Exploring jazz at UConn's Pre-College Summer Program will closely replicate life as a UConn jazz student. Your day will be divided into segments of instrumental instruction, ensemble playing, and classes in jazz improvisation, theory and jazz history. The whole experience will culminate in a final performance showcasing all you have learned.
We have a summer in Storrs for you!
UConn's Pre-College Summer Music Training and Jazz Exploration course provides high school students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich history of jazz as well as hone their skills alongside accomplished musicians at a nationally ranked public university campus.
Indulge in Your Passions.
Offered during Session 4, our Music Training: Jazz Exporation course allows students to spend a week honing their musicianship skills, and immersing themselves 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.
Pre-Requisite: Students are admissible to the pre-college summer jazz session 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.
2020 Pre-College Summer Dates:
Session 1: June 28 – July 4
Session 2: July 5 – July 11
Session 3: July 12 – July 18
Session 4: July 19 – July 25
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Cost and Session Information
Costs and fees are determined by the number of sessions a student enrolls in (one, two, three, or four sessions). Enrolling in a weekly session, includes the selected academic course* taught by UConn faculty or experts in their industry, exploratory workshops, social programming activities, as well as administrative costs, all meals, and housing in an air-conditioned residence hall. Laundry machines located inside of the residence halls are available to participants at no cost. Participants must arrange their own travel to and from the Program, at their own expense.
*Additional Course Fees: Additional fees to select academic courses may apply. These fees help to cover the added cost of supply kits, studio fees, travel, entrance fees, etc. For specific course fee information, visit the course's information page. If applicable, this course fee will be applied at time of course enrollment.
Application: A non-refundable application processing fee of $45.00 must be paid in order to have your application reviewed. The application fee can be paid at the last step of the application process and is separate from enrollment costs. Our application fee is waived for students who apply before January 6th. After this date our standard application fee will be applied.
Enrollment: A $300.00 non-refundable deposit per session that will be collected at the time of enrollment is required to enroll in Pre-College Summer courses. This deposit will be credited to your program fee’s account balance.
Early Bird: Take advantage of a $150 early bird discount when you submit your application by April 1st, 2020
Multiple Sessions: Receive a discount for enrolling in more than one session, as indicated in the pricing table above. Check out our Course Academies for bundling options!
Sibling Discount: If two or more siblings enroll in the Program during the same summer, the subsequent sibling(s) will receive a $100.00 discount off of their total Program fee.