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Jazz Studies: Music, B.M.

School of Music

Become an innovative music professional through our dynamic jazz education program that will allow you to improvise, compose, produce, arrange and engineer while pursuing a global academic education.

A bachelor of music with an area of emphasis in jazz studies provides the foundation to master your primary instrument and bring out the music inside of you. Enjoy unique educational experiences and performing opportunities with diverse ensembles. Find your home in our one-of-a-kind Greene Street Jazz Church. An audition is required.

Program Highlights

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    Authentic Experiences

    Fuse performance, composition and arranging into a study plan that prepares you for the professional performance world.

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    Essential Skills

    Become solid in the fundamental skills of ear training, keyboard technique, music theory and arranging.

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    Expert Faculty

    Work with our world-class faculty, and enjoy the many opportunities to perform in our first class facilities and venues.

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    Supportive Community

    Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.

What You’ll Study

Perform music and study jazz theory, aural skills, music history, improvisation and jazz literature. Work with digital technology to create and produce music. Participate in jazz or other ensembles, and collaborate with other students and visiting artists. Demonstrate fundamental piano skills and perform juried exams.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Performance

    Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication

  • Networking

    Building relationships and making connections with others to advance personal or professional goals

    Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Musician
  • Performer
  • Arranger
  • Artist
  • Composer

Workplace Settings

  • Music
  • Business
  • Education

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

The jazz faculty here is the reason why I fell in love with jazz. Their passion for the music and their desire for students to succeed provide such a great environment in the jazz studies department. All of the students and staff members are here to support each other and to grow together.

Kris Phelps
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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