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Spartan Youth Jazz

MSU Spartan Teen Jazz is a program that provides high-quality music education outside of the normal school day to youths in middle and high school. Classes focus on jazz improvisation combo playing and big band playing. Visit the Spartan Youth Jazz website!

June 27-29, July 15, 5:45-8:45 p.m. daily

Performances -- June 30 and July 17

Tuition -- $50


Led by Detroit jazz artist and educator Sean Dobbins, the MSU Spartan Youth Jazz Boot Camp is open to students ages 14 to 19. Accepted students will learn through a combination of sectionals, technique classes, improvisation and ensemble playing. Additionally, students will develop skills in team building and leadership. This summer program is designed for advanced student players who are preparing for a career as a collegiate or professional musician and is open to young musicians on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums, but other instruments are welcome.


To download the application click here.            

Spartan Youth Jazz
Wednesdays, 5:45-8:45PM

Tuition is $150 for a 15-week semester or $250 for a year (fall & spring semesters). The Spartan Youth Jazz program is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters only; September through mid-May.


Sean Dobbins


Spartan Youth Jazz is led by sought-after Detroit jazz artist and educator Sean Dobbins.  He serves as Program Director, drum coach and big band director. Read more.



Steve Woods

Jazz saxophonist Steve Wood has been performing and teaching in the Detroit area for more than thirty years. Read more. Website


Rayse Biggs

Trumpet coach and octet director Rayse Biggs has performed and/or recorded with awarding winning musicians has received local and national acclaim
for his contribution to music, specifically to jazz.


Tony Buccilli

Trombone coach Tony Buccilli has extensive performing and recording experience including appearances on the Conan O'Brien Show, Hang Time, Bull, the Miss USA Pageant, and the motion picture Three to Tango.
Read more.



Corey Allen

Guitar coach Corey Allen is an active performer and educator throughout southeastern and central Michigan. He has performed with musicians including Randy Geliespie, Perry Hughes and Rodney Whitaker. Read more.

Scott Gwinnell

Piano coach and octet director Scott Gwinnell is an award-winning pianist, composer/arranger and educator. He has 20 professional recordings as a sideman and has recorded four of his own, including, Cass Corridor Story (2012), released by Detroit Music Factory, a part of the world-famous Mack Ave. jazz label. Read more.


Marion Hayden

Bass coach and octet director Marion Hayden is one of very few female jazz bassists. She has performed or recorded with such jazz veterans as Kirk Lightsey, Ralph Peterson Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, Steve Turre and
Cecil Bridgegwater. Read more.

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The MSU Spartan Teen Jazz program is generously funded by the
Erb Family Foundation.


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