Jazz Improvisation

Jazz Improvisation

Are you tired of watching other students in your jazz band take all of the solos? Are you afraid to take a solo because you don't know how to improvise? These camps are designed to help any middle or high school musician learn how to improvise in a jazz setting. Students must have a minimum of 2 years of musical training, be familiar with the basics of their instrument, and be able to read music. Students at every level will learn how to improve their jazz improvisation!

Students can:

  • Learn the basics of jazz improvisation and be better prepared to perform jazz solos in school or in public.
  • Create more artistic improvisations over the standard 12 bar blues and 32 bar standard tunes.
  • Appreciate jazz improvisation by viewing and listening to the solos of historic jazz legends and learning about the history of jazz.

Camp Details

July 16-20, 2018

Mon- Fri, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Grade Level: Entering Grades 8-12

Camp Fee and Registration

Early Registration before midnight April 11, 2018 – Fee:  $315

Registration after April 11, 2018 – Fee:  $325

Click here to register:  REGISTER


Robin Haffley

Robin is a music educator and performer.  He is currently a faculty member at Penn State Abington where he teaches Evolution of Jazz and Jazz Ensemble.  He is an alumnus of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (now University of the Arts) and Penn State University.  In addition to teaching at Penn State Abington, he currently serves as a music educator at LaSalle University and Montgomery County Community College. In 1998, he was the recipient of the Von Allmen award for teaching excellence at LaSalle University. As a professional woodwind doubler, Robin’s training in classical music and jazz allow him the flexibility to perform in a number of ensembles ranging from jazz trios to big bands, classical duos to symphony orchestras, or show bands to theater orchestras.