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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in order to help keep our participants, faculty, and guest artists safe, we will offer the  2020 UNC Summer Jazz Workshop ONLINE in a password protected environment providing much of what we would in person, and some courses that we have not been able to offer in previous in-person workshops that all students will have access to, including varying levels of theory classes, improvisation classes, jazz arranging concepts, jazz history, music journalism, lessons, and masterclasses with Puerto Rican guest artists, Ramón Vázquez Martirena (bass), and José Aponte (drums) as follows:  

  • All participants will have access to the college level Jazz Theory class that I teach this year. 
  • We will also offer Beginning Jazz Theory and Theory and Piano Skills for drummers (or any students) as we have in the past.
  • Jazz improvisation classes – backing tracks will be provided via online download where students can practice jazz standards at different tempos.  
  • Jazz arranging concepts: lead sheets, horn voicings in small groups, sax solis, big band voicings and other arranging techniques.   
  • Jazz history classes.  
  • Masterclasses and lessons with guest artists.  
  • Masterclasses in how to play Caribbean Latin styles authentically by Puerto Rican artists, Juan Álamo, Ramón Vázquez Martirena, and José Aponte.      
  • Group lessons with faculty.       
  • Listening playlists of great artists/recordings.   
  • Free downloads of select faculty recordings. 
  • We will continue to offer the course in Music Journalism and Jazz History for college credit students.  A combination of prerecorded video (for better audio/visual quality) and live interactive instruction where the students can interact with the faculty and guest artists via Zoom online video software. 


Due to the online format this year, we have adjusted our fees to the following:

  • Online Community Summer Jazz Workshop – $175 Program Fee instead of $375.  
  • Online MUSC 364 Summer Jazz Workshop (for college credit class) – $25 Program Fee instead of $75.  Please note that this does not include the college tuition ($765 in-state or $2,025) that University of North Carolina charges for their courses after students officially enroll through Connect Carolina.  

General Information

The UNC Summer Jazz Workshop is a unique five-day jazz program (Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19, 2020) catering to students of a variety of ages—from middle school (rising 8th grade) and high school students, to college students and adults who want to study and be immersed in a high-paced jazz program which provides instruction in jazz theory, improvisation, small group playing, and group lessons.  There are three ways to participate in the UNC SJW workshop:


  1. As a performer in the Community Summer Jazz Workshop (non-college credit).  Students in the Community SJW have separate music theory and jazz improvisation courses in the morning and early afternoon, and they join together with the MUSC 364 students to perform in jazz combos and participate in group lessons later in the afternoon.
  2. As a performer in the MUSC 364 Summer Jazz Workshop (3.0 college credit hours, satisfying the “Experiential Education” requirement at UNC).  This portion of the workshop is available to rising high school seniors, college students, and adults.  MUSC 364 students study jazz theory and jazz improvisation with Dr. Anderson and Professor Ketch during the morning hours, and they join together with the Community SJW students to perform in jazz combos and participate in group lessons in the afternoon.
  3. As a student in the Jazz History/Music Journalism Through Social Media (non-performance track) of MUSC 364.  These students will study jazz history and learn basic music skills, as well as music journalism using social media.  Students in this track are not required to perform in a combo throughout the week or to perform in the final student concert (3.0 college credit hours, satisfying the “Experiential Education” requirement at UNC).

The details of the daily schedule are provided below.  Each evening, Monday through Thursday, guest artists and faculty will perform.  All concerts are free and open to the public. On Friday from 4:30-7:15pm, the student combos will perform in the final concert.  Refreshments are served each afternoon throughout the week in the Kenan Music Building Rehearsal Hall for participants in the workshop.


Dr. Stephen Anderson, D.M.A.
Director, UNC Summer Jazz Workshop

Professor, Composition and Jazz Studies (piano)
919.537.1358 Phone
Rebecca Clemens, M.M.
UNC Summer Jazz Workshop, Associate Director
919.306.3138 Phone