All materials must be submitted electronically via email to: by April 30. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Each submission must include an electronic copy of:
Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA
College Letter of Acceptance
Financial aid letter from the college attending in fall
Official high school transcript
One letter of recommendation from a current music teacher
Contact information (name, telephone, email) for two personal references
A short essay (300 words) on the subject “How has jazz changed your life and how can you use it to make a positive contribution to your community?”
Proof of community service (for example, a letter from a supervisor or volunteer coordinator)

Applicants must also submit a link to a YouTube video performance of two of the selections listed below. Each video should be no longer than 3-4 minutes in duration. From the tune list below, applicants are required to play “Billie’s Bounce,” plus one additional tune from the selections. Students should play the melody followed by two improvised choruses on a standard or three on the blues, followed by the melody out. Learn about uploading the video at https://support.


Required: “Billie’s Bounce” (key: F)
Backing Track: Jamey Aebersold Volume 6 “All Bird”

Choose one additional tune from these selections:

“There Will Never Be Another You” (key: Eb)
Backing Track: Jamey Aebersold Volume 44 “Autumn Leaves”

“Lady Bird” (key: C)
Backing Track: Jamey Aebersold Volume 36 “Bebop and Beyond”

“All The Things You Are” (key: Ab)
Backing Track: Jamey Aebersold Volume 43 “Groovin’ High”


GPA of 2.5 or higher strongly preferred
Graduating senior in the State of New Jersey
Strong musical aptitude
Student will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at a college/university within the U.S.
Demonstrates financial need; must supply a FASFA
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD $5,000 + Professional Level Instrument
$5,000 (lump sum) award is paid directly to the awardee’s chosen college or university
Professional level Instrument, donated by R.S. Berkeley Musical Instruments
Non-renewable, one-time per student


Please contact Jazz House Kids at: or 973-744-2273.