School of Music

Jazz Studies

Among the Best


The Washington State University Jazz Studies Program has earned a national reputation. Ensembles and individuals have received awards from Down Beat magazine and earned top honors at major festivals. University groups regularly present invited performances at prestigious conferences. Additionally they tour, record, and perform with distinguished guest artists.

Students in the Jazz Studies Program work with an internationally recognized faculty and have the opportunity to perform in a variety of award-winning ensembles including jazz big bands, vocal jazz ensembles, and combos. Additionally, classes are offered in improvisation, jazz theory, jazz composition and arranging, and jazz history. Degrees offered include a Master of Arts with a Jazz Option, a Bachelor of Music in Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz, and a Jazz Minor.

Washington State University graduates are performing, recording, and touring world-wide with some of the biggest names in jazz. Many WSU graduates have accepted prestigious positions at universities, colleges and leading public school programs.

 

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Brian Ward PhotoJazz Piano Professor Brian Ward Assisted with
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WSU Jazz Big Band CD Zoot Suit Reviewed at All About Jazz

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Faculty Quartet Nighthawk featured at the 2012 Jazz Education Network Conference

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Matt Lanka showcased in Jazziz Magazine

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