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What is the Studio Music and Jazz Department at the Frost school of Music?

The mission of the Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Degree Programs is to:

• Prepare jazz instrumentalists and vocalists to enter the music profession or graduate school;
• Identify, recruit, and retain high quality students who seek to pursue studio/jazz performance as a career;
• Foster faculty creativity and performance which serves as a role model for students;
• Develop, and revise courses in jazz improvisation, jazz arranging/composition and provide on and off campus performance opportunities;
• Produce in our on campus facility, recordings for the Down Beat Student Music Awards, compact disks, radio and Internet broadcast; and
• Provide a platform of learning that includes performance, composition/arranging, technology, conducting, scholarship and production.

What distinguishes it from other programs throughout the world?

• A track record of excellence.
• Over 150 Down Beat Awards.
• Many well known alumni.
• An experienced teaching staff that are on campus on a daily basis.
• Many visiting artists and clinicians.

What can students expect from their experience?

• A talented student body at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
• Small classes.
• Diverse ensemble experience including classical performance opportunities.
• Many recording opportunities.