Jordan College of the Arts

Jazz Studies

Major | Minor

| Bachelor of Music

As a Jazz Studies major, you will receive high-quality ensemble experiences and numerous performing opportunities in the heart of one of America’s greatest jazz cities–Indianapolis. Our jazz ensembles and jazz combos provide opportunities for you to hone your skills in both traditional and modern repertoire, as well as improvisation. You will have extensive contact with our jazz faculty, which consists of nationally-renowned performers, scholars, and educators. The dynamic curriculum is representative of today’s freelance jazz musician, with coursework in improvisation, jazz theory, history, and arranging, applied jazz lessons, and entrepreneurship and career development.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • AM021, Keyboard Skills
  • ES 104, Jordan Jazz or Jazz Ensemble
  • MT201, Music Theory
  • ME330, Self-Representation for Musicians
  • MH408, History and Literature of Jazz
  • MT339, Jazz Arranging

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

  • Music Composition
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy

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Imagine. Innovate. Inspire.

True innovation in arts education comes from a combination of a liberal arts foundation, personal attention from renowned practicing artists, and opportunities for performance, internships, and community outreach. 

Jordan College of the Arts (JCA) students are challenged from their first days on campus to embrace their individuality and learn their art. Add collaborative partnerships and personalized experiences and students are primed to practice and create their best work. 

Through it all, we create the new artist-citizen. Those who will inspire the evolution of the arts—making our communities, economies, culture, and people better for it.