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Summer Music Camps

“Women In Jazz Retreat” 

 June 17-21 (off June 19), 9:30am-4pm

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday | 9:30am-4pm daily | (Ages 14-27)

Join Walker West for our first ever Women in Jazz Retreat, with Twin Cities Jazz Festival performers, Claudia Medina and Ivanna Cuesta! This is a week-long comprehensive experience for women, non-binary and trans musicians to hone their performing skills, connect with other like-minded players and receive mentoring and coaching from leading women jazz faculty. Culminating in a live performance at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival!

Open to intermediate to advanced jazz instrumentalists and vocalists ages 14-27, with prior jazz experience.

Tuition assistance available.

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“Grow Through Music” Summer Camp

July 8 – July 26, 2024

Monday – Friday | 8am – 12pm daily | (Grades K-6)

Our “Grow Through Music” camp offers a fun introduction to a variety of instruments for beginning students, and a way to reconnect with friends and instructors for returning students. Campers will learn in a supportive small group environment with a chance to perform during our end of camp presentation.

  • Classes include: Piano, Wind Instrument, African Drumming, Music Production and Songwriting

Tuition: $450 (Tuition includes breakfast and lunch) | Tuition Assistance available.

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Summer Jazz Intensive

July 29 – Aug 2, 2024

Monday – Friday | 10am – 4pm daily | (Grades 6-12)

The Summer Jazz Intensive program is a one week comprehensive experience for beginner to advanced youth musicians to hone their performing skills, take applied classes and interact with world-class jazz faculty at Walker|West.

  • Classes include: Ensemble, Private / Group Instrumental Lessons, Theory, Improvisation, Master Classes
  • Instruments: Piano, Drum Set, Sax, Trumpet, Violin, Trombone, Flute, Upright or Electric Bass, Electric Guitar

Tuition $525 (Tuition includes lunch) | Tuition Assistance available.

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Summer Jazz Violin Workshop

August 5 – 9, 2024

Monday – Friday | 9am – 12pm daily | (Grades 5-12)

5-Day Intensive (For intermediate violin students)

This 5-day workshop is for violin (only) students looking to branch out from traditional classical violin or who desire to take their improvisation to the next level. Participants will perform in a jam session with professional jazz musicians at the end of the camp to reinforce everything that was learned.


  • Instrument (Violin, bow, and other necessary accessories)
  • Scales; C Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, F Major, Bb Major through 2 octaves and A Minor, E Minor, B Minor, D Minor, and G Minor through 1 octave
  • Suzuki Books IV & V

Topics covered: 

  • Jazz Violin History
  • Jazz Scales
  • Rhythmic Concepts
  • Chord Progressions
  • Improvisation Fundamentals
  • Listening
  • Transcription
  • Bow Technique
  • Jazz Harmony
  • Collaborative Playing

Tuition $345 | Tuition Assistance available.

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