Spend a week this summer honing your musicianship skills, and immersing yourself in the world of jazz music. Through daily ensemble rehearsals, jazz theory lessons, instrumental instruction, historical examination, ear training, solo transcription/analysis and performances, students will form a solid foundation on which they can further develop their 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.
This pre-college summer course will be 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.
- Earl MacDonald, Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies, Department of Music, UConn School of Fine Arts
- John Mastroianni, Assistant Professor in Residence of Jazz Studies, Department of Music, UConn School of Fine Arts