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Jazz Studies M.A.

The Jazz Studies program includes numerous large and small ensembles, and a comprehensive slate of courses in history, improvisation, and establishing a professional presence beyond our program. Graduate coursework and performance opportunities are designed to help develop/refine the skills necessary for life as a working jazz musician or in continuing on to doctoral study. One of the unique highlights of UI’s jazz master’s program is the creation of a capstone recording project in lieu of a written master’s thesis. Currently, there are four professors and four graduate teaching assistants serving more than three hundred students enrolled in jazz coursework each year. Graduate teaching assistantships may be available.

See Jazz Ensemble Auditions for audition requirements.

Degree Requirements

Performing Opportunities

Please contact Dr. Damani Phillips at (319) 384-2835, or e-mail for more information, or to schedule an audition.