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Degrees:Bachelor of American Music – Jazz Studies emphasis
Jazz vocalists and instrumentalists share a common enthusiasm for American music, which continues to influence the lives of music lovers everywhere. At Capital, we take that personal enthusiasm and turn it into relevance and versatility by helping you understand the past, focus on the realities of the present and develop foundational skills for long-term success as a jazz musician. If you’re looking for professors who are pioneers in jazz education and performance, an impressive lineup of jazz ensembles and a world-class jazz festival, Capital’s Bachelor of Music in American Music – Jazz Studies program is the right fit for you. As one of the pioneering programs of its kind, Jazz Studies at Capital places a strong emphasis on active learning — experiences both in and out of the classroom — and that includes improvisation and composition. We combine this intensive study of jazz and contemporary music with the opportunity to play in numerous ensembles, from Big Band to the Rock Ensemble to MIDI. We are also careful not to overlook the importance of building a foundation of classes in the liberal arts. Because a future in music requires the ability to understand, navigate and adapt in a changing world. Without a doubt, one of the most exciting aspects of the Jazz Studies program is the Annual Jazz & World Music Festival, a month-long event featuring student and faculty ensembles and real access to world-class jazz artists in clinics, workshops and concerts. The festival, which takes place on campus and throughout the community, is another reason this program is one of the best of its kind.
So whether you want to perform, teach or continue your jazz studies at some of the country's most prestigious graduate schools, we have the experience, technology, faculty and curriculum to get you there.
Admission into this program will require you to complete a two-part process to gain admittance to both Capital University and the Conservatory of Music.
CONSERVATORY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Listen as an ensemble of Capital University students perform "Armando's Rhumba" by Chick Corea.Instrumentalists
Marty Quinn '17 - bass
Danny Bauer '15 - piano
Matt Heim '17 - cajon
Zakk Jones '15 - guitar
Robert PartonAssistant Professor Robert Parton, who splits his time between Columbus and Chicago, teaches trumpet, Jazz History and Jazz Combo, and he performs with the Capital Brass Quintet and the faculty jazz group, Spectrum. As a performer, he is one of Chicago's busiest and most well-known trumpet players and performs regularly at Chicago's Catch 35. As a studio musician, Parton has played on hundreds of local and national radio and TV commercials and local CD projects. He has performed with a long list of highly recognizable artists, from Doc Severinsen and Tony Bennett to the Beach Boys, Natalie Cole and Sheena Easton. As a theatre musician, Parton has played national tours and local productions that include Wicked, Music Man, Color Purple and many more. He is also the recipient of numerous accolades for his seven CDs on the Sea Breeze Jazz label.
Stan SmithGuitarist and composer Stan Smith is an assistant professor of Music in the Jazz Studies/Music Industry Program and head of the jazz/contemporary guitar curriculum. An accomplished performer, he is the guitarist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and pit orchestras for Broadway Series productions. As a guitarist, he was a member of the Moacir Santos band in Los Angeles, and has accompanied various well-known artists. Smith not only has several recordings under his own name, but he is also featured as a guitarist, composer and co-producer on Madrugada's self-titled debut CD. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his compositions, which have been performed internationally and recorded by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Spectrum, The Afro Rican Ensemble and Nova Madrugada.
Lou FischerAs a Yamaha performing artist, playing the Silent Bass exclusively, Dr. Lou Fischer has been actively performing since he was 12 years old. He has performed on more than 2,000 commercials and in more than 50 Broadway shows, including touring worldwide with The Crusaders, Airto, Charlie Byrd, Bill Watrous, Red Rodney, Rich Matteson, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Emmy Lou Harris, and the orchestras of Woody Herman, Louis Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hopper, Tex Beneke, and Jimmy Dorsey, among many others. He has performed on more than 200 recordings and has four big band album releases under his own name as band leader. A music publisher for 30 years, Fischer now publishes his compositions with Walrus Music. Fischer is professor of music, jazz activities coordinator and jazz ensemble director at Capital. He teaches American Pop/Jazz Theory and Jazz Arranging, and he directs the Fusion Band and the award-winning Big Band. He is one of the two co-founders and immediate past president/conference coordinator of the Jazz Education Network.
Preparation for a Changing World
A 2001 graduate, Michael Shirtz chose to study jazz at Capital’s Conservatory of Music for many reasons. Not the least of these was a chance to learn and work closely with jazz instrumentalists. That decision is still reaping its rewards for Shirtz, who is currently the department chair for Commercial Music and Reporting Arts at Terra State Community College in Findley, Ohio, as well as a composer, conductor, jazz singer and performer.
Today Shirtz is grateful that Capital prepared him for so many different things — not just the music and learning how to perform — but also for the business aspect. "They gave me the tools for many different facets of the industry, and prepared me so well for the workforce that I entered," he said. "It's an important skill to have in a field that is always changing."During his time at Capital, Shirtz enthusiastically participated in all aspects of the program, from the choir to various jazz bands and combos. He was also the student producer of the annual jazz festival. Today he offers this advice to students: "Go in with your eyes and ears wide open. Learn as much as you can. But most of all, find what drives you, and don't lose that drive."
Below are our majors for traditional undergraduate students.
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