The Jazz Studies program at Illinois State University is designed to help dedicated students develop their abilities as jazz performers, composers, and arrangers. The curriculum includes private instruction, ensembles, and numerous classes on topics such as improvisation, theory, arranging, and history. Students must adopt a focused, deliberate approach to developing creativity and originality while drawing extensively on well established jazz traditions.
Point of Pride
Students with School of Music majors and minors receive individualized instruction taught by professors (not teaching assistants) on all wind, brass, and percussion instruments, as well as piano, voice, and strings (including classical guitar).
Why study Jazz Studies?
Jazz is a highly developed and sophisticated art form that offers a great freedom for individual and group expression to those who delve deep into the learning process. If you love the idea of working hard to grow as a jazz improviser, composer, and arranger, a jazz studies major may be right for you.
To be considered for admittance into the jazz studies program at Illinois State, students must have a strong background in jazz and classical music, and must complete auditions in both styles.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!
Applying to the Program
- Complete your application for admission, including selecting an audition date
- Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each studio to prepare for your audition. It is also recommended that you contact your respective applied faculty member and/or the Director of Jazz Studies for further information about the audition.
- Please provide a letter of recommendation from a music professional to:
Undergraduate Music Admissions
Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-5660