Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation

Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation

Designed for students who want to combine strong foundations in mainstream jazz training, as well as more eclectic approaches to contemporary improvised music. Applicants should have an extensive background on an instrument and demonstrated improvisational skills.


The Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is 75% within SMTD and 25% within the liberal arts. SMTD coursework to include:

  • Private lessons
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Jazz ensemble participation
  • Improvisation
  • Piano


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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Andrew Bishop Chair, saxophone
Michael Gould drums
Robert Hurst bass
Andy Milne piano
Ellen Rowe piano
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