Jazz Studies

Study the art of jazz and the professional side of being a studio musician.

Jazz Studies

Program Description

Jazz and Studio Music has a long and successful history at the University of Memphis. Initiated by Dr. Tom Ferguson in the 1960s, the School of Music has developed one of the most comprehensive programs in the United States, currently offering both undergraduate and master's degrees in Jazz Performance and Composition/Arranging. Both music majors and non-majors at the University of Memphis are strongly encouraged to participate in the performing groups, classes, and applied lessons offered in the Jazz and Studio Music curriculum.

Meet the faculty members that students study, collaborate and play with while earning their degree.

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Music: Jazz and Studio Composition/Arranging Concentration
  • Bachelor of Music: Jazz and Studio Performance Concentration
  • Master of Music: Jazz and Studio Music Concentration

To be admitted, students must complete an application for the University of Memphis at-large, a SECOND application to the School of Music, and an audition.

BM Jazz Composition and Arranging

In addition to an audition, BM Jazz Composition and Arranging applicants must submit three scores of original compositions or arrangements as follows:

  • Bebop or Contemporary bop style
  • Latin, fusion or ballad style
  • Pop or commercial style


MM Jazz Performance

In addition to an audition, graduate applicants should also:

  • Apply to the UofM Graduate School
  • Submit a curriculum vitae
  • Submit names and email addresses of two recommenders

Audition requirements vary by degree (BM, MM, DMA) and by instrument. Consult the Audition Requirements page for more information, and if you are unsure about anything, don't hesitate to contact Music Admissions at musicadmissions@memphis.edu.