Jazz Studies Certificate

The Jazz Studies Certificate is a 12 credit hour program that includes the performance of jazz and in-depth courses exploring and analyzing its history, theory, and skills. This certificate is open to any UE student (major or non-major) who has completed the prerequisite courses and has also received permission from the instructors.

Music majors may elect to obtain the certificate in order to become a more qualified teacher or performer in jazz, while non-majors may enroll in order to maintain their music studies beyond high school. Admission is gained through a successful in-person audition and interview with the appropriate faculty.

The curriculum includes courses in arranging, improvisation, history and theory in addition to at least 3 semesters of performance experience.

Jazz Studies Certificate Required Courses (12 credit hours)

  • MUS 158: Jazz History (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 243: Jazz Theory (2 credit hours)
  • MUS 343: Jazz Arranging (2 credit hours)
  • MUS 245: Jazz Improvisation (2 credit hours)
  • MUS 113-413: Jazz Ensemble I (three semesters for a total of 3 credit hours)

"I hope you consider continuing your interest in jazz at the University of Evansville and become a part of our ensembles and academic courses. The Jazz Studies Certificate can serve as a tangible validation of your interest and achievement in this area.

We have two big bands that perform jazz, swing, be-bop, fusion and neoclassical jazz in concerts both on and off campus and tours, most recently at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival. I hope to meet you when you attend an upcoming Open House, or set an audition. For additional information, please contact the Music Conservatory at 800-423-8633, ext. 2742 or fill in the online form."

Dr. Timothy Zifer, Director of Jazz
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Timothy Zifer, DMA

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