The mission of the Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Degree Programs is to: (1) prepare jazz instrumentalists to enter the music profession or graduate school; (2) identify, recruit, and retain high quality students who seek to pursue studio/jazz performance as a career; (3) foster faculty creativity and performance which serves as a role model for students; (4) develop, and revise courses in jazz improvisation, jazz arranging/composition and provide on and off campus performance opportunities; (5) produce in our on campus facility, recordings for the Down Beat Student Music Awards, compact disks, radio and Internet broadcast; and (6) provide a platform of learning that includes performance, composition/arranging, technology, conducting, scholarship and production.