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Welcome to the Jazz Studies Program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, one of the first and foremost jazz programs in the world.

News

  • We are proud to announce the Jacobs School Jazz Studies Department has received gift of the Frank Mantooth Jazz Library. To celebrate this gift we will perform A Tribute to Frank Mantooth Monday, March 26, 8 pm, Musical Arts Center. Admission is Free!
  • Congratulations to alumna Sara Caswell on her Grammy Nomination! Sara is nominated in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category for her work on Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge's track "Can't Remember Why".
  • Several Jazz Studies Alumni are featured in the January 2018 issue of DownBeat magazine!
  • Check out the innovative new videos from IU Jazz Professor Steve Houghton’s studio featuring his students presenting essential jazz styles for drum set.
  • We are excited to be welcoming new faculty members vocalist Tierney Sutton, trumpeter John Raymond, and bassist Todd Coolman to the Jazz Studies faculty!
  • Streaming Video: Both Celebrating the Life of David N. Baker, the concert in January honoring Dr. Bakerand Jazz Celebration 2017,  are available to be streamed in their entireties on IU Music Live!. After following the link, scroll down to the header "More Seasons", then click "Show" to view the videos.
  • Check out our Soundcloud tracks and YouTube videos on our Sights and Sounds page!

Mission

Our mission is to prepare students for professional careers and leadership roles in jazz and related fields of contemporary music by providing exceptional training that equips students with the flexible skills and experience required of successful, well-rounded musicians, and creative jazz artists.

A wide variety of performance opportunities and a comprehensive curriculum ground our students in the rich history, traditions, and culture of jazz while nurturing their exploration of new and contemporary styles in an environment that encourages a free-flowing exchange of ideas between faculty, students, guest artists, and the community.

Our faculty, students, and alumni serve as a resource for the Jacobs School of Music, university, state, national, and international communities through our world-class creative activities in performance, composition, education, and scholarship.