Jazz Goes to College

University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is at College Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC. Chris Vadala, the director of Jazz Studies, has been with the program for nineteen of the department’s twenty years. Maryland has 30-35 candidates for degrees in jazz studies and related programs. Vadala teaches saxophone and the woodwinds, large ensemble, improvisation and is…

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The University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is in Denton, Texas, about 40 miles north of Dallas-Forth Worth. Formerly known as North Texas State, UNT’s jazz program has been in operation for over a half a century. The school’s One O’Clock Lab Band is famous for its power, precision and adventurous arrangements. The UNT Jazz Studies program…

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The Manhattan School of Music

The Manhattan School of Music is in the heart of New York City, still the jazz capital of the world. And the Manhattan School draws on perhaps the largest number of the best-qualified musicians in jazz to teach classes at the school. A partial listing of the faculty includes: trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, arranger Mike Abene,…

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Berklee College of Music

It’s one of the best-known such institutions in the field. Berklee offers bachelor degrees in music education and practically everything else you can imagine from film scoring to music therapy.  Dual majors are available for certain subjects. A Dual Major requires a five-year course of study. Well-known musicians on the faculty at Berklee? How about…

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