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Jazz

Jazz studies fuses performance, composition and arranging into a program that lets you express yourself musically. We emphasize the practical skills that enable you to appreciate and play the wide variety of music demanded of professional musicians today.

Develop the musical self-confidence and proficiency needed to become a working musician in the jazz and commercial music industry as a live or studio performer or as a professional composer or arranger.

Our goal is not just to help you master your primary instrument, but also to help you use new and improved skills to hear and bring out the music inside you. We help you become solid in the fundamental skills of ear training, keyboard technique, music theory and arranging.

In addition to our world-class faculty, our state-of-the-art facilities and performance venues give students all the experience they need to enter the world of professional music with the confidence of a seasoned musician.

We offer three degree programs in jazz studies: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music in performance or composition and Doctoral minor.

(Jazz degree details here)

Our graduates find work in commercial music as live and studio performers and as professional composers and arrangers.

Every year great jazz musicians come to USC to perform and work with the students. Past artists include luminaries like Louie Bellson, Steve Houghton, Marian McPartland, Bob Shephard, Steve Kujala, Bill Watrous, Marvin Stamm, Bill Holman, Jim McNeely, Randy Brecker, John Fedchock, Dick Oates, Dave Zoller, Ed Soph, Marcus Roberts Trio, The US Army Blues Band, Mark O'Connor and Hot Swing, The Andy LaVerne Trio, Benny Green and Russell Malone, Chris Potter, Patty Austin, Al Jarreau, The Mike Stern Trio and The Jeremy Kittel Band.

Auditions are required for students wanting to be jazz majors and students looking for scholarship money in the jazz studies program.

Jazz Faculty

 

Visit the USC Jazz Studies page on the intranet.