Duke Jazz Programs Goes To Italy
An Exciting, Educational & Informative Experience

Duke in Italy

The Department of Music and the Office of Foreign Acedemic Programs of Duke University are pleased to offer a six-week, two course program focusing on the study of jazz under the direction of Professor Paul Jeffrey,Director of Jazz Studies at Duke University. Two weeks will be spent at each of three host institutions in nothern Italy : the Scuola di Thelonious Monk of Dolo(near Venice), the Scuola D.L.F. of Bologna, and the Scuola di Musica Associazione Corale Citta di Acqui Terme (near Genoa). Students will have the opportunity to explore the interaction between the American and Italian musical traditions, and also immerse themselves into Italian cultural life.

They will be collaborating with distinguished Italian musicians; for those with approiate experience, there will be ample opportunities for performance. Excursions will also be offered to sites of local historical and artistic importance. The three sites where this program will be based are rich in history, art and tradition. Acqui Terme, which is 30 miles from the city of Genoa, has been famous since the time of the ancient Romans for its thermal springs, and a therapeutic spa is still active there. Bologna, the capital city of the region of Emilia Romagna, is home to the world's oldest university and has one of the best preserved medieval town centers in all of Europe. Dolo is a peaceful town located on the Brenta River, only a short distance (9 miles) from the magnificent cites of both Venice and Padua.

This program is supported by a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

Foreign Academic Programs, 121 Allen Bldg, Box 90057, Durham, NC 27708-0057, Tel. 919-684-2174, Fax. 919-684-3083


Students will choose two of three courses offered. All courses will be taught in English.

MUSIC 187: Jazz Performance and Theory. Instructors: Paul Jeffrey and the staff of italian schools. This course will provide a study of the theoretical issues of rhythm, melody, harmony and counterpoint, as they relate to the medium of jazz. Keyboard harmony will be included. Attendance at daily rehearsals, and performance in Jazz clubs and concerts will be required.
Prerequisite: some proficiency on a musical instrument, and prior experience in jazz performance.
One course credit.

MUSIC 141S.01: The Development of Jazz in Italy. Instructors: the staff of the Italian schools. This course will provide an historical overview of jazz as it has developed in Italy. The current state of jazz will be surveyed, and the students will be introduced to Italy's leading practitioners.
One course credit.

MUSIC 141S.02: The Music of Sonny Rollins. Instructor: Paul Jeffrey. An historical survey of the life and contributions to jazz of saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Rollins' original contributions and recorded solos will be analyzed, and his influence on European musicians (with special reference to Italy) will be explored.
One course credit.

Requirements and Prerequisites

No knowledge of Italian is required. There will be a Resident Advisor for the program who is fluent in both English and Italian. There are no prerequisites for Music 141S.01 and 141.S02; prior experience and some instrumental proficiency is required for Music 187S. Students wishing to enroll in Music 187S should submit, along with their application, an audition tape to prof. Jeffrey. Students need not bring their own musical instruments (such as Drums and Acustic String Bass) These instruments are available for use provided by the Italian music schools.


Students will be accommodated in small hotels in double rooms. Breakfast and dinner will be taken in the hotels; lunches may be taken in local cafes and pizzerias.

Travel Arrangements

Participants will travel as a group from New York-JFK/Venice/Milan/New York-JFK with KLM Dutch Airlines. Group travel dates are May 16 and June 27, 1996. You may return to the U.S. on a different date of your choice based on flight availability with a maximum stay of 60 days provided arrangements are made before April 16, 1996. The return date may not be set earlier than June 27, 1996. Students requiring transportation from a city other than New York should make their reservations with Warren Worldwide Travel for the most convenient connections to their international flight from New York. Subject to availability, the least expensive airfares are guaranteed. Your flight choices and any changes to your travel dates must be confirmed no later than APRIL 16 1996.

Payment for the domestic flight is due directly to Warren Worldwide Travel when reservations are confirmed. For additional information and assistance contact Wanda Warren or Barbara Rhodes at:

Estimated Costs

  • Tuition for two courses $2,826
  • Program Fee $3,400
  • Total due Duke University $6,094 >


    Upon acceptance to the program, students must pay the following amounts directly to the Duke University Office of Foreign Acedemic Programs, 121 Allen Building, Durham N.C. 27708-0057, Telephone (919) 684-2174, FAX. (919) 684-3083.


  • March 11, 1996 NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT $1,000
  • April 13, 1996 Balance due Duke University $ 3,126 *non duke students $3,141
  • April 16, 1996 airfare for domestic flights to be paid by student directly to travel agent.
  • All other expenses are to be paid by student in Italy.


    Financial Aid

    FOR DUKE STUDENTS: Limited financial aid is available for summer study abroad programs sponsored by the Duke Office of Foreign Academic Programs. Duke undergraduates who receive financial aid during the academic year are eligible for financial aid for a single Duke summer program offering either one of two courses of credit. This aid is offered in addition to the eight semesters of financial aid for which a student is eligible, but does not apply to a summer abroad program prior to matriculation or after graduation from Duke. Application for aid is accomplished by signing up in person in the Office of Foreign Aademic Programs, 121 Allen Building, Box 90057.

    The deadline for signing up is 5:00p.m., Friday, February 23, 1996.

    [Students need not have been accepted into the program in order to sign up for aid, but must have applied to the program.]

  • Please consult with the Financial Aid Office at your institution.


    Complete the Application form below, and the Foreign Program Statement of Authorization and Consent Form. Additionally, applicants are required to write a short one-page statement of why you wish to study on this particular program and what you expect to gain from the program. The completed application should be submitted by February 16, 1996 to: