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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.

Career Profile

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 Year

MUSC 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 Year

CS 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

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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.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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