You can pursue a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies in one of three tracks: performance, composition and pedagogy. At the doctoral level, we offer a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance with a concentration in Jazz Studies.
In lessons, small and large ensembles, classes, concerts, recitals and independent projects, our students develop as performers, composers and teachers. They’ve earned a wide range of recognitions over the years, including 10 DownBeat Student Music Awards in 2014.
Students participate in the region’s musical life while at UNT and later join a large community of successful jazz alumni.
The Division of Jazz Studies enjoys a long tradition of excellence, establishing the nation’s first undergraduate Jazz Studies program in 1946. We always seek new musical directions to remain connected to today’s jazz music scene and other music professions that our graduates enter.
Interest in our program is strong. We currently have 60 to 70 master’s students and nine doctoral students and graduate about 17 graduate students each year. Our primary goals are to:
- Prepare you for a successful career as a jazz performer, composer, arranger or educator
- Cultivate your knowledge of and appreciation for the jazz tradition and the broader musical traditions from which it’s grown
- Encourage your creative efforts and share your results on university, local, regional, national and international levels in performances and recordings
- Help you enter the profession through interactions with guest artists and learning about music industry entrepreneurship
You'll have many performance opportunities to choose from, including:
- Nine jazz lab bands, among them the six-time Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band®, directed by Jay Saunders
- Three Jazz Singers groups guided by Jennifer Barnes
- L-5 and Super 400 Electric Guitar Ensembles directed by Fred Hamilton and the graduate teaching fellows he mentors
- Latin Jazz Lab directed by José Aponte
- Jazz Chamber Music (approximately 25 small groups)
- Jazz Repertory Ensemble
- Zebras (a contemporary music ensemble)
- U-Tubes Jazz Trombone Ensemble
- 24 months
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We prefer master's applicants who have an undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies, but applicants can be admitted with undergraduate degrees in other music fields or in another field. We prefer doctoral applicants who have a master's degree in Jazz Studies, but applicants can be admitted with master's degrees in other music fields.
All applicants must participate in an in-person audition or submit a video recording. Applicants to the composition track are also expected to submit a portfolio of compositions and arrangements.
National17172 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 8586 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
In-State1800 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 900 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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