Jazz Studies

Jazz studies students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point train in music research and music development. Students develop fundamental research skills through transcription and performance of seminal and contemporary jazz works. The application of these principles to the creation of new music, informed by life experiences and aesthetic values, is crucial to students’ development as artists. Composition and improvisation are at the heart of the jazz studies curriculum.

Explore Career Opportunities in Jazz Studies

Students in the jazz studies program learn to work in teams and to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Graduates become outstanding

  • Jazz Performer, Musician, Singer
  • Music Director
  • Composer
  • Concertmaster
  • Recording artist
  • Conductor
  • Private Teacher

Students can also be involved in music law, journalism, or merchandising; music-related software development; or management of artists or artistic organizations. Many choose to continue their studies in a graduate program.

Get Involved on Campus 

Students frequently learn from guest artists, who teach master classes during their visits to campus. Artists such as Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center and Otis Murphy offer expert instruction as well as insight about the life of a professional musician. When not in class, students can participate in

  • Jazz Repertory Concerts
  • Jazz Composer's Concerts
  • UW-Stevens Point Jazz Festival
  • Jazz Jam Sessions at the Dreyfus University Center
  • Student Jazz Recitals
  • UWSP Wausau Vocal Jazz Festival

Students also may join service and pre-professional organizations sponsored by the department.

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

There are many opportunites to perfrom outside in the community including:

  • The Riverfront Jazz Festival
  • Summer Ensembles
  • Summer Music Venues

​UW-Stevens Point’s has a great student-to-teacher ratio which means that majors receive excellent guidance and mentoring that supports personal and academic success. Faculty members are accessible and happy to help majors get the most out of their educational experience. Meet your professors!

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