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Saxophone Student In Jazz Studies

Our Jazz Studies graduates are outstanding musicians who have gone on to live their dream to become performers, educators, arts managers, and music producers. As a student, you receive instruction and mentoring from faculty who themselves are well-known performers and who understand the music business well. The Conservatory at Capital University is committed to the individual student experience; faculty providing individualized music instruction and unparalleled support for student success.

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As one of the nation’s longest-running jazz programs, our love of contemporary music runs deep.

Jazz Studies

At Capital, we welcome musicians who have a passion for jazz and are interested in pursuing a career in jazz performance. Our program and curriculum focus on providing our students with a variety of performance opportunities. From large group bands to smaller ensembles, you’ll grow your jazz skills and experience music-making in other contemporary areas. Additionally, our program encourages the development of jazz-related skills and practice. These include music technology, composition, and participation in traditional and world music experiences.

The Jazz Studies degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools in Music (NASM).

What can you do with a degree in this academic area?

  • Musicians and Performer
  • Arts Organization Manager
  • Music Producer
  • Music Educator

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Experiential Learning

The Conservatory of Music is proud to sponsor an active performance season that brings enthusiastic audiences from our campus and community. With more than 200 performance events each year, our jazz students are busy in rehearsal, on stage, and in the studio. And because we are located right next door to Columbus, Ohio, your opportunities just got bigger. Home to a vibrant arts community, you’ll have many chances to observe and network first-hand with professional jazz musicians in a variety of venues and different music events. It’s something unique to our location. Before long, you may find yourself performing alongside professional fellow jazz enthusiasts.

Program Philosophy

We realize that your goals or plans may change as you move through college. With this in mind, we’ve created our programs so that your first year is exploratory, offering you a more generalized study of music. So, if your area of study changes, your credits can more easily transfer to a program that’s more suited to your interests. And because our student to faculty ratio is low, classes are smaller meaning that you have access to dedicated faculty mentors that will help you determine your path forward.

Admission and Audition

Students planning to study Jazz Studies need to complete a two-part process to gain admittance to the program.

  1. Submit your admission application to Capital University along with the required supporting documents.
  2. Once you are academically admitted to Capital University, you will be able to submit an audition application and register for your audition date by clicking on the reply form found on your status page.

For specific audition dates and requirements by instrument or area of interest, please use the Emphasis Requirements tool.

Sample Classes

  • Jazz Theory and Audiation
  • Improvisation
  • Jazz Styles and Analysis
  • Jazz Arranging
  • Jazz Composition
  • History of Jazz and Popular Music
  • Applied Lessons on Principal Instrument
“Growing up in Lebanon and being a musician fascinated by jazz, I planned to go to the U.S., the birthplace of jazz. My teacher in Lebanon, was a Capital alum. He told me about Capital's Jazz Studies program. Professor Bob Breithaupt leads a series of summer drum workshops in Lebanon that I had attended. Meeting Bob gave me a better perspective on Capital's program and so I applied. In 2018, I transferred and flew from Lebanon to Columbus to attend Capital.”

-Ayman Abi Kheir, Jazz Studies, Class of 2020

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