Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music is located in Bloomington, Indiana. It offers 4 large jazz ensembles in which the students perform, along with the Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Brazilian Percussion Ensemble and several combos. These are all part of the Indiana program that offers Bachelor and Master degrees in jazz studies.

NEA Jazz Master David Baker conducting the Indiana University Jazz Ensemble

Indiana’s involvement with jazz goes back to the 1950s. In 1959 a band representing IU competed and won as best band at the Notre Dame festival. That band was headed by David Baker, who would later go on to lead the department and earn an NEA American Jazz Masters medal. In 1960, jazz officially entered the curriculum at Indiana. There are 1,600 plus music students, 65 of whom, are in jazz studies. There are 200 practice rooms.

At Indiana, 80% of music students are receiving some form of financial assistance and the school prides itself on being one of the least expensive of the major music schools in the U-S.

Famous alumni include trumpeter Randy Brecker, drummer Peter Erskine, bassist Robert Hurst and pianist Alan Pasqua who now heads the jazz studies department at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California.


Alyssa Mehnert

David Linard

Pictured here are two IU students who participated in the school’s Emerging Jazz Artists Series and who are heard in Program 6.




If you would like to learn more about Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and the role it could play in your future, contact jazz@indiana.edu or call (812) 855-7560.

To hear the musicianship at the Jacobs School, listen to Cyber Jazz Today Program 6.






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