What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in 4 semesters (2 years)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Master of Music, Concentration in Jazz Studies, M.Mu.

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu

404-413-5965 

This concentration develops competence in jazz performance, improvisation and knowledge of jazz history, develops professional competence in establishing, organizing and maintaining a high school or college-level jazz programs and nurtures the creative talents of students in jazz arranging and composing.

The Jazz Studies program provides opportunities for students to participate in quality jazz organizations such as large jazz bands and jazz combos. In addition to the performance groups, a student may supplement his or her playing by participating in some of the academic jazz courses such as jazz improvisation, jazz arranging and jazz pedagogy, etc.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

Master of Music, Concentration in Jazz Studies, M.Mu.

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu

This concentration develops competence in jazz performance, improvisation and knowledge of jazz history, develops professional competence in establishing, organizing and maintaining a high school or college-level jazz programs and nurtures the creative talents of students in jazz arranging and composing.

The Jazz Studies program provides opportunities for students to participate in quality jazz organizations such as large jazz bands and jazz combos. In addition to the performance groups, a student may supplement his or her playing by participating in some of the academic jazz courses such as jazz improvisation, jazz arranging and jazz pedagogy, etc.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in 4 semesters (2 years)

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Program Highlights

  • Graduate Assistantships Available (Full Tuition plus Stipend)
  • As an international city, Atlanta attracts world-renowned classical and jazz artists, guest conductors, guest soloists and composers in-residence who come to our campus and collaborate with School of Music faculty and students through masterclasses and workshops, lectures and performances.
  • The school provides graduates with real practical experience and access to employment with a broad range of prestigious arts institutions and organizations, music festivals and Atlanta music establishments.
  • School of Music notable alumni include Coy Bowles (lead guitarist with the Zac Brown Band), composer Carlos Simon (winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Award and $15,000 Commission from American Composers Orchestra), conductor Henry Cheng (first prize winner, Inaugural European Union Conducting Competition) and trumpeter Darren English (recognized as one of most influential young graduates to represent Georgia State having received a 2018 Global Peace Song Award for his song “Pledge of Peace.”)
 

Careers

The graduate programs at the School of Music prepare students for competitive careers in performance, conducting, composition and music education.

Highlights include one-on-one lessons and mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, 100% job placement in the field of music education, successful placement in prestigious doctoral programs, the opportunity to network with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, practical experience from conferences to international music festival participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner pedagogical experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as solo performance artists, composers, placement in prestigious professional classical, jazz and operatic ensembles, private, K-12, college music educators, scholars and entrepreneurs, among others.

Program Details

A separate application to the School of Music is also required. All students must submit any required pre-screening audition materials and must complete in person auditions to be accepted. These deadlines and audition dates can be found on the School of Music website, https://music.gsu.edu/

In addition to the general requirements of the College of the Arts, the School of Music has the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or concentration in music, or the equivalent.
  2. Admission to the concentration in jazz studies is based on examination of one or more of the following: original compositions, arrangements, scholarly papers, audition and professional experience. An audition is required. The applicant must have had prior experience in improvisation. At the audition the applicant must demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the styles of swing, bebop, funk and contemporary jazz.
  3. Applicants are required to take placement examinations in music history and music theory before registering for coursework. Those applicants whose examination scores reveal deficiencies will be required to take appropriate additional coursework, which will not be applied to the graduate degree.

The Georgia State School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion. The goals and outcomes from a graduate degree include:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.
  1. Required Courses:
    • APXX 8000 Applied Instruction (3) (four semesters)
    • MUS 6170 Jazz Arranging (2)
    • MUS 6792 Jazz Theory (2)
    • MUS 6850 Jazz Styles (2)
    • MUS 7090 Jazz Band (1) [four semesters]
    • MUS 7160 Jazz Combo (.5) [four semesters]
    • MUS 8000 Introduction to Graduate Studies (2)
    • MUS 8220 Jazz Pedagogy (2)
    • MUS 8230 Jazz Program Administration (2)
  2. One 8000-level course in music history (3)
  3. One graduate-level course in music theory (3)
  4. A final project consisting of a public performance.
  5. Comprehensive examination

There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour (8000 level) lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour (6000 level) lesson. Additional lab fees for certain courses may apply.

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Contacts

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu

Administrative Specialist, Graduate
Ms. Ella Chamis
echamis@gsu.edu
404-413-5955 

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE, Ste. 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

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