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Jazz Studies, B.A.

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The Jazz Studies track is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as jazz performers, arrangers, composers or jazz educators and for students planning to go to graduate school in related areas. Jazz majors are required to take a rigorous core of jazz harmony and aural skills, jazz improvisation, jazz history and jazz arranging and composition courses.  Each semester in the program, students will take applied studio lessons on their primary instrument/voice, as well as participate in a jazz combo and a large ensemble, performing on that instrument. They will also take applied jazz piano lessons until completion of the Jazz Piano Proficiency Examination.  Their program of study culminates with the presentation of their Senior Jazz Concert.

Entrance into the Jazz Studies performance track is determined by audition with the jazz faculty.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music .

Major Requirements

Applied Jazz Lessons

  • Applied Jazz lessons on primary instrument/voice each semester
  • Applied Jazz Piano lessons until completion of the Jazz Piano Proficiency Examination

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Private piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam (or Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam for Jazz Studies Majors).
  • Complete the Senior Jazz Project/Concert.
  • Ensemble participation required each semester. Students must register in order to be eligible to participate in ensembles.  Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.


*Students must consult the North Central College catalog for other degree requirements.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements  within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

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