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 jazz instrumental and vocal majors at the baccalaureate and masters levels.
The course of study emphasizes diversity and versatility and is designed to give students the necessary foundation to compete for professional opportunities, (upon graduation) in jazz performance, jazz education in addition to professional opportunities in the business of music and music industry.
Designed primarily for music majors, the ECU Jazz Studies Program also offers opportunities for the non-music major to perform in the various large and chamber ensembles.
Featured annual programs sponsored the ECU Jazz Studies Program:
1.) Dr. Billy Taylor Spring Jazz Festival
2.) “A Tribute to Motown” Annual Black History Month Concert Celebration
3.) Jazz at Mendenhall Concert Series
4.) Annual Fall Combined ECU Jazz Ensembles Concert
Features of the ECU Jazz Studies Program:
1.) Individualized instruction with an outstanding jazz faculty
2.) Master classes, workshops, lectures and concerts by visiting jazz masters, recording artists and educators
3.) Travel and performance opportunities with award-winning and touring ensembles
4.) Jazz curriculum that includes the study of traditional, progressive and contemporary trends, styles and concepts
5.) Electronic, composition software technology focused classes