Becoming a part of the IAJSD family is easy!  Register here then Sign-up for your placement audition. Placement auditions can be scheduled by calling the office at 619.977-7453.

IAJSD is open to both vocalists and instrumentalists who are current music students. We provide classes for youth who are 10-18 years old, as well as adults who are 18-85 years old. Rehearsals are held each Saturday* throughout the year online through ZOOM calls. Students usually have several performance opportunities throughout the year at local events and festivals but due to COVID-19 we have stopped these performances. Ensembles are led by top jazz performers and experienced educators, including Kamau Kenyatta and Tonga Ross Ma’U. IAJSD welcomes students of all levels!


Step Two – Schedule an Audition Review Call

All students who wish to join IAJSD for the second semester are required to send in a video recording audition.

  • The student will be assessed on:
    1) Sight reading: Instructors will supply music to read
    2) Jazz melody solo* and
    3) Improvisation* of your choosing
    *Please provide your backing tracks for the melody and improvisation on an MP3 or device of your choosing.

Thank you! We look forward to working (and playing jazz) with you!

2020-2021 Schedule

The first day of Summer semester is June 27th, 2020.

The last day of Summer semester is August 29th, 2020 for our youth classes and September 19th for our adult class.

The first day of Fall/Winter semester is September 5th, 2020.

The last day of Fall/Winter semester is December 19th, 2020.

The first day of Spring semester is January 9th, 2021.

The last day of Spring Semester is May 15th, 2021.

All dates subject to change.



PAY: Youth / Adult Tuition 2020-2021


Personalities Come Alive

“I’m so inspired by how the staff work with the kids and seeing them perform at the end of the semester just filled my heart with warmth and joy. Each student and their personalities coming alive with the music and the collaboration of the small ensembles is very cool!”

Laura Hendrickson


An Inspiring Program

“An inspiring program for middle and high school aged jazz performers. The instructors are top-notched, the performance opportunities are out of this world, tuition is reasonable. This program has changed my daughter's life.”

Amy Dyson


Letting my Sound Flow

“Kamau is like being at the beach, just laying in the warm sand. He made me not afraid of music. When I first started at the academy I was terrible at soloing. I was slow and unsure. I was doing classical music at the time and the only jazz musician I cared about was Bill Evans. Without Bill Evans I wouldn't have never even considered jazz. I always wanted to play what sounded like him. But since i was just starting jazz, I didn’t quite know what vibe i wanted to bring out to the air. I didn't know what I wanted to hear. But under kamaus tutelage, I began to let my sound flow through without worrying.”

Mattias Almassy


What a blessing!

Hi  Guy,  “Kamau had mentioned that IAJSD was going to continue the adult classes in the fall. I just wanted to confirm that, as this has just been so much fun and I can't imagine not continuing on.This organization has definitely been the “silver lining” in the Covid pandemic. I am so grateful for this opportunity. I had  bad experiences with a teacher when I was a little girl, which is the reason I have avoided lessons and formal training my entire life. As ridiculous as it sounds, this is the first time I have felt like I actually had some value as a musician, but unfortunately I have tons to to learn. But, also, as you said, Kamau is a great teacher – very patient and supportive, and I have learned so much. Again, I am so grateful that you took it upon yourself to start teaching adults, and also for your entire jazz program. What a blessing! Thanks.



"It was a wonderful night. Cole is always so quiet, so it makes my heart sing to see him up there so energized and having so much fun -Parent of student, 2017-2018"


"This evening’s event was fantastic! We just want to say how grateful we are that so many talented people support and nurture our kids. Thank you for making it all happen - Parent of a student, class of 2017-2018"

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