Jazz studies fuses performance, composition and arranging into a program that lets you express yourself musically. We emphasize the practical skills that enable you to appreciate and play the wide variety of music demanded of professional musicians today.
What to Expect
The jazz studies program fuses performance, composition and arranging into a study plan that prepares you for the professional performance world.
Our goal is not just to help you master your primary instrument, but also to help you use new and improved skills to hear and bring out the music inside you. We help you become solid in the fundamental skills of ear training, keyboard technique, music theory and arranging.
In addition to our world-class faculty, our state-of-the-art facilities and performance venues give students all the experience you need to enter the world of professional music with the confidence of a seasoned musician.
An audition is required to be considered for admission to all music degree programs.
B Bachelor of Music (B.M.) — Jazz Studies Emphasis
Offered by the School of Music, this degree provides excellent general education combined with rigorous training in an area of emphasis (composition, jazz studies, music education, music theory or performance).
The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in jazz studies:
- Music Theory I-IV
- Aural Skills I-IV
- History of Western Music I - III
- Recital Class (and laboratory)
- Music Advocacy I: Understanding the Power of Your Music
- Jazz Improvisation I-IV
- Jazz Theory
- Jazz Literature
- Studio Arranging and Composition
Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.
The School of Music offers a Master of Music in performance or composition, with a jazz studies concentration.
M Master of Music — Jazz Studies Concentration (M.M.)
Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.
Learn more about the Graduate School, degree options, and how to apply for admission to doctoral, master’s, certificate and combination degree programs at South Carolina.