School of JAZZ@NSA

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School of JAZZ@NSA

Online and In-Person Experience for Fall 2020
Tuesdays and Wednesdays Oct. 6 – Nov. 18
6 Sessions each day (details below)
Tuition: $250
Audition Required (for placement, not acceptance; see below)

“Between Sets”

Live Stream Listening Party hosted by Julian Tanaka & Carlos Mata-Alvarez

Wednesdays’ from 7 – 8 pm
Sept. 2- Dec. 16
Free for the Community

1 hour livestream featuring one local innovative guest artist each week

Jazz History

Online instruction via Zoom
Tuesdays 3 – 4 pm
Oct. 6 – Nov. 17
6 sessions

Will be recorded for viewing on your own time

Combo Instruction

In-Person at NSA
Wednesdays 3 – 5 pm
Oct. 7 – Nov. 18
6 sessions

Instruction will take place in the Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium

INCENTIVES for our Enrolled Student body

Each enrolled student will earn credits towards Summer Jazz Intensive (SJI) 2021. Should an enrolled student show up consistently to every combo and history course offering, SJI 2021 is on the house. Attendance is mandatory and School of JAZZ@NSA faculty will keep strict records. If an enrolled student does not attend all of the course offerings, we will determine how many credits are earned (monetary discount) toward SJI 2021, based upon their attendance.

Teaching Life Through Music

School of JAZZ@NSA is unique in its identity because we ‘Teach Life Through Music.’ We want to build great musicians but most of all; we strive to build people of great character. By promoting the connection between hearts, minds and cultural diversity, School of JAZZ@NSA carries out our community-based initiative, actively engaging like-minded jazz students of all ages in our exciting, interdisciplinary, small group combo educational program.

School of JAZZ@NSA strives to excite, inspire, and educate through hands on, performance based, jazz improvisational techniques and history courses. This curriculum is designed to develop the serious future professional jazz musician as well as the budding amateur. In keeping with the rich tradition of Jazz, our mentorship displays the highest integrity and musical standards this music has historically shown. Jazz is, and has always been, about the amalgamation of our diverse spirits and souls and here at School of JAZZ@NSA, everyone is welcome.

In unity and celebration, School of JAZZ@NSA continues to enrich lives, develop future community leaders with artistic sensitivity and contribute to the fabric of jazz education here in Las Vegas. Our commitment is the protection what we hold dear; the well being and growth of our beloved students and most of all, our community as a whole, through which we achieve our mission of “Teaching Life Through Music.

Fall 2020 Auditions

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Auditions must be submitted via online form below by
September 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm
October 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Audition material:
Audition Requirements
Audition Blues Lead Sheets (In C)
Audition Standards Lead Sheets (In C)

Video or Audio Record the required audition material below. Upload the video or audio to YouTube (or similar site) and include the link in your audition form.

A limited number of scholarships are available. This will be an enriching, rewarding and potentially life-changing experience for all who participate.

COVID-19 Precautions for Group Classes and Ensembles

  • If a parent, student, or faculty member is not feeling well, please DO NOT enter NSA
  • Masks are required for all that enter NSA buildings
  • Hands must be sanitized before touching any door handles
  • Social distancing will be observed: Large Ensembles will be in the Auditorium, smaller groups (ex. Quartets) will be in the rehearsal rooms and recital room
  • Faculty will disinfect surfaces before and after each student
  • Certain group classes may have online options

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School of Jazz @ NSA Faculty

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Justin DiCioccio

Artistic Advisor
Adam Schroeder

Adam Schroeder


Larry Aberman

Assistant Director

Uli Geissendoerfer


Julian Tanaka

Jorge Machain

Jorge Machain