Classes 2020-21

Widely know as one of the most prestigious jazz education programs on the west coast, YLJC has small ensembles for every skill level as well as a big band.

Spring 2021 – Registration Now Open!

We are now accepting placement audition videos for the Spring 2021 semester. Classes will begin on January 9, 2021.  ALL NEW STUDENTS are required to submit an audition video. Audition videos are due Sunday December 20, 2020.
See Enrollment Instructions Here 

For up-to-date information about YLJC classes during COVID-19 Click Here

Who Can Enroll?

We accept middle- and high-school music students who are able to play all 12 major scales. Vocalists and instrumentalists are encouraged to enroll.  

What’s Included?

Students are placed in small combos of seven or eight students and rehearse weekly. Every conservatory student will have an opportunity to play in at least one Wednesday-evening concert feature in The Young Lions Series at Panama 66 and at our All-Ensembles Recitals. In addition, some conservatory combos will have the opportunity to perform at Jazz @ the Jacobs, Adams Avenue Street Fair, KSDS Jazz Live Series, and festivals throughout the state.

2020-21 Schedule at a Glance:

  • August 29, 2020: FIRST WEEK OF CLASS
  • September 5 – 11, 2020: NO CLASSES (Labor Day)
  • November 21 - 25, 2020: OPEN HOUSE
  • November 28, 2020 - December 4, 2020: NO CLASSES (Thanksgiving)
  • December 19, 2020: ALL ENSEMBLE RECITAL - Online
  • December 20, 2020: Audition Videos Due For Spring Classes (New Students)
  • December 26, 2020 – January 8, 2021: NO CLASSES (Winter Break)
  • January 9, 2021: Spring Session Begins
  • February 13 – 19, 2021: NO CLASSES (Presidents' Day)
  • April 3 - April 9, 2021: NO CLASSES (Spring Break)
  • May 15 – May 21, 2021: OPEN HOUSE
  • May 29 – June 4, 2021: NO CLASSES (Memorial Day)
  • June 5 - June 11, 2021: LAST WEEK OF CLASSES
  • June 12, 2021 – ALL ENSEMBLE RECITAL



The board made the important decision to hold classes ONLINE for two weeks AFTER Thanksgiving break. With the surge in COVID cases county wide and the risk of exposure over the Thanksgiving holiday we feel that this is the safest approach.

We will re-evaluate during Winter Break to determine which format we will move to in January, 2021. Please expect a decision before January 1st.

Students and families can follow and view our class calendar for up-to-date changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Is Tuition?

Tuition may be paid in full, by semester, or monthly.

  • $950 for the full season
  • $500 per semester, due August and January.
  • 10 monthly payments of $105 due at the end of each month.

Siblings receive a 50 percent discount.

There are no registration or material fees.

Do You Offer Scholarships?

Yes, we believe no child should miss out on the opportunity and enrichment that music education provides. To be considered for a scholarship, families should submit a scholarship application prior to the deadline.   Click Here for more details.

How Many Students In A Class?

Ensembles have an average of seven students each.

What's The Class Schedule?

Classes meet once a week for 90 minutes. The majority of classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Some classes may be held in the evenings during the week. Class schedules are not set until after the audition process.

What Is The Placement Process?

Placement is administered by faculty, and each student's audition is carefully reviewed. Students are placed in ensembles based on their ability demonstrated in the audition video.

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate requests to be placed in a particular ensemble. The best way to get placed in higher-level ensembles is to practice!

How Many Classes Can I Miss?

In order to maintain the cohesiveness of each ensemble, and to be eligible to participate in external performance opportunities, students must not have more than two unexcused absences during the season. An absence is “excused” only as expressly determined by ensemble instructors. 

If a last-minute emergency arises, students should notify their ensemble leader at the earliest possible opportunity. All other excused absences should be presented to ensemble leaders at least one week ahead of time for approval. Examples of excused absences include: college preparatory testing, funeral, family emergency, and illness.

Can I Join Mid Year?

Yes, mid-year auditions are held every December for the upcoming spring semester. Keep an eye on the website for dates or email us at info@yljc.org, and we'll notify you when placement auditions are announced.

Do I Have To Know How To Read Music?

Yes, YLJC has minimum requirements for the audition process, and reading music is a necessary component. Please view our audition requirements to learn more.  

Do You Offer Big Band?

Yes, we have a big band! Members are hand picked by our Artistic Director, Gilbert Castellanos.  If you are chosen to participate there is no additional tuition fee.

Do You Teach Different Types Of Jazz?

Yes, our curriculum represents many styles of music including traditional jazz standards from the American songbook, Afro Cuban, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, Samba Music, Funk Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Bebop, Postmodern Bebop, and Modern Jazz just to name a few. Students are also encouraged to write music for their ensembles.