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A Major in Jazz

Description of Major


This major educates students about how to develop the special talents of the creative jazz artist as well as the flexible skills required of the successful, well-rounded musician.

For more information on studying Jazz:  click here

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions in jazz and contemporary music combos and orchestras, military bands, and as public school teachers, university professors, music theorists, arts administrators, conductors, composers, music publishers, and librarians. A variety of jobs are available for jazz studies graduates, including:

Accompanist Arranger
Arts Administrator Audio-Visual Librarian
Band Director Big Band Musician
Chamber Ensemble Musician Church Musician
Composer Concert Manager
Concert Soloist Cruise Ship Musician
Entertainment Manager Film Music Editor
Instrument Designer Jazz Combo Musician
Lyricist Military Band Member
Museum Music Curator Music Critic
Musical Instrument Instructor Musicologist
Nightclub Performer Orchestra Manager
Orchestra Musician Piano Tuner
Producer Professor
Soloist Songwriter
Sound Equipment Technician Teacher
Theater Musician  


Some positions listed may require education or training beyond an undergraduate degree.



Additional Links


National Music Foundation

American Federation of Musicians

Jazz Composers Collective

Jazz House

UC College-Conservatory of Music