If you major in Jazz Studies, you'll study in-depth the history and literature of the unique American art form that is jazz. You'll learn about contemporary trends in jazz and the long, storied, legendary history of jazz and its influence on American culture. More importantly, you'll learn how to really play jazz - in a professional kind of a way. You'll become a master of improvisation and reading on sight, of arrangement and composition, and of jazz theory. You'll get four years of music lessons from people who have dedicated their very lives to the study of jazz. Over the course of your Jazz Studies major, you'll learn all about melodies and rhythms, harmony and scales, transcription of jazz chords, and arranging and improvisation.
Outside of class, you can participate in an incredible wealth of opportunities to perform in jazz combos, ensembles, and big bands. It is in these extracurricular programs where you'll be able to hone and polish your own creative and professional style.