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How long will it take?

Music students must pass a qualifying examination specific to their concentration during their fourth semester of study. The rising junior jury determines whether the student has made adequate progress to qualify for entry to the 3000-level of applied music study. (4 years)

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Jazz Studies, B.Mu.

Georgia State's Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Jazz Studies offers a comprehensive approach to developing competence in jazz performance, improvisation, and knowledge of jazz history. It also equips students with professional skills in establishing and maintaining high school or college-level jazz programs while nurturing their creative talents in jazz arranging and composing.

The program provides valuable opportunities for students to engage in quality jazz organizations, including large jazz bands and jazz combos. Furthermore, students will enhance their playing by participating in academic jazz courses such as jazz improvisation, jazz arranging and jazz pedagogy, among others. This integrated approach ensures a well-rounded jazz education and fosters both practical and academic growth in the field.

We offer jazz studies degrees in the following areas:

  • Instrumental
  • Voice
  • Piano

Program Highlights

Invaluable Opportunities

The Jazz Studies program at Georgia State provides opportunities for students to participate in quality jazz organizations such as large jazz bands and jazz combos.

The School of Music provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences with opportunities to perform alongside jazz industry titans such as Tom Scott, Miguel Zenon, Etienne Charles and many more.

Jazz band playing

Jazz band playing concert

Vibrant Downtown Music Scene

GSU’s downtown Atlanta location fosters connections with local music ensembles and venues, like Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Red Light Cafe, City Winery, Atlanta Opera, nearby theaters, schools and churches.

Alumni, faculty and students participate in the thriving music scene, performing in various professional groups within the city.

Career Outlook

A jazz studies degree from Georgia State University equips graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue diverse and rewarding careers within the dynamic and vibrant music industry.
Performer: You can work as a professional jazz musician, either as a solo artist or as part of a band or ensemble. You might perform at jazz clubs, festivals, concerts, private events or even become a session musician for recording studios.

Music Educator: Many jazz studies graduates go on to become music educators, teaching jazz and other music-related courses at various levels, from elementary to college. You could work in public or private schools, community music schools or offer private lessons.

Composer/Arranger: Your jazz studies degree can lead you to become a composer or arranger, creating original jazz compositions or arranging existing music for jazz ensembles, big bands or orchestras.

Group of jazz performers playing

Program Details

To be considered for admission, students applying to the School of Music at Georgia State University are required to complete a separate application through the Acceptd platform.

Prospective students applying for any Bachelor of Music degree program in any concentration (Performance, Composition, Jazz Studies or Music Education) must perform a live audition. Students applying for the Bachelor of Science degree in either concentration (Music Management or Music Production & Audio Recording,) must either perform a live audition or submit a digital portfolio before beginning first-year coursework in music. Audition requirements, important deadlines and audition dates can be found on the Music School Application page.

The Jazz Studies curriculum at GSU provides an immersive and comprehensive education for aspiring jazz musicians. Students in this program receive expert instruction from accomplished faculty and have access to a vibrant jazz community. The curriculum encompasses a wide range of courses, including jazz theory, improvisation, history and performance. Students gain practical experience through participation in jazz ensembles, private lessons and performance opportunities at renowned venues. The program emphasizes individual artistic development, ensemble collaboration and the exploration of diverse jazz styles. Graduates of our Jazz Studies program emerge as versatile and skilled musicians, well-prepared to pursue successful careers in the ever-evolving world of jazz.

For complete degree requirements, visit the catalog.

At Georgia State, we understand that students come to our institution from a range of financial backgrounds. We value the investment our students make in their education, and we aim to provide access to scholarships and aid opportunities that can support students through their academic journey.

Learn more about tuition rates or use Georgia State’s cost calculator to determine the investment required for your course of study.

Fees

There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour (8000 level) lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour (6000 level) lesson. Additional lab fees for certain courses may apply.

The School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion. The goals and outcomes from an undergraduate degree include:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music-making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.

Contacts

Admissions
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Undergraduate Admissions
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