Degrees in Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies Undergraduate Degree Options

Students new to KU in Fall 2013 (and all semesters thereafter) must follow the degree requirement check sheets posted here, which include the KU Core. Students who were admitted to their current degree at KU prior to Fall 2013, please continue to follow the requirements in place when you began. In some instances, students who began prior to Fall 2013 can elect to change to the new degree requirements that include the KU Core. Please contact Rita Riley in the School of Music Student Services Office, Room 450 Murphy Hall, if you have any questions.

Jazz Studies Graduate Degree Options

Scholarships & Ensemble Auditions

Music scholarships are awarded to students majoring in music, except athletic band scholarships and jazz rhythm section scholarships. Scholarships are awarded only for the rhythm section (piano, bass, guitar, drums). 

Auditions for jazz ensembles and jazz combos are held during the first few days of classes. Information is posted at the KU Band Office, 124 Murphy Hall. For more information on jazz ensemble audition procedures and requirements, click here or contact Dan Gailey.

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Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
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