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Jazz Studies

A Broad Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Degree

You will learn the musical and historical elements of jazz by studying jazz improvisation, theory, history, composition and arranging by taking weekly jazz lessons in your area of expertise. You also will perform in one of several jazz ensembles and a faculty-coached combo.

  • 100%

    of students complete a senior capstone experience

  • 16

    large vocal and instrumental ensembles for your participation

  • Flexibility

    students can obtain a double major or one or more minors

High-Quality Education

  • 21st-century Curriculum
  • Jazz Faculty
  • Cityfolk Legacy Series
  • This program focuses on the musical and historical elements of jazz. Students will study jazz improvisation, theory, history, and jazz composition and arranging, in addition to core studies in music theory, aural skills and functional keyboard.

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    Our faculty bring years of professional experience and performance techniques to you in the classroom.

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    Students can earn a residency with the jazz artists who perform in the annual series, providing an opportunity for them to work with internationally renowned musicians.

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    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about jazz studies? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3936. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Music Technology Minor

    Study music theory and music history, and take a variety of music technology and elective courses to earn your music technology minor. Courses include transcription and digital recording media, as well as independent study opportunities for individual project development.

    Auditions and Scholarships

    Students who wish to be admitted into a Bachelor of Arts Music degree program may complete an audition if they choose. Scholarship opportunities are available and awarded to students who participate in audition day.

    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


    Department of Music

    Fitz Hall, Room 475
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946


    average class size of general music courses