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Music Collective is a collection of local, regional and national artists who come together to perform, teach, and appreciate music. We offer mentoring programs – master-classes, workshops, private lessons, ensemble courses, and jam sessions. As a result, we are a gathering place for musicians of all styles and all levels. At OMC, everyone is welcome!

Open Music Collective Summer Classes and SJI


Starting on June 29 at 5 pm, Open Music Collective is starting its summer class programs for Jazz Vocals, Jazz Ensemble and the return of the Zappa class.

_DSC3063In the Vocal Jazz Repertoire Class (June 29 at 5pm), students will work on learning songs, writing charts, interacting with rhythm sections, counting off tunes and improvising. There is limited room for participants, but all are encouraged to enroll. The summer class historically tends to be more relaxed so more new students feel comfortable to sign up.

10513475_10152623266096209_8287768383739434239_nJazz Ensembles will resume on June 30 at 5 pm. Student will put together a short concert of music that is rehearsed and discussed in classes. Improvisational ideas are shared and music is explored in playing, listening and historical aspects. All ages and instruments encouraged to sign up.

The Zappa class (June 30 at 7pm) is a fan favorite and is in its third year by request of the students. Because of the nature of the composer the music tends to be more challenging but satisfying for the performers. This year there will be a few new compositions, but some old ones will be revisited and explored deeper.

Each class is directed by Jamie MacDonald and will meet 6 times, the ensemble classes will culminate with a concert. The cost is $175 for adults and $150 for students. There is a $50 discount if you take two summer courses (Any two classes, or class and SJI).

10502117_10152623281341209_4894423930968169211_nFrom July 22-26, OMC is presenting the sixth annual OMC Summer Jazz intensive that has grown and matured in its short life span. Over the course of five days the program allows students and faculty to immerse themselves in music and focus on personal growth and working with others. Everything is hands on with listening/discussion times and but also chances for breaks and practice. Students will find teachers open and encouraging, providing good advice for future endeavors, from the struggling amateur to the budding professional or serious college student.

Days will be divided into theory/improvisation, ensemble, listening classes with open jams in the evening culminating in a joint student and faculty concerts. This year the classes will start in the evening (Wednesday-Friday at 5pm) to allow for day time conflicts, with all day happenings on the weekend, finishing up on Sunday afternoon.

Open to all instruments and vocalists of all abilities. This year the faculty includes Berklee College of Music professor Mitch Seidman on guitar, UMass Amherst Jazz Vocal teacher Cathy Jenson-Hole (Saturday only), and returning faculty Claire Arenius (Amherst College) on drums, Carl Clements (Amherst College) on Sax and Jamie MacDonald on bass. Youth prices start at $325 and adult $425 with discounts/scholarships available. Saturday Audit is available for vocalists.

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Open Music Collective also offers private lessons by Kate Parsons (piano), Ben Carr (drums and ukulele), Jamie MacDonald (various) and Dan Thomas (guitar), it may be time to start take the next step.

The Open Music Collective is a Vermont nonprofit providing a space for music, education, offering music classes and lessons for all ages including ensembles, masterclasses and summer camps. We are fortunate to currently be able to offer limited scholarships to needy students.

For questions or further information, contact the Open Music Collective: 802-275-5054 or openmusiccollective@gmail.com. The Open Music Collective is located at 74 Cotton Mill Hill Studio A-335 Brattleboro, VT 05301


Come to the OMC to learn how to listen, interpret and manipulate rhythm, experiment within and outside of a form, use dynamics in your sound, develop articulation nuances, discover the power of role models, and the meaning of trust.

The OMC hopes that all who participate, novice to master, are inspired and enlightened.