Jazz Studies

Welcome to Jazz Studies

The NYU Jazz program strives to create an environment modeled after the real-life experiences of our world-class faculty. Studies in jazz performance at NYU are designed to train and develop artists capable of succeeding in the current music industry. NYU Jazz provides aspiring students advanced performance training combined with the finest related academic and music courses designed to encourage entrepreneurship. The B.M., M.M. and Ph.D. programs in jazz performance and composition draw outstanding performers and composers interested in advanced training and extraordinary opportunities in the music industry. 

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, the world's Mecca for jazz music, students are offered direct and immediate interaction and performance opportunities with internationally acclaimed artists and educators as well as industry executives and entrepreneurs. NYU faculty and students are shaping the future of jazz.  Students perform weekly at landmark venues including the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Village Vanguard, Birdland, the Jazz Standard, the Knitting Factory, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. 

Direct and constant student interaction with our artist/faculty is key to the NYU experience. Through private instruction, ensemble participation, master classes, live interviews with jazz legends, live performance opportunities and informal one-on-one time, students learn "hands on" by assimilating their craft through their environment. Course study includes jazz theory, arranging, composition, entrepreneurship, jazz history, and jazz industry internships.

The Department's acclaimed programs of study in Music Business (B.M., M.A.), Music Technology (B.M., M.M., Ph.D.), Music Composition (B.M., M.M., Ph.D.), and Music Education (B.M., M.A., Ph.D.) provide a rich and valuable array of elective courses for jazz music performance majors that prepare them for an ever-changing music industry and musical climate. Our undergraduate and graduate students benefit from the extraordinary opportunities available through the diverse offerings of a major university in the cultural capital of the world, New York City. Our reputation, faculty and location provide students with a unique opportunity to develop as performers and to make the contacts necessary to launch a professional career in the globalized jazz world.

For further information please contact the Jazz office:
By phone: 212-998-5446
By email (preferred): ds38@nyu.edu

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