College of Fine Arts and Communication
Billy Taylor Jazz Festival
The mission of the East Carolina University School of Music Jazz Studies program is to provide a comprehensive experience in the study of jazz for instrumental and vocal jazz students at the baccalaureate and masters levels.
A student can receive the Bachelor of Music with concentration in jazz studies, vocal or jazz studies, instrumental. In order to be accepted into the upper division for this major, there are certain requirements that must be satisfied prior to gaining entrance into the jazz studies concentrations.
In addition to the Instrumental Department's Upper Division Qualifying Exam, a separate jury is required to enter the Jazz Studies concentration. This additional jury is taken after completion of four (4) semester hours of jazz applied lessons and the lower level theory courses. Typically, this additional jury is of 20-minute duration and is held during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Upon passing this jury, the student will be accepted into the ECU Jazz Studies concentration.