Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
Why choose Jazz Studies at ETSU?
The Jazz Studies program at East Tennessee State University is designed for musicians who desire a career path performing in contemporary genres and working as professionals in the music industry. In addition to courses in music theory, ear training, improvisation, jazz theory, arranging and music history, students will gain invaluable practical knowledge with industry courses such as music technology, music business and commercial music composition.
Is Jazz Studies right for me?
The Jazz Studies program is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists and offers opportunities to perform with a wide variety of ensembles, chorales, bands, chamber groups and combos. Our faculty of world renowned performing artists, teachers and Grammy winning industry professionals will guide your educational experience to maximize your ability to succeed in a rapidly evolving world of music.
It's not just jazz!
While jazz concepts and theory are the basis of our program, the study of modern jazz covers everything from pop to rock, R&B, Latin, classical and world music.
Scholarships for Jazz
In addition to the Academic Performance Scholarship and Creative Arts Scholarship that are available to all students who participate in music ensembles, there are additional scholarships available for jazz that include:
- Jazz Concentration Scholarship
- Endowed Jazz Scholarship
- Topalian Jazz Scholarship
For more information about these scholarships, the Jazz Studies major, or participation in jazz ensemble, or other performance groups, contact Martin Walters, Director of Jazz Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazz Studies Degree Program Requirements: Link to Catalog for Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies Concentration
Note the Following:
Performance Requirement: All music majors, regardless of degree or concentration, must perform a 30-minute recital. Music performance majors must also perform an hour-long recital.
Sight Reading Proficiency: Music majors must successfully pass two sight-reading proficiency examinations. These exams are taken as part of the end-of-semester jury for advancement in applied lessons from level one to two and from level two to three.
Piano Proficiency: All music majors are required to meet minimum proficiency levels on piano. Beginning with the first semester of residence, music majors must enroll for piano study either through group keyboard classes for through private lessons and continue every semester until the piano proficiency examination is passed.
Recital Attendance: All music majors are required to attend a minimum number of recitals in designated performance areas. CLICK HERE for a complete list of requirements.
Ensemble: Performing experience in ensembles is a vital part of the training of all musicians. Thus, all Bachelor of Music concentrations require participation in an ensemble every semester of full-time enrollment.