Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation

Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation, Department of Winds & Percussion

Designed for students who want to combine strong foundations in both mainstream jazz and classical training, as well as more eclectic approaches to contemporary improvised music. Applicants should have an extensive background on an instrument and demonstrated improvisational skills. This degree is not available for jazz guitar.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts 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 (Jazz & Classical)
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Jazz & Classical 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
    • submit by January 15 for a recorded audition
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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