Jazz Writing Skills

University of Rochester

12 months
1790 USD/credit
1790 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Jazz Writing Skills program of University of Rochester has been internationally recognized since the early 1970s.


For almost two decades, Professors Rayburn Wright and Bill Dobbins forged the jazz composition and arranging courses and guided numerous students toward prominent writing careers. Prior to the return of Bill Dobbins in 2002, Eastman alumnus Fred Sturm, a protégé of both Wright and Dobbins, assumed the reins of the writing program in 1991 and fostered the development of almost 200 new student jazz works and several award-winning writers.

Today, the majors in the Jazz Writing Skills program of University of Rochester engage in a broad range of composing and arranging experiences that include:

  • Personal production of a media project featuring the student’s own works
  • Presentation of a 60-minute final degree recital featuring the student’s works
  • Writing for the Eastman large jazz ensembles
  • Writing for the 70-piece Eastman Studio Orchestra
  • Writing for the Eastman Jazz Performance Workshop Ensembles (small groups)
  • Creating custom charts to feature visiting professional jazz guest artists

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Jazz Composition
  • Large Jazz Ensemble
  • Analytical and Descriptive Writing in Jazz 
  • Jazz Pedagogy 
  • History of Jazz Styles
  • Jazz Performance Workshop

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application and Application Fee
  • Audition
  • Personal statement and résumé (uploaded online within the application)
  • Recommendations (3)
  • Transcripts (must represent all collegiate study)
  • Scores: required of Composition applicants, and Jazz applicants who are applying for the writing concentration

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1790 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1790 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1790 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1790 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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