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Summer Jazz Improv and Composers Workshop


Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is taking the summer off! Our acclaimed Summer Programs and Workshops will not be offered in 2024 as we plan for more compelling and varied offerings in 2025 and beyond. Please sign up now to receive information about Summer 2025 as soon as it is available. Thank you.


The NYU Steinhardt Summer Jazz Improvisation and Composers Workshop offers daily cutting-edge masterclasses, ensembles and seminars that provide a wide range of opportunities tailored to the needs of intermediate and advanced students. Students will interact and study with many of the top jazz musicians on the music scene today, and they will also have the opportunity to give public performances at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village, the heart of the New York City jazz scene.

The workshops will consist of a daily improvisation class, a daily masterclass with special guest instructors (this will open with group meetings and discussions), daily small ensemble rehearsals with NYU or guest faculty, and a daily jazz composition class.

Intended For

High School (16 years and older)
Post-College and Graduate Students
Continuing Professionals


Summer Jazz Improv & Composition faculty members will include Professor David Pietro (Director of NYU Jazz Studies), and Dr. David Schroeder (Professor of Jazz Studies) along with other distinguished jazz studies performers and educators.

Past faculty and lecturers have included Jay Anderson, Johnathan Blake, Alan Broadbent, Jeff Coffin, Dave Douglas, Dezron Douglas, Billy Drewes, Billy Drummond, Alan Ferber, Gil Goldstein, Tim Hagans, Marquis Hill, Dave Liebman, Lage Lund, Joe Martin, Peter Mazza, Camila Meza, Tony Moreno, Chris Potter, Bobby Previte, Mike Rodriguez, John Scofield, Kendrick Scott, Tom Scott, Brad Shepik, Janis Siegel, Alex Sipiagin, Helen Sung, Gary Versace, Johannes Weidenmüller, Michael Wolff.

View a complete list of current NYU Jazz faculty.

Billy Drewes

Music Adjunct Faculty

Drew Gress

Music Adjunct Faculty

Ari Hoenig

Music Adjunct Faculty

Dave Liebman

Music Adjunct Faculty

Tony Moreno

Music Adjunct Faculty

Dave Pietro

Music Associate Professor and Director, Jazz Studies

Chris Potter

Music Adjunct Faculty

Dave Schroeder

Music Professor of Jazz Studies

Brad Shepik

Music Adjunct Faculty

Lenny White

Music Adjunct Faculty

Martin Wind

Music Adjunct Faculty

Michael Wolff

Music Adjunct Faculty


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Dave Pietro
Jazz Studies