Master of Music in Jazz Performance

Degree requirements

In addition to fulfilling any and all Graduate School requirements, applicants to the M.M. instrumental program in jazz and improvisational music must pass an audition from the program's faculty, either via tape or in person. Jazz audition material is up to the discretion of the applicant, but should demonstrate both technical proficiency on the instrument and a high degree of improvisational music ability and creativity. Original compositions are encouraged. Completion of this degree generally requires two years of study, which includes course work in music history and theory, private jazz and improvisational lessons, participation in music ensembles and two one-hour recitals. Recital programs should be planned in consultation with the student's advisor.

Since degree requirements and music course offerings can change from year to year, consult the general course catalog for your appropriate school year's requirements and suggestions. If you would like more advice on the Master of Music, Jazz and Improvisational Music Performance degree, please contact any of the jazz faculty for guidance.

Jazz faculty

Adam Benjamin
Adam Benjamin, MFA
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Piano
(775) 784-1501
UFA 206
Peter Epstein
Peter Epstein, MM
Interim Director School of the Arts; Professor of Music in Jazz Saxophone; Director of Jazz Studies
(775) 784-4061
UFA 151
Hans Halt
Hans Halt, MM
Lecturer of String Bass
(775) 682-9032
CFA 129
Josh D. Reed
Josh D. Reed, DMA
Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet
(775) 682-9039
UFA 150