BM: Jazz Performance

Jazz Studies students at Webster University participate in jazz combos and jazz singing groups that feature many talented artists in the community. The bachelor of music (BM) with emphasis in jazz performance is a program focused on group performances for vocal and instrumental jazz majors.

Instrumental performance studies include piano, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, trombone and woodwinds. In addition to core music classes, students study improvisation, jazz theory, scoring and arranging, jazz pedagogy and history.

Undergraduates work directly with a faculty mentor on final projects. Paul DeMarinis, director of jazz studies, is an internationally known saxophonist and composer. Other faculty include an impressive roster of artist-teachers who are remain active in performance pursuits.

(Note: As part of the Webster application process, students planning to major or minor in music will also audition with the department.)

Special Study Opportunities

Jazz students benefit from Webster's strong cooperation with Jazz St. Louis. The world-class Dennis Owsley Jazz Recording Collection is housed in the Emerson Library.

Students may attend the Webster University Vienna campus in the spring semester of their junior year. They have the opportunity to study voice with a Viennese artist, take courses in music history relating to Vienna's traditions, develop special projects on opera or art song and experience the vibrancy of Europe's musical capital. 

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