FAQs

How much do classes cost?
NJW classes are affordable. Each class is $250.00 for a six week session. A $100.00 advance deposit is required to hold your place in a class. Your deposit is fully refundable if you cancel by 5pm on Friday prior the first week of classes. Full payment is required on or before the first night of class unless prior arrangements have been made with the Executive Director. There are discounts for enrollment in 2 or more classes and for spouses/family.

How long are the sessions?
Each term is 6 weeks long and all classes meet for 2 hours once a week. Classes are week nights, with afternoon classes on a limited basis.

Do the students get to perform?
Performance before an audience is an important part of Jazz education. The ensembles and vocal classes perform in our Jazz Cave performance space at the end of either six or twelve weeks of class.

Do you have classes for advanced students?
Yes. Some of our ensembles are for advanced players. We also gear some of our improv and vocal classes towards the working musician.

Are there pre-requisites for classes?
Yes and No. Jazz is not a beginning subject, so when it comes to classes such as performing enesembles, theory and improvisation, there is a basic proficiency that is required. However, some classes, such as history, styles and analysis, are available for the non-musician. They are listening and discussion based classes, so no prior proficiency is required.

Does the Workshop provide private lessons?
We can refer you for private lessons in improv, transcription, theory, ear training, etc. and have many top local professionals available for private lessons on piano, bass, guitar, drums, woodwinds and brass.

Does the Workshop provide financial help?
The Workshop is often able to offer scholarship assistance through foundation support. Work-study programs and payment plans are also available. The Charles Dungey Memorial Scholarship is available for bassists and vocalists. General scholarships may also be available at times through foundation or other support. Click here to download scholarship information.