• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

While you study your primary instrument, you will have the opportunity to learn a second instrument or pursue voice training in jazz styling. Throughout your Commercial Music (Jazz Studies) degree at Liberty University , you will gain performance experience with a jazz ensemble and hands-on commercial music experience through the internship of your choice.

Performing and preserving jazz music for future generations requires unique musical skills. Our Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music – Jazz Studies degree will equip you with special techniques for arranging, teaching, and performing jazz. Throughout this degree, you will learn the fundamentals of music production and audio, preparing you to record and produce jazz as well as perform and teach it.

Career Opportunities

  • Band leader
  • Composer
  • Jazz arranger
  • Music director
  • Performer
  • Teacher in art school, private music studio, or community school

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Submit your application by the priority deadline of Dec. 31. After this date, it's best to have your application for fall admission submitted by May 1.

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Jazz Improvisation & Lab 
  • Survey of Pop & Jazz Music Literature 
  • Commercial Improvisation Techniques 
  • Jazz Arranging 
  • Jazz Pedagogy 
  • Senior Commercial Music Program

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    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:

    6

    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: 3.15

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.15 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

Admission decisions are competitive and are based primarily on the following factors:

  • Cumulative (unweighted) GPA from high school or college
  • GED scores (if applicable)
  • Consistency and trends of grades
  • Results from the SAT, ACT, or CLT
  • Essay submission
50% of admitted students come from within the following mid-ranges:
  • High School GPA: 3.15-3.83
  • SAT (ERW* and math only): 1020-1220
  • ACT composite: 20-27

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23800 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    23800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23800 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Lynchburg

  • 942 - 1540 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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