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Junior Jazz Workshop - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do students need to learn specific repertoire before arriving to camp?

A: No, students will not need to learn any specific repertoire prior to arriving. All material for ensembles will be introduced to the students in the first day of each session.  


Q: What equipment will be provided?

A: JJW will provide drum sets, bass and guitar amps, pianos, and keyboards. Drummers will need to bring their own sticks. Cymbals will also be provided, but drummers can bring their own if they choose. Guitar players should bring their own patch cables. Upright basses will be available for ensembles and practice, students who bring their own bass can safely store them overnight in practice rooms.


Q: Do bassists play electric or upright, or both?

A: Students are welcome to play either. Upright basses will be available, however, if a student prefers to play eclectic bass they will need to bring their own instrument. There will be bass amps available.


Q: Will students need extra money during the week?

A: No. Students will not be allowed to leave campus between arrival at 9:00am and departure at 5:00pm daily. Students can bring their own lunch or purchase lunch in the cafeteria. Families can purchase a prepaid lunch plan for the full week ($100). Students will not be allowed to leave campus during lunch.


Q: Will there be a performance at the end of the week?

A: Yes, each weekly session will conclude with a performance on that Friday at 4:00pm.  


Q: Will the concerts be livestreamed?

A: Yes, this concert will be livestreamed to families only, it will not be a publicly available livestream.


Q: Do I need to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

A: No. As of May 15, 2023, Fordham University will no longer require members of the University community or visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.


Q: Is there WIFI on campus?

A: Yes.


Q: Can I have a guest visit me during the program?

A: Unfortunately, no. Guests are not allowed on campus during the program. Parents, friends, and family can attend the final concert at the end of each week.


Q: Will students be grouped by age?

A: We try to keep classes and ensembles close in age, but these placements are determined more by skill level than strictly age.


Q: Are vocalists allowed as participants?

A: The curriculum is designed for instrumental students. However, an instrumental student who is also a vocalist might have an opportunity to sing with one of the ensembles. All students must enroll primarily as an instrumentalist.


Q: What is the minimum level of skill for students to participate in JJW?

A: There is no minimum skill level requirement to enroll in JJW. The program is designed as a non-audition, non-competitive learning environment. It is suggested that students have played their instrument for a minimum of one year prior to attending JJW.  


Q: What is the age eligibility?

A: Students must be in or entering grades 6-8. A 5th grader in the summer before middle school is eligible, as well as an 8th grader in the summer before high school.


Q: What is the tuition, and are there sibling or multiple week discounts?

A: The tuition is $950. Yes, there are sibling discounts and discounts for multiple weeks. SEE LINK for various discount options.  


Q: What are the sibling and multi-week discounts?

A: A sibling automatically receives a $50 discount per week. Each additional week enrolled also receives a $50 discount per week. Sibling and multi-week discounts can be combined. EXAMPLE, two siblings staying for two weeks would cost $3,600 ($150 discount). However, if the balance is paid in full by May 1st there is an additional $50 reduced for each student for each week for an extra $100 reduction. The new total for two siblings staying two weeks is $3,500.   


Q: How are needs-based scholarships awarded?

A: If you are interested in applying for Financial Aid, you just need to submit a Financial Aid request form along with the first two pages of your most recent tax return. The Financial Aid form will be sent to everyone automatically after registration.  

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