Performance (Jazz), BMUS

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If you are interested in contemporary composition; film scoring, writing and arranging; performance; private instruction; recording studios; or teaching jazz pedagogy and other related fields in the music industry, the study of jazz performance is for you.

The BMus in performance with a concentration in jazz prepares students for professional careers and leadership roles in jazz and related fields of contemporary music by promoting flexible musicianship and an understanding of the jazz tradition.

The curriculum includes course offerings in jazz performance, composition, arranging, history, theory, aural skills and pedagogy and is designed to incentivize artistic expression, innovation, and the exploration of blues-based improvisation, bebop, Latin jazz, swing and soul music. Students in the ASU jazz studies program will find an abundance of performance opportunities in the many university ensembles and professional groups that perform in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

At A Glance

Performance (Jazz), BMUS

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

Application Procedures + Requirements

Application Deadlines
Spring 2021: October 15, 2020
Fall 2021: January 5, 2021

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Important: Applicants must submit an ASU application for undergraduate admission in addition to a separate School of Music application. Students should visit https://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-steps-to-apply for details. Admission to the School of Music is based on an audition. Live auditions take place on campus in November (spring admission) and in January and February (fall admission) of each year. Applicants may review audition information at http://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-auditions.

Admission to the School of Music is highly selective and based on an audition process. Students are admitted as music audition students and must successfully complete the audition before enrolling in music major courses. Upon admission to both ASU and the School of Music, the applicant's major will be changed to music. In the event a student is admitted to ASU but not to the School of Music or misses the audition deadline, the student will remain as a music audition major and will need to successfully pass the music audition milestone in the first semester in order to gain admission into the program.

Application Deadlines: Students should visit https://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-deadlines-fees for complete music deadlines.

Spring 2020: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is Oct. 15, 2019.

Fall 2020: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is Jan. 5, 2020.

Career outlook

Graduates are prepared to work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:

  • accompanying
  • jazz composing or arranging
  • performing as a freelance musician in venues such as art galleries, churches, clubs, cruise ships, resorts, restaurants and theme parks
  • recording and studio work
  • teaching in a private studio or community program
  • working in music-related fields such as media production, music business, publishing and marketing

Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music or in another professional field.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Musicians, Instrumental6%*

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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