Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Education in Jazz at the University of Illinois at Chicago is designed for the student seeking a professional career in jazz and related fields of contemporary music. The objective is to develop the special talents of the creative jazz artist as well as the flexible skills required of the successful, well-rounded musician through information, exposure and experience. The comprehensive curriculum includes weekly private instruction, improvisation study in small classroom workshops, and extensive courses in jazz theory, arranging, composition, jazz history, and jazz keyboard.

Chicago provides a busy and diverse working environment for jazz, classical, and commercial musicians, and many students find professional playing opportunities off campus. The students of UIC can experience all that the Chicago jazz community has to offer. This experience includes many opportunities for exposure and interaction with organizations and events such as Jazz at Symphony Center, The Jazz Institute of Chicago, Jazz Unites, the Ravinia Festival, The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Millennium Park’s Made in Chicago Series and the world-renowned Chicago Jazz Festival.

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Jazz Faculty

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Andy Baker
Jazz Workshop, Jazz Combo, Jazz History, Applied Jazz Trombone, Jazz Improv, Jazz Aesthetics

Victor Garcia
Applied Jazz Trumpet

Victor Rafael Gonzalez
Latin Percussion

Charles "Rick" Heath IV
Jazz Percussion

Larry Kohut
Applied Jazz Bass

Chris Madsen
Jazz Ensemble, Jazz History, Jazz Arranging, Applied Jazz Saxophone

Daniel Murphy
Keyboard Skills, Jazz Theory and Keyboard, Applied Jazz Piano, Jazz History

Michael Stryker, Director
Jazz Ensemble

Zvonimir Tot
Music Theory, Counterpoint, Ear Training, Applied Jazz Guitar, Jazz Combo

Cheryl Wilson
Applied Jazz Vocals, Vocal Jazz Ensemble