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B.F.A. in Jazz Studies

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Jazz Studies offers a full range of theory and applied instruction in the area of jazz. It includes courses in jazz theory and harmony, improvisation, jazz history, music notation software, arranging, and vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles. The Jazz Clinic Series presents four master classes per semester, presented by the world’s leading jazz performers.

Students may also choose to include other academic concentrations such as media arts, education or business in their course of study. In all programs, a strong academic foundation is provided by the diverse core curriculum of the Brooklyn Campus.

Music majors have the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of professional musicians who live and perform in New York City and the surrounding area – the entertainment and music mecca of the world. Leading jazz professionals participate in the Jazz Studies program as class instructors, ensemble directors, clinicians and private teachers.

The core B. F. A. in Jazz Studies includes:

  • Jazz Ear Training
  • Traditional Music History
  • Jazz History
  • Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation
  • Ensembles
  • Private Instruction

Recommended Music Electives include:

  • Conducting
  • Jazz Clinics
  • Digital Audio
  • Music Business