Degree Offerings

Our Jazz Studies degrees are designed for students seeking careers as performers, composers/arrangers, and educators in jazz, commercial music, and related contemporary musical fields. Through their studies, jazz majors are grounded in classical performance technique, theory, and history as well jazz improvisation methodology, composition, arranging, history, pedagogy, and repertoire.

(For a complete listing of degree options offered through the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance – click here.)

B.M. in Jazz Studies
The B.M. in Jazz Studies offers a 4 year comprehensive curriculum that focuses on jazz improvisation, history, and composition/arranging. In the fourth year of this degree, students may choose courses that allow for concentrated study of advanced jazz writing or performance.
B.M. in Jazz Studies Degree Requirements (download)

M.M. in Jazz Studies (Instrumental Performance)
The M.M. in Jazz Studies (Instrumental Performance) degree option is designed for students who already have a solid background in jazz theory, history, and composition/arranging and with demonstrated expertise in jazz performance practice (improvisation) on at least one instrument. This degree allows the advancing performer further, in-depth study in jazz while also focusing on pedagogy.
M.M. in Jazz Studies (Instrumental Performance) (download)

M.M. in Jazz Studies (Composition/Arranging)
The M.M. in Jazz Studies (Composition/Arranging) degree option is designed for students who already have a solid background in jazz theory, history, and performance and who can demonstrate expertise in jazz composition and arranging. This degree allows the advancing writer further, in-depth study in jazz while also focusing on pedagogy.
M.M. in Jazz Studies (Composition/Arranging) (download)

Doctoral Supporting Area in Jazz Studies (Instrumental Performance)
This supporting area is designed for students who already have a solid background in jazz and who can demonstrate expertise in jazz performance practice (improvisation) on at least one instrument. This option allows the advancing performer further, in-depth study in jazz while also focusing on pedagogy.
Doctoral Supporting Area in Jazz Studies (Instrumental Performance) (download)

Doctoral Supporting Area in Jazz Studies (Composition/Arranging)
This supporting area is designed for students who already have a solid background in jazz and who can demonstrate expertise in jazz composition and arranging. This option allows the advancing performer further, in-depth study in jazz while also focusing on pedagogy.
Doctoral Supporting Area in Jazz Studies (Composition/Arranging) (download)