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 to receive a decision by the end of the year, and for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. You will select your audition time within the application for admission.
Applying to the Program
- Complete your application for admission, including selecting an audition date—we'll email you with a confirmation for your audition.
- Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each music studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
- Visit your portal to upload:
- a letter of recommendation from a music professional
- a music resume