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Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

The BM in Jazz studies 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.

We’ll meet you where you are and take you where you want to go.

Student highlights:

“I chose UIC to get a chance to work with well-known musicians in their fields, including renowned Cheryl Wilson! At UIC I have the opportunity to grow in my craft alongside a diverse group of peers, guided by an amazing staff.”

— Matthew Mieling, Class of 2020, BMus Jazz Studies