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Bachelor of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies

Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation

Designed for students who want the flexibility to pursue more coursework within the liberal arts in addition to an education in music. This is an interdisciplinary degree with a larger commitment to liberal arts.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is approximately 50% within SMTD and 50% within the liberal arts. The liberal arts coursework can be tailored to a student’s specific interests.

Students will elect either a performance or multidisciplinary track. SMTD coursework to include:

Performance Track

  • Private lessons
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Ensemble participation: at least two terms of band, orchestra, or choir; two additional terms of any ensemble
  • Piano

Multidisciplinary Track

  • Private lessons
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Ensemble participation: four terms of at least two different ensembles
  • Piano
  • Performing Arts Technology

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

Audition Dates

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • Apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1 for a live audition
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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Please send inquiries regarding the SMTD application process to SMTD.admissions@umich.edu. To learn more about SMTD, sign up for an Information Session.

Faculty

Andrew Bishop Chair, saxophone
Michael Gould drums
Robert Hurst bass
Andy Milne piano
Ellen Rowepiano
Edward W. Sarath
Dennis Wilson trombone

Associated Faculty
Marion Hayden bass
Mark Kirschenmann Creative Arts Orchestra
William Lucas trumpet
Miles Okazaki guitar
Brad Phillips
Martha Travers