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Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies at Pacific

The Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies is designed to give graduates real-life skills for their performance careers. In addition to coursework in improvisation, theory, and applied performance, we require classes in music management and work in a recording studio. Students will learn about the big picture of current industry trends and how to manage their careers as a business. They will also have the flexibility to study independently with any jazz faculty, regardless of instrument, providing a breadth and diversity of musical exposure.

Our Jazz Studies program has been well-represented at festivals and competitions on the west coast, and our students learn from accomplished faculty, guest artists, and clinicians. Improvisation is alive and well at Pacific!

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Performance Track: Geared toward musicians who want to focus on a career in jazz performance. Students will learn skills preparing them for work in a variety of settings: studios, cruise ships, armed forces ensembles, or leader/sideman in live work. Some students will also choose to further their educations and obtain a graduate degree.

Composition Track: Emphasizes the skills of writing and composing jazz music. There is still a large element of performance education required in this degree, and students are exposed to a range of musical styles from which they can develop their own compositional voices.

Accelerated Three-Year Honors Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies: One of the few three-year degree programs in the country, this program is designed for students with a high level of jazz performance skills enabling them to go directly into higher division courses. Students can complete this degree in three years, usually including one summer session.

Minor in Jazz Studies

The jazz studies minor is intended for students who have an interest in jazz but want to major in another area. Typically, students pursuing the minor played in their high school jazz ensemble and want to continue their personal musical development and exploration. Comprising 20 units, the jazz studies minor still gives students the opportunity for applied lessons and participation in ensembles.

Brubeck Institute

Exceptional Jazz Studies majors will be encouraged to audition for the Brubeck Institute's Fellowship Program. Visit www.BrubeckInstitute.org to learn more.

Students in the Jazz Studies program participate in and benefit from all clinics, workshops, and other on-campus experiences provided to the Brubeck Fellows. All students also have access to the Brubeck Archive, and participate in the annual Brubeck Festival.

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Pre-College Jazz Studies

The Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies Department is actively engaged in the community. We give our students multiple opportunities to perform in local schools and we invite pre-college jazz musicians to learn and play music with the Conservatory faculty and students during our summer jazz programs:

Jazz Studies Faculty

Patrick Langham
Program Director for Jazz Studies and Executive Director of the Brubeck institute
BM, MM, University of Tennessee-Knoxville 

Past Jazz Studies Guest Artists

Dave Brubeck
Nicolas Payton
Ingrid Jensen
Christian McBride
Bennie Maupin
Mulgrew Miller
Conrad Herwig
Greg Tardy

Geoffrey Keezer
Chris Potter
Rufus Reid
Jim Snidero
Jimmy Heath
Bobby Watson
Wynton Marsalis
Bobby Militello

B.M. Jazz Studies Composition 4-Year Plan
B.M. Jazz Studies Performance 4-Year Plan