Summer Workshops General Information

The Vermont Jazz Center has established a proven program of jazz education which emphasizes ensemble coaching as well as individual instruction. Our faculty-student ratio is kept very small to maximize opportunities for personal growth.

Overall enrollment is limited to 60 students. Students of this program are usually at an intermediate to advanced level. Many are working musicians who want some time and guidance to focus on their craft. Ages range from mature high school students to mature adults.

Workshop Students

Bette singingSummer program participants have come from throughout the continental U.S., as well as Germany, France, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, and the Philippines.

Enrollees include talented high school and college students considering a career in music, as well as working professionals of all ages wishing to refine instrumental and improvisational skills. Several have returned season after season.

Daytime Activities

  • Classes in Theory/Improvisation, Style Analysis, Composition
  • Instrumental Master Classes and Individual Instruction
  • Jazz listening hour: Faculty present recorded compositions - all faculty and students come together to listen to and discuss the music.
  • Faculty-Coached Small Ensembles

Evening Activities

Jam Sessions

Ethan T playing bassSunday through Wednesday evenings feature a short faculty performance followed by Instrumental and Vocal jam sessions. These jams give students and faculty the opportunity to play together in an informal setting.


Area jazz fans look forward to joining us each season for the workshop faculty concert gala on Thursday and the student ensemble performance extravaganza on Friday.

Daily Schedule

8:00-9:00am - Breakfast

9:00-10:30 - Jazz Theory

10:30-12:00 - Master Classes (Individual instruments and vocals)

12:00-1:00pm - Lunch

1:00-2:00 - Listening Hour: faculty will play recordings and discuss compositional ideas found in listening examples.

2:00-6:00 - Ensembles (Instrumental Program)
Repertoire and vocal skills (Vocal Program)

6:00-7:30 - Dinner

8:00-??? - Jam Sessions, Rehearsals, Concerts

Come join us for a great week in the country. . . . The setting is terrific, the music inspiring!

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