Jazz Goes to College

Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program, University of Louisville

Now a retired faculty member, Jamey Aebersold  is one of the leading proponents of jazz education and largest publisher of jazz education materials in the world.  The University of Louisville’s School of Music began its involvement in jazz studies in 1987. Jazz degrees include a Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Jazz Performan a…

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Frost School of Music, University of Miami

The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Florida offers what might be called the standard array of jazz studies degree programs, along with big bands for students to polish their skills,  lots of smaller combos, vocal jazz training, Latin jazz ensembles and the like. A number of well-known professional musicians are…

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Webster University, Dept of Music, St Louis, MO

In this feature, we showcase the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Department of Music at Webster University.  Found in Webster’s Grove, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, Webster University carries on what director of jazz studies Paul de Marinis calls a “combo-driven program.” That means their emphasis is on small groups, rather than big…

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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Located in what’s been called “the entertainment capitol of the world”, we focus on the University of Nevada Las Vegas. UNLV’s Jazz Studies program is in the Department of Music of the College of Fine Arts. It‘s directed by Dave Loeb, who also is in charge of Jazz Ensembles and teaches Jazz Piano. Nevada Las…

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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. Indiana’s involvement with…

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Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California

The Thornton School is one of the major west coast institutions, located in  Los Angeles. USC Thornton boasts over a thousand students, over 600 of whom are undergraduates and 445 are grad students. The student body represents over 40 countries. The school confers bachelor of music degrees, master’s and doctorates. As an example, the BM…

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