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Bachelor of Music
Music: Jazz Studies (B.M.)
If you have a love for jazz music, consider the Jazz Studies degree. You will get to learn a variety of jazz instruments, participate in recitals, and study the jazz genre. The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies with full and adjunct faculty for every jazz instrument, a Jazz Society, weekly jam session, and opportunities to attend conferences and tour nationally and internationally.
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Follow Your Dreams
The Jazz Studies Bachelor of Music degree is an opportunity to perform, compose, and develop a deeper understanding of Jazz and popular styles. Many of our students have gone on to receive graduate degrees with an end goal of teaching at a university, performing in a military band, running a private studio, or becoming a freelance musician. This degree includces the most music production courses of other music degrees, including how to capture and produce recordings.

With this degree, you can follow your dreams of studying music and focusing on jazz. Not only will you study the specifics of jazz methods, history, and composition, you will also become more proficient in your specific instrument. You will improve many of your music capabilities and have fun while doing it!

Meet The Jazz Faculty

Learn About Jazz Ensembles

Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Music with a Jazz Studies emphasis have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Freelance Musician
As a professional musician, you can play for a variety of different ensembles, bands, or be a solo performer. You will be expected to learn songs quickly and have excellent sight-reading skills. Unique to Jazz studies, you will also be expected to apply the arranging and composition skills you gain during your degree.
Advanced Study
Students who complete this degree are prepared to audition and enter graduate level Jazz performance or pedagogy programs. With the degree’s substantial coursework in jazz history and literature, students may also choose to pursue additional studies in conducting, musicology, theory and composition.
Private Music Teacher
Private music teachers have the opportunity to work closely with students in teaching a specific instrument. The degree helps prepare students to successfully build teaching studios that support students with diverse goals and abilities, catering each lesson to every student’s individual needs.

Getting Started in this degree

If you are interested in Jazz Studies, start with one of the following major-specific courses. Students are required to participate in an ensemble each semester.

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