Jazz Camp

From July 22
until July 28, 2024

Jazz Camp

Do you have a passion for jazz? Do you want high-quality lessons, a great atmosphere with lots of like-minded souls? There is no better experience than working and jamming intensely with musicians who live for jazz and improvisation.

Ironclad, varied and compelling lessons, dialogues, instrumental instruction at various levels, playing in ensembles, theory lessons, extra workshops, jams, teacher's concert and final student concert. From improvisational structures, over jazz standards to original compositions. Switch your level up a notch because such a week playing jazz and related styles of music can change your life! The philosophy of the camp is simple: we start from a teaching corps composed of amazing and inspiring jazz musicians/teachers, and to that we add eager music students in a non-competitive, all-inclusive program.

Also this summer:

Theory at the piano (aka piano for non-pianists)

Composition & Songwriting

JamZ.Bond jam sessions


Marjan Van Rompay


Tim Finoulst


Bram De Looze


Joseph Dumoulin


Bart Defoort

Tenor & Soprano Sax

Justin Binek


Toni Vitacolonna


Janos Bruneel

Double bass

Nicolas Thys

Double bass & bass guitar

Serge Lazarevitch

Saxophones :
Marjan Van Rompay
Guitar :
Tim Finoulst
Piano :
Bram De Looze
Piano :
Joseph Dumoulin
Tenor & Soprano Sax :
Bart Defoort
Vocalist :
Justin Binek
Drums :
Toni Vitacolonna
Double bass :
Janos Bruneel
Double bass & bass guitar :
Nicolas Thys
Guitar :
Serge Lazarevitch

Experienced teachers, usually two per instrument group, will coach you individually during group lessons. All are renowned musicians and teachers at universities in the United States, conservatories (including Paris, Perpignan, Antwerp, Leuven and Ghent) and jazz schools.

Daily schedule


08.30 – 09.00
09.00 – 10.30
10.30 – 11.00
11.00 – 12.30
12.30 – 13:00
13.00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15.30
15.30 – 16.00
16.00 – 18.00
18.00 – 19.00
19.00 – 20.00
20.00 – 21.00
21.00 – 22.30

19.00 – 24.00

instrument lessons/singing (from day 2)
instrument lessons/singing (from day 2)
break / theory at the piano (beginners)
instrument lesson/singing/master class
combo (from day 2, on day 1: instrument lessons/vocals)
supper and break
theory for more advanced students

JamZ.Bond jam session or free jamming

Instrument lessons/singing

During the instrument lessons, improvisation, technique, solos, accompaniment, theory, interpretation and repertoire will be discussed:

  • Do you want to become better at your instrument, go deeper or broader in what you can already do?
  • Do you waste too much time practising? Are you not getting the most out of it?
  • Do you want to optimise your practice? Get new exercises and tips?
  • Would you like to be taught by professionals from the first (inter-) national level?
  • Can overwriting solos really help?
  • Does a stunning instrument technique seem unattainable?

Towards the end of the week, master classes are sometimes organised.

Students should bring their own instruments and materials.
Pianists: keyboard/electric piano with amplification and headphones for individual study moments
Vocalists: microphone with "light" vocal system or with amplification
Wind players: instrument
Guitarists: guitar with amplification
Bass players: bass guitar with amplification
Double bass players: double bass with amplification
Drummers: drum kit, mat to protect the floor, sticks and brushes

In the combos, you are taught by the instrumental teachers (active stage musicians) and learn to work on form, style, arrangement, improvisation, composition and much more.

  • Would you like to play together more and get to know other musicians?
  • At different levels, from beginner to advanced?
  • Do you still experience many problems with improvisation during ensemble playing?
  • Do you want to play new pieces or standards?
  • Do you want to learn a new style?
  • Do you usually play classical music, but feel like jazz?

Each student will join a combo that consists of a rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass and drums) supplemented by a wind player and vocals. You will learn to use the techniques, which you were taught during the instrument lessons, immediately in practice.

There are about 12 combos, each led by one of the teachers. The combos are composed according to the level of the participants.

At the start of the instrument lessons, your level will be tested. It is therefore advisable to prepare a piece. Your level will help determine which instrument group or combo you will be assigned to.

You can best develop your talent by learning and making music in a group.

Theory at the piano - Piano for non-pianists olv Maarten Weyler

1 p.m.: group 1 (beginners)

13:30: group 2 (more advanced)

In this class series you will learn, with no prior knowledge and on the piano,

  • playing and making triads
  • playing a blues scheme
  • working with reversals
  • playing and creating major scales
  • playing and making four sounds
  • working with reversals for II - V - I
  • Playing standards such as Take the A-Train, Fly Me To the Moon and Mac the Knife
    • guide
    • improv
  • and more

This class series was first organized in 2019, but due to Corona commitments in recent years, it was no longer feasible. Not completely new, then...

