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Small Group Program

Fall • Winter • Spring

CCJA Small Group Program

CCJA's signature program - the Small Group Program - groups students ages 11-18 from all over the metro area into small (7-9 piece) jazz ensembles, directed by professional musician mentors. These mentors are all accomplished professional musicians, most of whom also teach at the collegiate level and they have a wealth of experience to share with students! Learn more about our faculty here.


These ensembles meet in three 10-week sessions through out the school year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) in the format of weekly rehearsals where CCJA students and faculty play and perform together as they study jazz improvisation, technique, style, theory, and history. Students are encouraged to express themselves improvisationaly and through composing/arranging for their groups. At the end of each session, CCJA students perform for the public, often at noted area jazz venues.


Over the past twenty years, the program has attracted incredible young players who have become integral musicians in their respective school groups, members of the Colorado All-State Jazz Band, and recipients of impressive scholarships to major collegiate music programs across the country. Students in CCJA connect with other like-minded players in the area while honing their craft, making music, and having fun.

2021-2022 School Year

CCJA plans to return to the 10-week format for our Small Group Program beginning in Fall 2021, with locations in Denver, Boulder County, and more! 

Fall 2021's session will start up the week of August 23. Registration and more details will be available soon! To stay up to date and be the first to know when registration is live, please sign up for our email list. We look forward to making music with you next school year!