Jazz & Strings in New York

JazzJazz in New York

Offered by the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, the Jazz in New York unit is situated at New York University (NYU) in Greenwich Village – NY.  The unit includes cutting-edge jazz education with master classes and workshops by the finest jazz musicians in New York City (who in previous years) included: Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Wayne Krantz, Dave Douglas, John Schofield, Jean-Michel Pilc and Dave Schroeder. The two-week workshop offers a course covering a wide range of subjects and a diverse ensemble program tailored to the needs of intermediate to advanced students. The unit also offers performance (concerts), recording opportunities and attendance at concerts.

Along with the world-renowned jazz studies faculty, the workshops will include daily interaction with other jazz students/musicians from around the world, making it a unique opportunity that could only be offered in New York City – the mecca for jazz.

Strings in New York

Offered by the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, the Strings in New York unit will take place at New York University (NYU).   This three-week unit will give you the skills you need to forge ahead with confidence! Under the guidance of NYU string faculty members, many of whom have won major competitions and orchestral auditions, you will spend your days putting together the elements needed for a successful audition. Faculty will assist you in preparing solo Bach, concerti, showpieces and etudes. You will learn sports psychology techniques to help deal with performance anxiety such as centering, mental practice and the perfect formula for audition preparation. Alexander Technique session to correct posture and teach bodily self-awareness will also be available. Participants who struggle with persistent bad habits have the opportunity to learn a ground-breaking method of overcoming them in as little as an hour.

The unit with be led by NYU Artist faculty including Cyrus BeroukhimStephanie ChaseGregory FulkersonKikuei IkedaAnton MillerNaoko Tanaka, violin, Stephanie BaerShmuel KatzKaren Ritscher, viola, Marion FeldmanEileen MoonEdward Arron, cello, Edward Malave, Alexander Technique and Justin Hines, improvisation.

The Strings component may include:

  • Two private lessons per week
  • One hour of daily chamber music rehearsal or coaching
  • One hour classes held each afternoon on a series of topics ranging from building confidence through audition strategies to developing one’s musical voice through improvisation and freedom of expression
  • Five hours of daily practice time
  • Performance opportunities at bi-weekly student performances, master classes and chamber music recitals
  • Evening and weekend activities that may include NY Philharmonic concerts, sightseeing in New York City and visits to museums


Dates: 7 – 25 July (arrive from 2.00pm on 6th, depart 26th)

Cost: $4500 (this includes the application fee of $500)

  • $500 to be paid at time of application, no later than 5pm Monday 14 April
  • $2000 to be paid by Monday 2 June
  • $2000 to be paid by Tuesday 1 July

Inclusions: accommodation, practice facilities, recording (may be for Jazz only), attendance at selected concerts, some meals (two meals per day/five days per week plus food vouchers for weekend)

Note: If students choose to withdraw from the program, they will receive a refund of the application fee up until 39 days prior to program commencement, after which time no refund will be granted for any program payments.

Eligibility: Selection of students will be based on:

  • the make-up of ensembles, i.e. bass, drums, guitar, etc, (Jazz only)
  • academic record (minimum credit (60%) average across degree and minimum credit for Chief Music Studies CMS – if applicable)
  • interview and audition if required
  • be 18 years of age or over at the time of departure from Australia
  • Have an active enrolment in a Monash undergraduate degree and have completed 24 credit points (48 if applying for an OS-Help loan)
  • Have met any pre-requisites required for the unit of study

How to apply:

  • register an expression of interest with SZCSOM
  • attend the information session in SZCSOM on 19 March at 4.00pm
  • attend audition and interview if required
  • if approved, complete application process
  • attend pre-departure session (date TBC)

 Application Process:

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements
  2. Make a course advice appointment with your home faculty to ensure you have space in your degree to complete the overseas program (make appointments online via your my.monash portal)
  3. Complete the application form
  4. Pay the program application fee via e-cart . Provide a copy of your receipt with your application
  5. Provide a copy of a bank statement (for purposes of depositing the travel abroad scholarship into your account)
  6. Include a copy of your passport (the page with photo & details)
  7. Submit your completed application to Arts Student Services, or directly to the ISP Coordinator

NB. Students who require an OS-Help loan should complete the application form, and submit together with the ISP Jazz in New York application form