The UNC Department of Music hosted its Summer Jazz Workshop and concert series — a program with three different tracks — from June 26 to June 30.
One track is a summer camp program for people of all ages where students learn jazz theory, improvisation, play in ensembles and participate in jam sessions.
“I really want to go into music (education) when I graduate, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn chord structures and everything like that,” Nick Farmer, a high school student from Cary who played trumpet in the workshop, said.
Aidan Babocsi, a high school saxophone player from Raleigh, said he wanted to learn more about jazz because he didn’t have much experience with it.
"I wanted to learn more about improvising and stuff like that,” he said. “I also get to meet a whole lot of new friends and just have fun.”
The second and third tracks of the program are for college students. Students can gain class credit through the summer session class Music 364: The UNC Summer Jazz Program. Students who are studying music performance participate in classes with community members in the program.
The class also has a non-performance track where students learn about jazz history and music journalism.
The students take classes on jazz history, basic keyboard skills and journalism in the morning. In the afternoon, they observe group lessons and interview faculty, guests and students.
Kellie Finch, a media and journalism major in the non-performance section of Music 364, said she applied for the workshop because she was interested in writing about music and pursuing a music minor.