Evening classes
In the evenings there are extra theory lessons:

Theory advanced (from 7 - 8 p.m.)

  • Can those analyses of chord progressions really help?
  • Want to know more about the history of jazz?
  • What is a blues scale, what does a dorian scale look like?
  • Have you always dreamed of studying at a conservatoire?
  • Need a preparation for the theoretical side of those studies?
  • You have heard about "altered dominants", but you don't know what that is?
  • Is a theory lesson always boring?


Composition/Songwriting (from 8 - 9 p.m.) for all interested parties

In this lesson series, we work on:

  • writing a blues theme
  • compositional techniques within the diatonic series
    • Verse: lyrics, melody and chords
    • with attention to prosody, note choice linked to the chord, rhythm and more
    • Chorus: text, melody and chords
  • the chords are expanded to include some non-diatonic chords
  • what do you want to emphasize in your text? what less?
  • horizontal arrangement or work on the form
    • Intro, Pre-Chorus, Bridge, Outro and more
  • vertical arrangement or working on the "translation" to a tape, a recording
  • applying and using software such as MuseScore, iRealPro, GarageBand
  • by the end of the week, you'll soon have written a blues and your own song (AABA, verse/chorus/bridge) and know how to make a demo


Introduction to jazz history (1 x during this week)

It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing! How do jazz musicians play together and improvise? Does Miles play bebop, New Orleans or modal?

From the origin of the style, over its evolution to the present day. Gradually the many genres and style periods are covered. Not a dry causation, but a fascinating story with music in it. With lots of listening and viewing examples but also 'played live' on piano. Whatever jazz style is involved.


All these lessons are accompanied by a syllabus with a summary of the subject matter and many additional course materials.

You can also register for evening classes only. Please note that places for these are limited.

Every evening of the week, several classrooms remain open until midnight. You can then play freely or under supervision jamming. In constantly changing line-ups, with fellow students or with teachers.

  • Do you want to jam until the late hours?
  • Under the guidance of teachers?
  • Together with teachers?
  • Would you like to play with participants of a different level or in a different musical style?
  • Do you want to try out a different instrument?


JamZ.Bond Jam Session (4 evening sessions)

9 - 10 p.m.: for beginners

Based on our experience with the JamZ.Bond platform, we organize an evening jam where you know in advance which songs will be played. Indeed, we choose for you the right standards or songs and accompany you during this jam. From making an intro together, playing the theme, performing solos with the right accompaniment to playing at the right tempo and ending with an outro. Think of it as a "guided jam.

Would you rather play more freely? No problem, in several classrooms you can go for this, even until shortly before midnight!

Thursday or Friday evening at 9 p.m. there is traditionally the teachers' concert. The course concludes with the final concert by some of the combos on Saturday evening. Family, friends and acquaintances are then welcome. This final concert, in Destelheide Hall De Put, begins promptly at 7:30 pm.

Making music is a learning process. Because not everyone can study modern playing styles at music studios or music schools, it is difficult to set a specific level. But we provide several teachers for each instrument subject, so that there is enough care for the different levels.
If you should still have doubts about your level, please feel free to contact: maarten.weyler@gmail.com.


Destelheide - Dworp

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Jazz course. What do you learn?

Besides a great atmosphere, you meet a lot of new people with the same passion for this music. At the same time, you get enough material to work with for a whole year (that's what all course members tell us!).

Skills you will acquire on this course include

Artistic expression skills

Knowing the skills to create and develop own musical ideas so that they can be used in one's own performance practice

Repertoire knowledge

Searching for new musical styles and being able to open them up to musical practice

Teamwork skills

Mastery of the skills of musical collaboration in and leadership of various formations, varying in size, level and style

Practice and rehearsal skills

Learning exercise and rehearsal skills that contribute to better self-study with attention to correct and healthy body posture by using the body as efficiently as possible, thus avoiding pain

Reading on sight

Knowing the skills to perform notated musical forms, scores and ideas and being able to read and perform a score by sight

Composing and arranging

Learning the basics of composing and editing/arranging music for varying line-ups and styles

Performing for an audience

Learning to perform in front of an audience and learning to deal with criticism after the performance


Being able to shape and create own music spontaneously

Music history

Know the basics of general music history and get acquainted with specialised historical style developments

Music Theory

Mastering the organisational patterns in music and being able to use them for composition, improvisation, arrangement and performance


Using various music software packages in everyday practice

Socio-cultural skills

Knowing communicative and social skills appropriate to the experience of music practice and being able to use them for

  • cooperation with others
  • cooperation with other communities
  • working on preparation and organisation in a team
  • cooperation with other individuals in a variety of cultural contexts
  • presentation/performance of work in an accessible way