Artist & Educational Workshops

Designed to entertain, inspire, educate and inform, clinics and workshops feature artists and educators from around the globe. Clinics and Workshops are themed to help you focus on your own educational goals while attending the Festival. Many workshops provide hand-outs and provide the opportunity to play and sing along with artists and educators. Please note schedules are subject to change. Please check the Directors Table in the Student Union Building to find the most updated daily schedule. Any changes will be indicated on the door of the clinic/workshop venue daily. Workshops and clinics are stages across the University of Idaho campus and Moscow community.

What is it?
Clinics and workshops feature Festival artists, nationally renowned educators and University of Idaho faculty. Clinic and workshop themes range from Artist Features to specialized workshops that provide in-depth information, handouts and the opportunity to sing and play with presenters. Enjoy getting up close with Festival artists and listen as they perform and talk about their music, their lives, and their experiences and show many of the techniques that make them the best in the jazz world.

In past years workshop themes have included: Artist Features, Director Helps, Hands On, New Ideas, Dance Workshops and Thinking About College. Don’t miss out on the action!

Workshop Themes

Artist Features (AF): Come and see your favorite artists up close and personal. Listen while they play, sing, and share stories. Most allow audience questions, and sometimes students are invited on-stage to play with the worlds finest.

Director Helps (DH): These workshops are designed to help directors teach jazz. Directing workshops include: rehearsal techniques, elementary jazz curriculum, teaching improvisation, directing a jazz ensemble, and more!

Master Classes (MC): These are workshops designed for specific instruments. Learn about fingering, tone and technique from master teachers.

Inspiring Futures Through Jazz (IF): Visit the theme of the festival, and find greater understanding as you play, listen and participate in the world of jazz.

Hands On! (HO): This means INTERACTIVE! Bring your instrument and charts, and be ready to play and sing along. Be prepared to learn about improvisation, scat singing and improving techniques.

NEW IDEAS! (NI): Come and see what is new with jazz. We want to introduce you to collaborations with other jazz art forms. You won’t want to miss this!

Dance Workshops (DW): Join the fun in a variety of “hands- and feet-on” workshops led by university faculty, regional instructors and specialty dance instructors. Grab your dance shoes! Our swing and Latin dance classes will get you ready for the dance floor at the Saturday night concert.

Thinking About College? (TAC): The University of Idaho encourages visiting students, especially those high school students wondering about their higher education, to explore the campus by taking a campus tour or attending a workshop taught by university faculty.