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Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies The Ohio State University


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Jazz studies is a major that offers in-depth study in the history and literature of jazz, improvisation, jazz arranging and composition, jazz theory and pedagogy, applied music lessons in jazz, and performance opportunities in both jazz combos and big bands. Students majoring in jazz studies elect to complete either an emphasis in jazz performance or jazz composition. Upon completion of the program, a student receives a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.

Students majoring in jazz studies will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Students must demonstrate achievement of professional, entry-level competence in the area of specialization, including significant technical mastery, capability to produce work and solve professional problems independently, and a coherent set of artistic/intellectual goals that are evident in their work.
  • Students will have the ability to communicate musical ideas, concepts and requirements to professionals and lay persons related to the practice of the major field. Such communication may involve musical, oral, written and visual media.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the nature of the music field in the professional world, particularly related to organizational structures, work ethics, technological resources and entrepreneurial skills required for advancing their careers
  • Students will gain experiences in general studies sufficient to prepare them for a range of career options.

Career Prospects in Music - Jazz Studies

Students in jazz studies have a variety of career opportunities. Some graduates begin playing professionally either as a soloist or in a group following their collegiate experience. Other opportunities include studio work as performers and writers or freelance work. In addition, some graduates move into business and industry or other music-related careers.

Those interested in pursuing a professional career as a performer usually continue directly into graduate study upon completion of the undergraduate degree. The same is true of students interested in securing a position as a jazz studies teacher at a college or university.

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Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$33,670.00 (23,94,503) per year


20-Aug-19, 06-Jan-20


College of Arts and Sciences

186 University Hall,

230 North Oval Mall,



43210, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicant must have successful completion of university preparatory courses, high school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA, Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community, Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement, Status as a first-generation university student, Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area and High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors. English proficiency level TOEFL: 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test and IELTS: 6.5 or higher

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