Minor in Jazz Studies 

Make your college experience snazzy with jazz! 

Whether you’re majoring in physics or philosophy, accounting or art, if you’ve got an ear and a passion for jazz, this is the minor for you! Frostburg State University’s Jazz minor is open to any student curious to learn more about the theory, history and practice of jazz. The program offers classes covering all aspects of the musical genre, from its origins and influences to private instruction on the instrument of your choice.

  • Broaden your experience as a music major or pick up where you left off on prior music studies in an instrument or voice.
  • Explore the rich history of jazz as a musical genre with courses on theory, history, ensemble practice and private instruction as well as basic music theory and skills.

Jazz Studies Highlights

  • Develop your skills with a variety of musical performance groups to join, including the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combos. 
  • Take a break from practice to attend some of the many guest performances and recitals hosted by the Music Department every semester. Hearing what others have been working on is a great way to get ideas for your own music.
  • Shine in the classroom and on the stage! FSU’s Performing Arts Center features fully equipped MIDI and piano labs, two rehearsal halls and an exquisite recital hall with seating for over 450 patrons.

About Our Jazz Studies Faculty: 

  • Meet teachers who are active in their community as individuals and in groups like the Bill Green Quartet, which frequently plays in venues in and around Frostburg.
  • Learn with a team of passionate musical professionals, each with their own unique musical career and dedicated to helping you start yours.

Sample Jazz Studies Courses: 

Jazz Theory & Analysis – Emphasis on the development of analytical skills and vocabulary as applied to jazz composition and improvisation. Students will demonstrate their increased skills through written assignments and performance.

Jazz History – Exploration of the roots and development of jazz as an American art form from the late 19th to 21st century; examination of influences from Africa, South America and Europe; discussion of important artists, genres and style characteristics of instrumental and vocal jazz.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Jazz Studies program

Career Outlook for Musicians 

While the dedication required for a music program will help you in any field you choose, having specialized training and experience in music also opens doors for you as a musical artist, whether you pursue music as a hobby or as a professional. Trained musicians are often asked to perform for a wide variety of occasions and venues, such as weddings, churches, bars, recording studios, musical theatre and orchestras. A strong performance history and good audition often count more than your level of formal training. For more information on music careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Musicians & Singers or Music Directors & Composers.

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