jazz education

Jazz Education


III. Jazz Education Today


A. Increased Credibility

   

Jazz has been increasingly “legitimized” in formal academia 

      

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university jazz studies programs proliferated in the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s  

      

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today, jazz students study and practice side by side with their classical music counterparts in America’s most prestigious university schools of music and conservatories (e.g., Eastman, Indiana University, New England Conservatory)  

      

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today, students can earn a bachelors, masters, or even a doctoral degree in jazz studies 


B. More than 120 Bona Fide Jazz Programs

   

Today there are more than 120 American colleges and universities where students can major in jazz studies 


C. Cultural Export

   

Jazz education has become a major cultural export with post-secondary degree programs established in Europe, Australia, and South Africa; in Canada over 160 jazz courses are available at 76 institutions with 10 of them offering undergraduate degrees in jazz studies 


D. Jazz Pedagogy Courses

   

Jazz pedagogy courses are included in most college curricula, available (although often not required) for music education majors 


E. Jazz and the Mainstream

   

Mainstream music educators no longer consider jazz a passing trend; jazz is affirmed as both a highly expressive style and an appropriate topic for serious study 


F. Research

   

Research has enhanced the historical, theoretical, and pedagogical knowledge of jazz 

      

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scholarly investigations have become more prevalent in the last decade (especially in pedagogy and history) 

      

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more professional musicians/educators are conducting and contributing formal research, expanding the knowledge base  

      

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research has helped jazz become recognized as a legitimate art form and strengthened its position in academia 


G. Middle Schools

   

Jazz ensembles have become increasingly common in middle schools (and even have begun to appear in elementary schools) 


H. General Music Classes

   

General music students and college students in music survey courses are receiving more exposure to jazz 


I. Jazz Improvisation Instruction

   

Jazz improvisation (at all levels) is receiving more and more attention 


J. Performing Arts High Schools

   

Performing arts high schools proliferate in the US (only five in 1970, over 100 today), most with specialized courses in jazz studies (e.g., combo performance, improvisation, jazz history, etc.) 


K. Jazz Education Materials

   

The number of available jazz education materials, including computer programs and multi-media, continues to increase; hundreds of related materials are available on the Internet 


L. Jazz Educators Journal

   

JEN’s major publication, Jazz Ed, is currently published six times per year 


M. Significant Contribution

   

Historians, musicians, and educators consider jazz to be among America’s most significant contributions to the world of music 


N. Jazz Festivals

   

Hundreds of high school and collegiate jazz festivals and competitions are presented each year; numerous professional jazz festivals include an education component 


O. Contemporary Concerns

   

Contemporary concerns deal with the quality of the student jazz experience and the discovery of more effective ways to teach and assess curricula now in place 


P. Doctoral Degree in Jazz Studies

   

Three universities offer a doctoral degree in jazz studies: University of Miami, New York University, and the University of Southern California 


Q. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

   

The mission of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is to offer public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the globe, helping students develop imaginative thinking, creativity, curiosity, a positive self image, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage 

      

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includes bona fide jazz conservatory (located at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music) for exceptional students 

      

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producer of Jazz in America: The National Jazz Curriculum which provides all American public elementary, middle, and high school students the opportunity to study jazz history as part of their social studies and American history courses (an effort to teach America’s youth about its indigenous art form and develop jazz audiences for the future) 

      

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for more information on the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, click here  


R. Berklee College of Music

   

Located in Boston, the Berklee College of Music was originally founded in 1945, under the name Schillinger House. Berklee has consistently produced grammy-winning artists, and is known for being the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world.  

      

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offers approximately 650 jazz and jazz-related courses and ensembles, many highly specific including dozens of jazz improvisation courses (e.g., Improvisation in the Rock and R & B Idioms; Improvisation in the Jazz-Rock/Fusion Idioms; Improvisation on Standard Songs; Improvisation in the Jazz-Blues Idiom; Improvisation in the Latin/Jazz Idiom; etc.) 

      

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four-year degrees are offered in Jazz Performance (instrumental and vocal), Jazz Composition, Music Production & Engineering, Film Scoring, Music Business/Management, Composition, Music Synthesis, Contemporary Writing & Production, Music Education (jazz emphasis), Songwriting, and Professional Music  

      

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for more information on Berklee, click here 


S. University of Miami

   

The Unversity of Miami's Frost School of Music was established in 1926. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, with a focus on the advancement of music performance, and the creativity and scholarship of its students 

      

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bachelor degrees are offered in Studio Music and Jazz/Instrumental, Studio Music and Jazz/Vocal, and Studio Music and Jazz/Instrumental and Performance (Double Major); masters degrees are offered in Jazz Performance/Instrumental, Jazz Performance/Vocal, Jazz Pedagogy, and Studio Jazz Writing; doctoral degrees are offered in Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance; degrees are also offered in Music Engineering, Music Business and Entertainment Industry, and Media Writing and Production besides traditional music degrees (Performance, Musicology, Music Education, etc.) 

      

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A joint program between Instrumental Studio Music and Jazz and Music Education enables students to earn teacher certification in music education concurrent with the jazz major 

      

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for more information on the University of Miami, click here 


T. Brubeck Institute

   

Located east of San Francisco on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, the Brubeck Institute was establised in 2000 by alumni Dave and Iola Brubeck so as to develop jazz artists and audiences for the future 

      

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Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program -- full scholarship, one- to two-year specialized performance program designed to facilitate the education of five to seven exceptionally gifted jazz students, ages 18-19 

      

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Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony -- week-long, full scholarship program that provides 17 exceptional young jazz musicians (ages 15-17) the opportunity to interact with and learn from jazz masters 

      

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Brubeck Festival -- annual, multi-day Spring music fest held in Stockton, CA; it features jazz, classical, and world music, celebrating the musical and social philosophy of Dave Brubeck 

      

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Jazz Outreach -- Institute sponsored concerts, masterclasses, clinics, seminars, and other events in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the country by jazz masters and up-and-coming jazz students 

      

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The Brubeck Collection -- one of the largest personal jazz collections in the world (over 300 linear feet); contains hundreds of published and unpublished compositions, original manuscripts, recordings, photos, writings, press clippings, and memorabilia 


U. Top Graduate Schools

   

According to the 2002 U.S. News & World Report Survey of American Colleges and Universities, the top rated jazz graduate schools (ranked in 1997) are (in order): 

      

1.

University of North Texas 

      

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University of Rochester–Eastman School of Music (NY)  

      

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University of Miami 

      

4.

Indiana University–Bloomington 

      

5.

University of Northern Colorado 

      

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New England Conservatory of Music (MA) 

      

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Manhattan School of Music (NY) 

      

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University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 

      

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Florida State University 

      

10.

Northern Illinois University, University of Southern California, University of Texas–Austin (three-way tie)

Portions taken from "Jazz Studies in American Schools and Colleges: a Brief History" by Daniel Murphy originally published in Jazz Educators Journal, Vol 26, 1994, pp 34-8 

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