Private Lessons

How long are private lessons?
-The rates listed for private lessons are for 1-hour. In many cases, lessons can be requested for 1.5 or 2 hours for an additional cost.

Where can I take lessons?
-Lessons can be taken at the teacher’s home/studio or at the NYJW Studios near Times Square for an additional $16 (to cover the studio rental fee). Unless noted otherwise, most teachers do not travel to the students’ homes.

Do I have to commit to a certain number of lessons?
-No. Lessons can be scheduled one-at-a-time and can be discontinued at any time. They can be taken as frequently as you and the teacher see fit.

How do I schedule private lessons?
-When students are interested in taking private lessons with one of the teachers on our faculty, we generally put them in contact with the teacher of their choice directly so that all the scheduling can be arranged. This way you can work out a time that best fits your respective schedules and availability.

How are lessons billed?
-Once a lesson is scheduled, we will send an electronic invoice that should be paid no later than 48 hours in advance. Invoices can be paid online or by mail but we cannot accept payment in person.

What if I have to cancel/reschedule a lesson?
-Rescheduling a lesson needs to be requested by the student no less than 24 hours prior to the lesson. Please re-schedule the lessons with your teacher via phone or email and copy the school, [email protected], on your request. This is to give the teacher enough time to book another student and/or change the studio reservation. If you fail to re-schedule your lesson in time and/or do not show up for a scheduled lesson, you will be responsible for the cost of the lesson and the studio fee (if applicable).

Weekly Workshops

How can I find out if a workshop is right for me?
-We can schedule a commitment-free trial class of a workshop you’re interested in. This will give you the opportunity to get a feel for the workshop and give the instructor a chance to assess your level. You will be asked to participate in some or all of the class activities. In some cases, we can send the class repertoire ahead of time.

How many trial classes can I take?
-You are eligible to take one $15 trial class for any individual workshop.

How are workshops billed?
-At the start of every 4 sessions, we will send an electronic invoice that should be paid no later than 48 hours in advance. Invoices can be paid online or by mail but we cannot accept payment in person.

What if I need to miss a session?
-Due to our fixed rental and teacher costs, as well as what’s best for academic results, students are allowed to miss a maximum of one class every two four-week billing cycle without being charged. Classes missed in addition to the allotted quantity, will be lost. Long term students can ask to be placed on hold for personal reasons such as vacations, work, family, etc. for up to three weeks without losing their spot.

What/When are the workshop recitals?
-Twice a year (typically during weekends in June and December) there are workshop recitals at prominent NYC jazz clubs for workshops to perform the repertoire they’ve been working on throughout the year. Specific dates and times of performances are announced in the months leading up to these recitals.

 Trimester Classes

When do trimester classes take place?
-These classes occur in 10-week blocks three times a year typically in Fall, Winter, and Spring.

How do I know what level class is right for me?
-We recommend that participants begin at level 1 for classes such as Ear Training and Notational Fluency. However, we can make exceptions for participants with previous experience in the subject matter. If unclear, we can put you in touch with the teacher and they can help determine which level is most suitable.

Can I purchase fewer sessions than are in the package?
-Trimester classes are a weekly series available only as a complete package designed for the participant to experience from beginning to end. Exceptions can sometimes be made for International or Visiting Jazz Studies participants.


If you’d like any clarifications or have any other questions or concerns, you can reach us at:

phone: 646-205-2800 email: [email protected]