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Jazz Studies

The City University of New York

18 months
855 USD/credit 19950 USD/year
855 USD/credit 19950 USD/year
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The Aaron Copland School of Music at The City University of New York offers conservatory-level training in classical performance, jazz performance, and jazz composition, leading to the Master of Jazz Studies degree. 


The MM in Jazz Studies at The City University of New York includes private instruction, jazz ensembles, studies in jazz harmony, improvisation, arranging, recording techniques, and other courses suitedto the needs of today’s jazz musician. 

There are two tracks to the MM Program in Jazz, the performance track and the composer track. The requirements for these programs overlap, but there are differences. Both composers and performers must do a Graduate recital (uncredited) to graduate from the program.

Most students graduate in 4 semesters averaging 9 credit hours per semester. International students must take 9 credits per semester (except in their last semester) in accordance with the rules for F-1 Student Visas. It's possible to complete the program in 3 semesters and U.S. residents, particularly students who are working full time, can take longer than 4 semesters to complete the degree.

Learning outcomes

Students may major in either jazz performance or jazz composition.Electives are planned for the needs of the school music teacher or are drawn from other graduate music offerings. Concentrations in instrumental music, general music, jazz music education, composition pedagogy, and conducting are offered.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Arranging and Composition I and II
  • Jazz History
  • Harmony I
  • Jazz Style and Analysis
  • Counterpoint

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Fall Priority Deadline - July 1


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree, not necessarily in jazz. 
  • For jazz performers, an audition on the major instrument or voice. Jazz auditions are held at the college throughout the academic year. 
  • Jazz composition applicants must submit scores and recordings of their work. These works must include compositions and arrangements for large (10 or more piece) ensembles.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    19950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 855 USD per credit during 18 months.


  • Full-time - $5,545/semester
  • Part-time - $470/credit

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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