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Jazz Degree Programs


Undergraduate Jazz Program:

Jazz & African-American Music Studies (JAAMS):
Director: Professor Jeffrey W. Holmes,, (413) 545-6046

A jazz performance program which requires junior and senior recitals, plus courses that include jazz history, African-American music, jazz arranging and composition, jazz theory and improvisation, instrument- and voice-related classes, and applied lessons. Students also participate in a broad range of performance styles and ensembles, which is of great use when entering professional careers.
Links to detailed course subplans (pdf format) in Jazz:
Woodwind/Brass (current)      Woodwind/Brass (pre-Fall 2019)
Percussion/Drums (current)    Percussion/Drums (pre-Fall 2019)
Guitar (current)    Guitar (pre-Fall 2019)
Strings (current)    Strings (pre-Fall 2019)
Keyboard (current)    Keyboard (pre-Fall 2019)
Voice (current)     Voice (pre-Fall 2019)

Note: Incoming Fall 2019 JAAMS students will use the updated "current" subplans. Students matriculated before Fall 2019 may use either plan.

See also the Undergraduate Music Programs page & the
Undergraduate Audition Requirements page


Graduate Jazz Program:

Jazz Composition & Arranging
Director: Prof. Jeffrey W. Holmes,, (413) 545-6046
Entry Requirements on the Graduate Audition Requirements page
For Subplan/Degree Checklist: (PDF)
Download Graduate Music Handbook (pdf)
See also the Graduate Music Programs page

The jazz composition and arranging Masters program is intended for musicians who desire to pursue graduate study in the field of jazz studies in order to enhance their own artistry and prepare for professional careers in the jazz field.

Please note: There is no graduate degree in Jazz performance, but candidates for the Masters degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging may study one of the traditional jazz instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion/drums, bass, piano, voice or guitar, as well as play in jazz ensembles.