We offer two undergraduate jazz studies degrees. The Bachelor of Music in Performance (jazz studies track) is a credit-intensive degree program that prepares students for the profession of music performance. The Bachelor of Arts in Music (jazz studies track) allows students the flexibility to pursue a broad-based liberal arts degree while still maintaining a primary focus on jazz performance studies. Both the B.M. and the B.A. degrees include eight semesters of one-on-one jazz instruction on students’ major instruments, guaranteed participation in one of the jazz ensembles during each semester, weekly jazz studio classes with jazz faculty and visiting guest artists, and a comprehensive curriculum of theory & composition, history, and improvisation courses.
Many students in the jazz area also pursue dual majors, combining the B.A. in Music (jazz studies track) with a very wide range of other majors from across the university. Pending on a variety of factors, including the number of credits required in students’ other majors and possible AP credits, many students are able to complete their dual major degrees within four years.
For application information, including deadlines, procedures, and admission requirements, please visit music.wisc.edu/undergraduate-admissions/
Questions? Contact Director of Jazz Studies Dr. Johannes Wallmann at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the Jazz Studies program.
There is currently no graduate degree in jazz studies. However, both the Master’s and the Doctoral degree paths contain considerable room for customization, and Doctoral students may select jazz studies as their minor option. Students who wish to make jazz a substantive component of a performance degree at the graduate level should contact the Director of Graduate Studies at email@example.com to discuss their available options.
World-Class Musicians, Right Here In Madison
Madison is home to a number of world-class local musicians who value its quality of life and proximity to Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis, and it is a frequent destination for artists touring throughout the Midwest.
Jazz Master Classes
Fridays at noon, Room 1321, Humanities building
Our Jazz Studies program offers a weekly jazz master class for students. Presenters include our faculty and guest musicians traveling through Madison.
In addition to performing for and with the guest presenter, the class tackles current issues and aesthetics in jazz music. Classes help to strengthen an understanding of what it means to be a jazz musician and the technical facility it requires, and provide a forum to discuss issues related to the music business.