JAM CAMP WEST PHILOSOPHY
Living Jazz is committed to Transforming Lives Through Music. In order to achieve this goal, we remain intentional about designing programs based on clear and defined perspectives and philosophies.
We believe that high quality music education should be accessible to all people regardless of skill level or financial capacity. We also believe that music is a vehicle for overcoming differences, and is a natural bridge to promoting respect and appreciation for diverse cultural traditions. We have seen first hand how children and youth from diverse backgrounds can come together and share in a deeply impactful joyous and creative experience based on mutual respect and generosity.
Jam Camp West promotes awareness of the beautiful redwood environment at Redwood Glen and is designed for any skill level. The program is guaranteed to inspire great music and dance, friendships and life long memories. We have designed a curriculum that is challenging for campers with extensive previous training, as well as campers that have never taken music or dance classes before. Whether a camper is at a beginning or advanced level, our goal is to inspire and provide an atmosphere of support and encouragement so that all campers will leave feeling proud of their achievements and have an incentive to succeed.
Living Jazz believes that in order to attract teens with or without prior training, we must offer curriculum that reaches a diverse array of campers and incorporates contemporary sounds and rhythms. Offering classes with music and dance that youth can relate to, students are able to explore their own interests and follow their passion. This generates excitement and enthusiasm, which feeds the supportive and fun environment at camp and inspires campers to try new things and take risks.
All classes at Jam Camp are taught completely by ear and are accessible to participants whether or not they have had any previous formal training. Jam Camp is geared towards the process, not the outcome. Campers experience a supportive environment where they can try new things, gain inspiration to further their creative endeavors, and find access to mentors and teachers.
Jam Camp also offers a mentor program consisting of counselors and CIT’s who have a passion for music, desire to serve as inspiring mentors for our campers, and an interest in becoming a responsible and integral part of the Jam Camp experience.
The camp is held in the exquisite redwood forests of Loma Mar, California, 1 1/2 hours from the Bay Area. Music making and classes take place under the trees, and the wonder of the natural world is integrated into the program through nature hikes and other meaningful outdoor activities.
In this magnificent setting, we hope to provide a truly inspirational experience while building self-reliance, teamwork, a sense of social responsibility, and community with a potentially life-changing opportunity to reconnect with the natural world. Most importantly, we hope to share a joyful week with our growing Jam Camp West family.
We look forward to sharing this very special adventure with you!
JAM CAMP WEST HISTORY
Living Jazz was created in 1984 to originally ensure the survival of Jazz Camp West, now a world renowned jazz immersion program for adults and older teens in music, vocals and dance held in a majestic natural setting far from city lights. Since then, an inspirational and thriving community of musicians from all skill levels and backgrounds has grown out of this unique and profoundly creative performing arts experience.
Since 1984, the enrollment at Jazz Camp West has quadrupled, with an expanding population of teens and adults from throughout the United States and around the world. With this expansion, we received countless requests for a similar program for younger students. With the encouragement of our supporters, we could not have imagined a better way to further our mission of providing inspirational creative programs that leave a lasting mark on its participants than launching a youth program based on many of the same components as its adult counterpart. Jam Camp West was launched in 2007, and has nearly doubled its enrollment since that time.
Living Jazz is an Oakland based non-profit corporation. Living Jazz has produced Jazz Camp West since 1984, created the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in 1986 and the Oakland Jazz Choir in 1992 (both now independent organizations), RhythmVoice in 1996; Jazz Camp Weekend in 1998; “In the Name of Love”, the Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. in 2002; the Living Jazz Children’s Project (LJCP) in 2005, Jam Camp West in 2007; and Jazz Search West, the Bay Area’s Jazz Talent Search in 2010.