Jazz Studies (B.A.)

You already know that New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. What better place to study such a rich genre of music in New Orleans than the city’s university? UNO recognizes the many musical benefits our locale offers and will help you take advantage of as many of them
as possible.

As a major in our jazz studies program, you will have many opportunities to practice your music through performance. You may, for instance, join the UNO Jazz All-Stars — an ensemble of current students who have played local venues such as the Jazz and Heritage Festival. Or you may take part in the Kobe/New Orleans Jazz Exchange Program, in which you will travel to Japan, compete in the Kobe Next Jazz Competition, and jam with young
Japanese musicians.

UNO also facilitates the Jazz at the Sandbar series, in which you get to take the stage with professional artists such as Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, and Randy Brecker. This experience will teach you how to prepare for a performance, communicate with the audience and your fellow musicians, and practice your improvisational skills.

Our music department has a recording studio that features state-of-the-art equipment and software, and will allow you to record your own music, as most of our students do. Additionally, we have a large recital hall, numerous practice rooms, and plenty of secure storage for instruments.

Once you have completed your degree, you may want to continue your study of jazz in our master’s program, or perhaps you’ll just want to start performing and recording. However you decide to pursue your career in jazz music, UNO will provide the breaks you need to follow your musical progression.

Department of Music

Curriculum & Requirements

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Selected Courses

  • Audio Recording
  • Advanced Jazz
    Theory and Harmony
  • Jazz Arranging