University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Music and Dance

Jazz Studies Concentration

The UVM Jazz Studies Program's guiding principle is that which has inspired jazz musicians from the very beginning: the quest for an individual sound and style. Become a part of UVM Jazz Studies and experience the excitement and energy of a dynamic and growing jazz program.

World-class faculty guide you through a challenging and rewarding jazz curriculum

Students learn fundamentals through classroom and individual study with our world-class faculty. Beginning with courses in traditional "classical" theory, our students progress into jazz-oriented courses such as Theory and Practice of Jazz Improvisation I, Jazz History, and Introduction to World Music Cultures. Upper level courses include Jazz Composition and Arranging and Advanced Improvisational Techniques. View music courses.

All Jazz Studies majors learn basic jazz piano in our Piano Lab. Students may also elect to receive training in the latest music software and recording techniques in our state-of-the-art Music Technology Lab. Read more about our facilities.


A new digital recording studio is scheduled for construction over the summer of 2014 in order to be available as part of our new Music Technology and Business Program in Fall 2014.

Opportunities to perform and learn from the masters

Students get the opportunity to perform in a wide range of ensembles from big band and Latin jazz to post-bop and beyond. Learn more about our jazz ensembles. Each year, through residencies, master classes, and concerts students work directly with some of the greatest names in jazz. Read about past visiting artists and master class experiences.

Unmatched experience

Our location in Burlington, Vermont offers a vibrant live music scene where students have ample opportunity to experiment musically and to hone their skills in front of appreciative audiences. In coffee houses, clubs and restaurants such as the world-renowned Nectar's, Radio Bean, Club Metronome, Red Square, Higher Ground, Juniper and others, students discover their own distinctive musical voices.

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