A 5-day training program for young people who want to improve their skills in pop and jazz music. It addresses two levels: Organized by the Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz in close cooperation with the Jazz Campus Mainz the Summer school program is aimed to those who already know how to play their instruments, but are beginners in the field of improvisation and ensemble playing - but also those who are advanced improvisors interested in preparing an entrance exam for Schools/Colleges of Music. Accordingly, most of the modules are designed in two selectable difficulty levels. The program aims at musicians from Rhineland-Palatinate and beyond. It is open to 32 participants and takes place every year in summer.

compact 5-day course program including the following modules  


 - Instrumental lessons in masterclass format (10 hrs in total),   

  - Combo coaching either in Basic or Advanced Level (8 hrs in total)   

  - Input in different jazz theory subjects either in the Basic or Advanced Level (8 hrs in total).   

  - Input in practice and improvisation concepts (2 hrs in total)

  - Mindset Training  (2 hrs in total) 


The lecturers are all renowned musicians from the university environment. The participants meet with various professionals who are also happy to answer questions about studying music or talk about aspects of professional life as a musician.   

In addition to the courses, there is the possibility for evening jam sessions with the other students of both workshop levels and musicians from the Mainz scene.  

An optional „entrance exam simulation“ for all those who are considering studying music completes the offer.

Young musicians from Rhineland-Palatinate and beyond who play piano, bassguitardrumssaxophonetrumpet or trombone or have chosen vocals as their instrument are addressed. 

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 40 people (max. 5-6 participants per instrument). In addition to the "Summer School" as a central program for the promotion of young talentfurther multiplier programs such as teacher training for jazz teaching, etc., are planned in the longer term. 

28.08.2023 - 01.09.2023

Registration till August the 14th 2023

Date: 28.08.2023 - 01.09.2023 (Monday - Friday, arrival best already on 27.08.2023) 

Registration until 14.08.2023 - the place will be allocated after receipt of the registrations. 

Location: School of Music at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; Jakob-Welder-Weg 28, 55128 Mainz 

Organisation: Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz in close cooperation with the Jazz Campus Mainz

Prerequisite for participation: for participants between 13-23 years and at least three years of playing practice (safe mastery of the instrument, basic experience in interaction with others e.B. in a school band or student band). Experience in playing Jazz is not necessary.

Participation fee: 180.00 € (without accommodation and meals), 

Reduction in the form of partial or full-time scholarships is possible - after consultation - please contact 

How to get there: The university is located directly at a bus and tram stop (Friedrich von Pfeiffer-Weg) and can be easily reached in 10 minutes from Mainz Central Station with tram lines 51, 53, 59 or bus lines 54, 55, 56, 75, 650. 

Corona: We always comply with the Corona guidelines of the federal government and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. If the workshop is not possible in the planned form at the planned time, we will contact all registered participants to discuss alternative options.

Masterclass and Ensemblecoaching:

Lecturers of the School for Music at JGU Mainz