Jazz Studies


Northern Illinois University has become nationally known for its outstanding jazz studies program. Graduates from NIU are among the top musicians not only in the Chicago-area music scene but also all over the country. The NIU graduate jazz studies program has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the ten best in the nation.

For undergraduate students, the Jazz Studies program is a B.M. degree in Music Performance with a Jazz Studies Emphasis, and graduate students may design an individualized MM degree with a specialization in Jazz Studies. The curriculum includes courses in Jazz History, Jazz Theory, Introduction to Jazz Studies, Aural Foundations of Improvisation (I & II), Jazz Arranging (I & II), Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz Improvisation (I & II), Recording Techniques, Survey of the Music Industry, World Music and many large and small ensemble opportunities. Students have the opportunity to perform in one of the three big bands and also participate in one of the several combos organized each semester. Many students play professionally and become a part of the Chicago area music scene while attending NIU.

The faculty includes some of the greatest performers and jazz educators in the country. 


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Brigid Crawford
Coordinator of Admissions
School of Music
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

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