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Jazz Studies: Music, M.M.

School of Music

Take the next step as a professional jazz musician ready to develop faculty-ready skills in improvisation, composing and performing in order to teach or enter into a doctoral music program.

Choose advanced training in jazz composition or jazz performance. Study in the corollary areas of theory and history. Work with digital technology to create and produce music. Perform with ensembles. Degree requirements include successfully passing an oral examination and the composition of an original jazz work or recital performance as a thesis.

Program Highlights

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    Expert Faculty

    Work with our unique gender-balanced faculty, and enjoy the many opportunities to perform in our facilities and venues.

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    Unique Spaces

    Find your home in our distinctive jazz-dedicated facilities like the Greene Street Jazz Church.

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    Distinguished School

    Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.

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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 continue with advanced jazz studies within two tracks, composition or performance. Work with digital technology to create and produce music. Participate in jazz or other ensembles and collaborate with other students and visiting artists. Demonstrate masters-level abilities in a graduate recital.

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

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

  • Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication


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


    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

  • Professor
  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Teacher

Workplace Settings

  • Music
  • Education