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Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance

Bachelor of Music in Jazz/Music Technology

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The Jazz Studies program is based around the small group performing experience for vocal and instrumental jazz majors (piano, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, trombone and woodwinds).

Jazz students participate in jazz combos, the Jazz Collective or Jazz Singers. In addition to core music classes, jazz students study improvisation, jazz theory, scoring and arranging, jazz pedagogy and history. The Jazz/Music Technology program includes what is essentially a minor in audio production, film scoring, MIDI techniques, studio recording and related courses.

Students work directly with a faculty mentor on final projects. Paul DeMarinis, director of jazz studies, is an internationally known saxophonist and composer. Other faculty members include an impressive roster of artist-teachers who remain active in performance pursuits.

"If you have an interest in being a highly skilled jazz player or an expert in music technology (or both!)," says Dr. Steve Schenkel, emeritus professor of jazz, "then Webster is a great place to be. Our entire program is based around small group playing, so all of our students have an opportunity to shine as individuals. Our audio recording and midi programs will immerse you in the latest technology under the guidance of world-class faculty."

If you plan to major or minor in music, you must complete an audition as part of your application to Webster. Check out our audition requirements and submit your application today.

Jazz students benefit from Webster's strong cooperation with Jazz St. Louis. The world-class Dennis Owsley Jazz Recording Collection is housed in Emerson Library.

As a student musician, seize the opportunity to hone your skills in Vienna, home to legendary composers Beethoven, Mozart and Strauss. Webster University established its Vienna campus in 1981. 

Students typically attend the Vienna campus in the junior year spring semester. Study jazz with a Viennese artist, take courses in music history (including Vienna's music traditions), and experience the vibrancy of Europe's musical capital.

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