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Jazz Studies, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
West Hartford, CT, United States
Students in the Jazz Studies program at University of Hartford perform both on and off campus and have opportunities to perform and interact with internationally recognized jazz musicians in our Visiting Artist Series.
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Through the curriculum of the Jazz Studies program at University of Hartford, there is historical analysis, perspective, narratives on improvisation, and dialogue concerning the expression of jazz music.  Using these practices along with tutelage and cultivation, students will realize their choices to create an individual style.

Goals of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz

  • To examine and explore the history and origins of jazz music and the innovators who propelled the evolution of the art form.
  • To develop musicianship through jazz theory, ear training, keyboard skills, ensemble playing, composing, improvisation arranging, and in public performance.
  • To obtain an understanding of elements and structure of music and how they are used in the creation of a jazz performance.
  • To gain insight on the business of music as a jazz musician.
  • To focus on professionalism that encompasses punctuality, attention to detail, respect for other art forms and its artists, and a consistent daily work ethic.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • African American Music, 1890–1945 
  • Repertory Building 
  • Piano Keyboard Class 
  • Diatonic Harmony 
  • Elementary Ear Training 
  • Academic Writing 
  • Information Literacy in the Performing Arts 
  • Paranov Performance Hour 
  • Jazz Combo Ensemble 
  • Jazz Keyboard Class 
  • Jazz Transcription 
  • Repertory Building 
  • Jazz Theory 
  • Perspectives on Music History 
  • Paranov Performance Hour 
  • Jazz Combo Ensemble 
  • Everyday Statistics 
  • Contemporary Mathematics
  • Classicism to the Present

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Web Application - Please complete this online application.
  • The Common Application – Please complete this application if you are attending a High/Prep School in the US or an International School overseas.
  • If English is not your native language you are required to prove that your language ability is meets our minimum standard.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40490 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40490 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40490 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40490 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for West Hartford

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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