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Music Performance: Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies encourages study, training and performance in all forms of creative improvised music, jazz and world music. You’ll expand your creative vision and gain a global perspective.


What is Music Performance: Jazz Studies at WVU like?


Our Jazz Studies program is designed for students who want to develop comprehensive capabilities in various jazz and pop idioms. All aspects of jazz are studied, from the early music to the most recent developments in creative improvised music.

The program's flexibility can be adapted to a rapidly changing market and unique areas of interest, and provides excellent preparation for graduate study in music. Students work as performers and composers/arrangers with a variety of jazz and studio music idioms in various settings and with many sizes and types of ensembles.

Many performance opportunities are available. Small jazz ensembles perform styles ranging from Bebop to Fusion to Salsa to the avant-garde. Large ensembles perform original student compositions and the music of contemporary composers, in addition to traditional big band literature.

All interested students must apply to the University and audition for the School of Music for acceptance.

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What makes Music Performance: Jazz Studies at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • The Evansdale Library, just a short walk from the Creative Arts Center, houses printed and sound music resources.
  • Courses in music industry and recording offered.
  • Creative Arts Center facilities include rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, classrooms and electronic music laboratory.
  • Wide variety of performance opportunities available, both in large ensembles (i.e., big band) and smaller jazz combos of various styles.

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What can you do with this degree?

Performance opportunities after graduation include freelancing, performing for orchestras and military organizations, and performing in the entertainment industry.

Most graduates further their education by pursuing a graduate degree(s) in music.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Music Performance: Jazz Studies major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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What are the courses like in Music Performance: Jazz Studies at WVU?

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Cost and Aid

How much does Music Performance: Jazz Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $407
Per Semester $4,884
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,768
Per Credit $1,096
Per Semester $13,152
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,304
Per Credit $1,096
Per Semester $13,452
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,904
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

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What are the requirements to apply for Music Performance: Jazz Studies at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Music Performance: Jazz Studies major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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