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Jazz Studies

The Jazz Studies program prepares you for a professional career in the recording industry, theatre orchestras, jazz groups and virtually all areas of the commercial music industry.

You’ll concentrate on all aspects of jazz performance, composition and improvisation. Assignments will take you into the city’s professional recording studios where you’ll have the opportunity to meet and work with the best in the business. Jazz studies majors perform in one of the large jazz bands and many combos. Our jazz ensembles have won national acclaim for their performances on campus, on tour and on recordings.

Faculty members in this program are among Chicago’s top studio artists, composers and arrangers. They have worked with virtually every major group, from Woody Herman and Gerry Mulligan to Maynard Ferguson. For jazz studies students, it is not unusual for these experiences, professional contacts and faculty ties to lead to career opportunities after graduation.


Sample Courses:

  • Essentials of Jazz
  • Jazz Arranging and Composition
  • Jazz Chamber Ensemble
  • Jazz History and Style
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Jazz Rhythm Section Techniques

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Arranging
  • Composing
  • Education
  • Music editing
  • Music production
  • Performance
  • Recording

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