Jazz and American contemporary music are the foundations of the University of the Arts' School of Music. Here, you'll have private lessons, one-on-one with top jazz musicians and composers, and perform in any of our 50-plus ensembles that range from our nationally recognized big bands (3), to an innovative bucket-drumming ensemble, a 110-voice chorus, a Brazilian samba band, a rock and jazz fusion ensemble, and more than 20 small jazz groups.
Although our programs of study are firmly rooted in jazz, we embrace all music — from Count Basie to Chick Corea, be-bop to J.S Bach, New Orleans jazz to acid jazz, rock and original music to electronic music. Performing, composing, teaching, music business — you can explore it all in the center of the arts district in a city known for its pioneering roots in American music. Of course, you can also take advantage of one of our four different minor programs and study-abroad opportunities.
Our students improvise and collaborate with each other and with faculty across campus, building upon a powerful foundation that includes theory, musicianship, history, music and recording technology, music business, the liberal arts, and entrepreneurial activities, in order to create a style and musical voice that's all their own. School of Music students are creative problem-solvers who discover, challenge and change as they develop as musicians, artists and educated individuals prepared to take the next step in their exciting careers.