your pick up and any chords you’ll need. 
  • If you intend on flying to the program or have no way to transport your bass to the camp, we will also be renting upright basses for use the whole week (no extra cost to you!)

  • As part of the tuition, students will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner during their stay here.
  • If students have any dietary requirements, please make sure to notate that in the Milt Hinton Institute Questionnaire

  • We use a communication platform called One Call to send reminders and notifications about our classes and absences.
  • If you do not receive any notification by the first day, please contact Dan Silverstein with your artist’s name and your preferred contact information.
  • Safety is the primary concern for NJPAC and the ability of parents and guardians to communicate with their children in an emergency situation is essential. As such, students are allowed to bring cell phones into the class sessions under the condition that the cell phones remain off (not on a silent ring or “vibrate” setting) at all times during the day, on the premises, or during program functions.  After class sessions or during breaks, the student may use and check their cell phone but must turn the phone off before beginning any program activities.
  • In the event that a student is unable to attend the program due to illness, please call/text 973-353-7563. Students commuting, please call no later than 9:00 AM on the day that the student will be absent.  In the event that a student is tardy to class at the scheduled time, please notify a staff member as soon as possible.

  • If your students need any special accommodation or a special need you would like us to be aware of, please make sure to note that in the Milt Hinton Institute Questionnaire This information enables us to better meet the needs of your child within available resources.

  • Tuition must be paid in full or a payment plan must be in place prior to the first session.
  • If a student withdraws prior to the start of the first session, a full refund will be issued.
  • If a student withdraws after attending the second session, a 50% refund will be issued.
  • If a student withdraws after attending three sessions, all tuition payments are non-refundable.
  • *Important* If a student is absent for the first two sessions without any communication or advance notification, they will be automatically withdrawn from the program and the full tuition payment will be forfeited.