Introducing jazz to tomorrow’s teachers and virtuosos
Our Jazz studies program is a driving force behind many community initiatives that give students the opportunity to perform and teach while building our community’s enthusiasm for jazz music.
Jazz on Wheels is a mobile education program that helps urban youth discover new creative outlets and a life-long appreciation for music. The high-level performers include faculty members, Jazz Studies students and the best young performers from The Bridge.
Jazz Summer Camp is a unique opportunity for instrumentalists and vocalists at all levels to begin learning the essentials of small jazz ensemble playing. High school students, university students, jazz musicians and music educators are all welcome to take part in this week-long, fun experience.
The Cool Wednesday Night Hang is a New York style jam session run by Jazz Studies faculty members. Every Wednesday night, the faculty, students and community players come together for what Director Steve Kirby calls "composition at the speed of conversation" at a popular venue off campus. It's a unique opportunity for students to share the bandstand with their world class instructors while applying the many improvisational techniques they are learning as part of the jazz curriculum.
dig! Magazine, published by Jazz Winnipeg, receives regular contributions from Jazz Studies faculty. Students are given the opportunity to write articles for publication under the guidance of the magazine’s associate editor. The magazine’s revenues help to support bursaries for the Jazz Studies program.