Music Performance: Jazz Studies
The performance curricula are designed for students wishing to prepare themselves as performers or as teachers of a particular instrument or voice. A variety of performance opportunities are available; the many small jazz ensembles perform jazz styles ranging from Bebop, Fusion, Salsa and vocal jazz, to the avant-garde. The large ensembles perform original student compositions and the music of contemporary composers, in addition to traditional big band.
The increased interest of society today in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional musician and for the private music teacher. Our alumni are successful artists, performers, educators and teachers.
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearMUSC 162 Written Theory 1 MUSC 161 Aural Theory 1 MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 MUSC 138 Voice Class 1 WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
Senior YearCS 101 Intro-Computer Applications MUSC 422 Applied Music: Jazz MUSC 353 Chmbr Musc: Jazz Big Band 1 MUSC 488 Recital MUSC 353B Chamber Music:Jazz Small Group
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- WVU Jazz Ensembles introduce students throughout the region to improvisation with performances and clinics.
- Average class size in the School of Music is 15.
- The WVU Creative Arts Center has four major performance spaces for musicians, including the 1,444-seat Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre.
- The Jazz Area features ten different ensembles ranging in size from piano trios to big bands.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.