Jazz Degrees


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Jazz Studies

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Jazz Studies at Marshall University provides the theoretical background and performance experiences necessary for the graduate to succeed as a jazz musician in the rigors of today’s music profession.

Thirteen classes are offered in Jazz Studies, including:

Jazz Improvisation I-IV Jazz Theory
Jazz Arranging Jazz History
Studio Lessons Jazz Ensembles
Jazz Combos/Small Group Jazz Literature
Jazz Pedagogy Jazz Styles
Jazz Class Piano

BFA Jazz Studies Degree Outline (PDF)

Master of Arts (MA) in Jazz Studies

Required Classes (27 Credits)

MUS 6XX    Applied Music (8)
MUS 512     Advanced Jazz Pedagogy and Conducting (3)
MUS 559     Jazz Ensemble (4)
MUS 560     Jazz Improv Ensemble (4)
MUS 513     Advanced Jazz Styles and Analysis  (2)
MUS 621     Music Research Methods (3)
MUS 681     Recital (3)

Electives (5 Credits)

MUS 649     Advanced Jazz Arranging (3)
MUS 631     Advanced Jazz Improvisation (2)
MUS 657     Jazz History (3)
Other Graduate Music Courses

Students must follow departmental policies in preparing and presenting the graduate performance recital.