Jeff Cummins

Composer, Teacher, and Performer

Jeff Cummins

Jeff Cummins is a local composer, teacher and performer. He was the founder and Director of the McLean Jazz Workshop, has served as Director of Instrumental Music at independent schools in Northern Virginia, and is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed non-profit organization Virginia Music Adventures.

Mr. Cummins composes and teaches individual lessons in music theory, piano and saxophone performance, composition, recording and improvisation. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from George Mason University with a concentration in Piano Performance and a minor on saxophone. He performs both as a solo artist and as a member of the Summit Trio. His former students include public and private school music teachers, professors, recording artists, and nationally acclaimed performers.

His composing credits include jingles, themes for public television programs, music for local musical productions, and a recorded collection of original compositions. He served as orchestrator and arranger for the musical Vodu, which enjoyed a 4 week performance run as part of the 2004 Harlem Repertory Theatre inaugural season.

He is a past recipient of the McLean Community Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution. He has been recognized by the City Council of the City of Los Angeles, the Ministry of Tourism of Nassau, The Bahamas, both the U.S. Consul General and the Mayor of Beyoglu District, Istanbul, the Republic of Turkey; the Nagano International Friends Club, and the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, Virginia.

Mr. Cummins is a member of the Music Educator's National Conference, the Virginia Music Educator's Association, and the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director's Association. Over the past 30 years his student groups have toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the Caribbean. They have performed by invitation at such prestigious venues as Wolf Trap, the Kennedy Center, the National Theatre, Blues Alley, the World's Fair in Knoxville, and the World's Fair in New Orleans. Mr. Cummins has been interviewed on WMAL and WDCU Radio, and has also been the feature of local PBS and Fairfax County Cable Access programs.

Why Us?

I am a former piano student of Jeff's studio and a rising senior in a Music Education degree. When I got to college, I found that I was incredibly prepared in both my performance studies and my understanding of music theory as a result of my studies with Jeff. The opportunity to work as an intern with the Wakefield Jazz Workshop also gave me a glimpse into my future as a music educator - I got to college ready for my internships and comfortable in front of an ensemble. I can't emphasize enough how much studying with Jeff prepared me for a career in music!

Kayla M

Jeff's balanced approach of weaving theory and history into his lessons, while focusing on healthy technique, helps his students achieve outstanding levels of musicality very quickly.  Whether it be younger students beginning their musical journey or developed musicians considering a career in music, his knowledge of "the story of music" and his passion for it is infectious, and tremendously benefits his students.