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SOM Jazz Studies Student performing sax on stage

School of Music
Master of Music
Jazz Performance

Master of Music in jazz performance

The Master of Music in Performance with a Jazz Concentration creates an environment for students that allows them to focus on their development as a complete jazz musician. The degree typically takes two years to complete and includes two one-hour recitals presented to the public. In addition to working closely with one of our artist-educators in private lessons, each student will also study arranging, pedagogy and advanced harmony/transcription/analysis in small, group seminars, perform in high quality large and small ensembles, and collaborate with their peers in a supportive, engaging environment. A limited number of graduate teaching assistant positions are also available, which provide a stipend and qualify out-of-state students for in-state tuition rates. All applicants will be considered for a TA position.

programs of Study



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Ben Haugland
Chair of Jazz Studies
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies Faculty

Professor Stephen Jones

Professor Stephen Jones
Director of Jazz Studies, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Jazz Saxophone)

Dr. Ben Haugland

Dr. Ben Haugland
Chair of Jazz Studies, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Jazz Piano)

Dr. Kevin Whalen

Dr. Kevin Whalen
Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies (Jazz Trumpet)

Dr. Fabio Augustinis

Dr. Fabio Augustinis
Assistant Professor of Practice in Commercial Music and Drum Set