Develop Your Sound With Webster’s Master of Music in Jazz Studies
Webster’s Master’s in Jazz Studies will help you take the next step in your career. During our two-year program, you’ll develop your performance and jazz composition skills while working with internationally renowned faculty. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for doctoral study, a career in private studio teaching, or public performance as a soloist, ensemble member, conductor or composer.
Study alongside peer musicians to deepen your knowledge of jazz compositions and performance, and learn from professional music educators to perfect your skills through one-on-one lessons.
Webster’s Master's in Music goes beyond jazz study — you’ll also engage in hands-on learning that prepares you for a world of opportunities. As a graduate student in Jazz Studies, you’ll showcase a portfolio of your work with a final recital, where you will run the show, curating and arranging jazz compositions, securing performers, leading rehearsals and creating program notes. Whether you plan to perform, or lead behind the scenes, you’ll graduate with experience that prepares you for your future career.
“I love studying at Webster because the small class sizes allow for a more personalized, creative and exploratory experience.”
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, ’22
Choose Webster for a Master of Music in Jazz Studies
World-Renowned Faculty Mentors
Our jazz faculty members are dedicated composers and performers with professional experience in their fields. You’ll benefit from small class sizes and private lessons, and your professors will know you by name. Plus, you’ll gain access to their professional network of musicians for additional jazz study and performance opportunities.
Here at Webster, you don’t have to look far to find your stage. Play in one of our jazz combos and check out nearby St. Louis, home to Jazz St. Louis. You can also attend on-campus performances from faculty, peers and professional groups from around the world.
Jazz St. Louis
Webster’s School of Music students benefit from our relationship with Jazz St. Louis.
Graduate Music Scholarships
When you study jazz as a graduate student in the Department of Music, you’ll have access to merit-based scholarships, like the Buder Foundation Scholarship.
Webster University is listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities, and included in four best-of categories in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report. Additionally, Webster University is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
Master of Music in Jazz Studies
Find out more about the overall Jazz Studies master’s degree curriculum, audition information, learning outcomes and more.
Explore our catalog for more details about admission requirements for our Master’s in Music, including audition information and degree courses for the general track and emphases areas.
Because this graduate music degree requires private music lessons and participation in ensembles, it is only offered at the Webster Groves, Missouri campus, just 15 minutes outside of St. Louis.
What Can You Do with a Master’s in Jazz Studies?
Our Master of Music Jazz Studies graduates have gone on to manage private music studios, perform in St. Louis and across the world, release new music and recordings and tour with ensembles or other musicians professionally.
As a graduate of Webster’s Master’s in Music, you’ll develop skills, like teamwork, improvisation and discipline that will position you for a variety of roles, such as:
- Music Director
- Band Director
- Music Teacher
Career Outlook for Musicians
Jobs in the music field, especially those related to performance and composition, are expected to grow over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can feel confident knowing that earning your graduate music degree will be a worthwhile investment.
Salaries for Master’s in Music Graduates
A graduate music degree can give you a career boost as a music educator, performer or composer. Salaries vary depending on which avenue you pursue, but earning your master’s in music will help strengthen your skills as a musician and set you apart in the job market.
Webster Holds Longtime NASM Membership
Webster University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). An important marker of standing among music programs in the U.S., NASM establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines.
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