Music Training & Jazz Exploration

This course will not be offered in Summer 2019. Visit our course schedule for a list of courses available

At a Glance:

Course Prerequisites: Participation in school band program from middle school through to the present

Session Offered:

  • None

Location: UConn Storrs Campus

Studio Fee: $40.00

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Are you a musician? Then you've found an amazing summer music program for high school students focused on building competencies and refining skills related to music performance, music theory, and cultivation of your abilities. Prolific professional musical instruction of this nature changes a student's trajectory. 

Live, practice, improvise, and perform this summer as you hone your musicianship skills and immerse yourself in the world of jazz music alongside other students and professionals.

Through daily ensemble rehearsals, jazz music theory lessons, instrumental instruction, historical examination, ear training, solo transcription/analysis and performances, students form solid foundations furthering their development of improvisational skills.

Students are admissible to the Pre-College Summer Jazz Week provided they have participated in their school band programs from middle school through to the present. 

The Faculty: This pre-college summer course is taught by UConn Jazz Studies faculty members, Earl MacDonald and John Mastroianni. MacDonald is a two-time JUNO-nominated recording artist, a winner of the Sammy Nestico Award for jazz arranging, and the former Musical Director and pianist for trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson. Mastroianni was named and honored as the 2014 Connecticut Teacher of the Year. He is a two-time Music Educator GRAMMY nominee who has performed, toured and recorded with artists including Gerry Mulligan, Louie Belson and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in NYC.



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