Jazz Studies

Jam with the best

We have one of the first and foremost jazz studies programs in the world—and all of our students benefit from the wildly creative and collaborative atmosphere we cultivate.

We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees that ensure you are trained in virtually every aspect of jazz performance and pedagogy, including improvisation, history, arranging/composition, small and large ensemble playing, rhythm section techniques, private instrumental study, studio techniques, vocal jazz, and pedagogy.


Perform on a regular basis

As a jazz studies student, you’re required to perform as part of an ensemble.

You’ll have plenty of choices—we are home to three jazz big bands, the Latin Jazz Ensemble, vocal jazz ensembles, rhythm section ensembles, and several combos.

As an added bonus, you’re encouraged to put on ad hoc performances with your peers.

Explore ensembles

Jacobs has provided me with the mentors and lifelong friends that have taught me what it means to really know and love music.

Jonathan de la Cruz, M.M. Jazz Trumpet Performance

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