Performance (Jazz), BMUS

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The BMus in performance with a concentration in jazz places an emphasis on the improvisational aspects of jazz. The curriculum combines jazz performance, composition and pedagogy in a program that allows the student to express himself or herself musically while emphasizing the skills necessary to pursue a career as a professional musician. The study of jazz performance can be a suitable background for work in:

  • contemporary composition
  • film scoring, writing and arranging
  • performance
  • private instruction
  • recording studios
  • teaching jazz pedagogy and other related fields in the music industry

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Performance (Jazz), BMUS

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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Career outlook

Graduates are prepared to work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:

  • accompanying
  • jazz composing or arranging
  • performing as a freelance musician in venues such as art galleries, churches, clubs, cruise ships, resorts, restaurants and theme parks
  • recording and studio work
  • teaching in a private studio or community program
  • working in music-related fields such as media production, music business, publishing and marketing

Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music or in another professional field.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Musicians, Instrumental6%*

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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