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Jazz Programs

Jazz Theory Class

Need to learn more about the theory behind playing jazz? We can teach you! Taught by jazz guitarist Clay Nordhill, this class will meet on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 am starting January 11th.

This class will focus on jazz theory, harmony and the fundamentals of jazz improvisation. Class time will be split between written work and instrumental application. Topics will include diatonic harmony, common chord progressions, song forms, ensemble playing, swing phrasing, and practice routine. Required materials for this course include instruments, pencils, and manuscript paper. The fee for this class is $175.
We will offer a $25 discount for students who are already registered for the jazz combo program.

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Saturday Morning Jazz Combo
Winter session

A fun opportunity for instrumentalists to develop improvisational skills and expand their knowledge of jazz repertoire and styles, this workshop will meet Saturday mornings from 10:00 am-12:00 noon for 9 weeks .
Admission is guaranteed to anyone who has attended URI’s Jazz Camp in the past. Any other interested players should contact Jared Sims at 401-874-2765, or by email at jnsims@mail.uri.edu.
Tuition $325 Registration Form

URI Summer Intensive Jazz Day Camp

Ninth season dates: July 14-18, 2014

(see our FB page URI Jazz Camp for photos of this year’s camp)

“I want to thank you and the Instructors at URI for holding the Jazz Camp. Both my sons had a great time and were greatly humbled and have developed such a great respect and interest in Jazz as a result of attending the Camp. They were such a great group of remarkable and dedicated Professional Musicans there leading all the students; it was very inspiring for the boys. They recently went to the Jazz Festival in Newport, which was phenomenal, and saw many people and Instructors from the Camp there. They are in contact with many of them and we look forward to future sessions with various guys from the Camp. We intend on further nurturing this new found love in Jazz and thank you so much for the Opportunity to develop, broaden, and enlighten them.” MM
“My son thoroughly enjoyed the camp and looked forward to it each day, in spite of not being able to sleep in on a summer’s day. This morning he said that he learned more last week than he had all year in his school’s music program! Thanks for running such a great program.” AS

The University of Rhode Island Music Department and the Community Music Program presents the ninth annual exciting, creative, educational, and inspiring Summer Intensive Jazz Camp for students in grades 9-12 and up. (Younger/older students with ability are welcome to apply)

Jam packed with Big Bands, theory and specialized classes, combos, Master classes, and concerts, students will learn in an intensive, noncompetitive setting taught by URI’s award-winning jazz and percussion faculty. Small class size enhances individual attention and focus on the student.

Classes will include theory, improvisation and ear training.  Master Classes in each instrument will be offered, featuring faculty artists Jared SimsDave Zinno, Steve Langone, Joe Parillo and others TBA. Faculty specializing in voice, piano, guitar, bass, brasses, winds and percussion/drum set will create a well-rounded instrumentation. Each camper will be assigned to at least two ensembles which will enable them to work on many different styles. Drummers will play on a world of instruments in percussion ensemble.


Camp 2014 begins on Monday July 14th  at 9:30am with a general meeting.  Campers will be dismissed at 5:00 pm daily. Camp ends with the final student concert on Friday July 18th at 4:00pm

Camp fees: before March 1st: Application fee $35, Tuition $425 (please pay by check)
After March 1st: Application fee $50, tuition $500

all new students must send in an audition recording with non-refundable application fee  to be considered for camp.


Deposit of $100 is due upon notification of acceptance. While there is no deadline for applications, some slots will fill quickly, so the earlier the better!
* Returning campers are not required to audition

Daily Camp Schedule

The daily schedule will be:

  • 9:30 students check into Fine Arts Center (FAC)
  • 9:30-10:30- Theory and Jazz Style
  • 10:30-12- Morning Combos
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch ~~
  • 1-1:30- Student Jam Session-a VERY popular tradition!
  • 1:30-2:30- Live Jazz Performances by URI Jazz alumni and URI faculty
  • 2:30-3:45- Master Classes divided by instrument
  • 3:45-5:00- Big Band and Percussion Ensemble

—Lunch options are either:

  1. bring your own–eat at FAC  or
  2.  purchase lunch at one of the shops in the Emporium ( Subway, UMelt…)


Once we have received your form and payment we will have a teacher contact you to schedule lessons. We will hold your check until lessons have been scheduled and return it to you if scheduling is impossible. *Instruction may begin at any time during the session -use the table on the rates and fees page to determine your payment according to your starting week.

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