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 three 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 113-413-01: Jazz Band (3 semesters for a total of 3 credit hours)
- MUS 113-413-02: Chamber Jazz (3 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
Timothy Zifer, DMA
Professor of Music
Room 144, Krannert Hall of Art and Music
Zifer's Full Biography
Dr. Timothy Zifer, Professor of Music, holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Ohio University, a master of music in trumpet performance from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate in trumpet performance with a minor in wind conducting from Louisiana State University. Dr. Zifer teaches courses in applied trumpet, UE Jazz Ensemble I, UE Trumpet Ensemble, jazz studies, and music management. Dr. Zifer received the Dean's Teaching Award in 2010.
Dr. Zifer is the principal trumpet of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and is an active soloist and recitalist. He also serves as the principal trumpet and founding member of the Shepard Brass (UE Faculty Brass Quintet). Most recently, Dr. Zifer recorded Robert Russell Bennett's Rose Variations with the UE Wind Ensemble.
Prior to taking over the jazz program, Dr. Zifer served as director of bands (1996-2008). During this time the University of Evansville wind ensemble toured over 20 states and appeared at the 2001 International Trumpet Guild Conference, competed in the 2002 International Hawaiian Music Festival, and performed at the 2006 and 2008 Indiana Music Educators Association conventions. The UE Jazz Ensemble I has performed and competed at the prestigious Elmhurst Jazz Festival from 2008-2012, having received two honorable mentions and recognition for an original composition by a student. The UE Trumpet Ensemble has performed at the 2001 and 2004 International Trumpet Guild Conferences as well as the 2011 University of Kentucky TrumpetFest. In 2001, Dr. Zifer served as the conference host for the International Trumpet Guild Conference on the campus of UE. The conference brought in over 800 attendees from around the world and featured recitals, lectures, exhibits, and clinics by some of the world's leading trumpet professionals.
Music Management Jazz Studies Trumpet
Room 133, Krannert Hall of Art and Music