Jazz Studies

New York University

12 months
21540 USD/year
21540 USD/year
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Located in one of the world’s most vibrant centers for jazz, this Jazz Studies degree from New York University will give you advanced performance training and intensive academic course work with exceptional opportunities in the music industry.


You’ll perform weekly at landmark music venues, study one-on-one with our internationally acclaimed faculty, be mentored in entrepreneurship, and build a professional career in the modern jazz industry.

As a graduate student in the Jazz Studies degree from New York University, you'll build technical instrumental skills, learn how to fluently speak the language of jazz, and develop your own individual musical voice and expression. You'll have intensive rehearsal and performance opportunities, both on and off campus, through our 40+ jazz ensembles; through interaction with our Film Scoring, Music Technology, and Music Business programs; and at some of the world's greatest jazz venues, like Birdland and the Blue Note. Our faculty regularly call on graduate students as substitutes and even permanent members of professional ensembles throughout New York City.

Careers and Outcomes

You will achieve a level of performance excellence that makes it possible for you to enter the professional field of jazz performance. You’ll demonstrate and apply entrepreneurial skills essential to the real and varied world of the music profession. Whatever the career path you envision, whether a performer, teacher, researcher, or administrator, our artist-faculty will work closely with you to provide the expertise and opportunities necessary to realize your goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Private Wind/Percussion
  • Private String
  • Private Piano
  • Private Voice
  • The Roots of Jazz: An Original American Art Form
  • Seminar in Theory
  • Music Reference and Research Materials
  • Psychology of Music
  • Psychology of Music Education
  • Jazz Arranging: Process and Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 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.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts 
  • Proficiency in English
  • Audition Materials - You must submit an online audition video recording in the Portfolio section of your online application with the required repertoire: four selections of your choice that demonstrate the breadth and range of your work and a command of the jazz language. There are no live, on-campus graduate auditions.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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Jazz Studies
New York University