Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies

Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation

Designed for students who want to focus on mainstream jazz studies through rigorous and focused jazz coursework. Students may also augment their jazz training with other areas of study through electives. Applicants should have an extensive background on an instrument and demonstrated improvisational skills.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is 75% within SMTD and 25% within the liberal arts. SMTD coursework to include:

  • Private lessons
  • Jazz studies
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Ensemble participation
  • 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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