Music M.M.: Jazz Pedagogy

Grow and perfect your jazz composition, arranging, improvisation, and rhythm section skills

Students in the Masters of Music in Jazz Pedagogy program receive individualized instruction with our jazz faculty, outstanding performance opportunities, and pedagogical coursework and teaching experience with big bands and combos.

Our program is highlighted by extensive training in skills including jazz composition, arranging and improvisation, and rhythm section instruments; and comprehensive knowledge of music theory and analysis, and music literature.

Recent graduates have been accepted to prestigious doctoral programs, have had compositions and arrangements premiered by professional performers in the U.S. and abroad, been featured performers on recordings, and have become leaders in jazz performance and teaching in Iowa, throughout the U.S., and beyond.


Leading Program

The UNI School of Music is regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Top-Notch Facilities

The School of Music is home to state-of-the-art facilities, including recording studios, performance and practice spaces, editing labs and more.


The UNI School of Music awards $400,000 in scholarships to our students each year – helping our students pursue their degrees affordably. 

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Ann Bradfield, D.M.A.

School of Music Graduate Program Coordinator

(319) 273-2640

Career Opportunities

After you complete our program, you will have a variety of career opportunities and/or be well prepared to further your education. For reference, our alumni has landed on the following careers:

  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Music Professor
  • Band Director
  • Band Teacher
  • Director of Bands
  • Instructor
  • Musician
  • Performer
  • Studio Artist
  • Teacher

Courses & Curriculum

This program is offered on the thesis/recital option only. Our Master of Music M.M. program consists of the following core classes:

  • Topics in Music Theory and Analysis
  • Foundations of Musical Analysis
  • Foundations of Musicology
  • Topics in Music History and Culture

Jazz Pedagogy specialization courses include:

  • Instrumental Jazz Improvisation - Theory
  • Jazz Pedagogy
  • Jazz Arranging
  • Jazz Band (combos)
  • Research Electives
  • Graduate Recital

Regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest, University of Northern Iowa is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

NASM Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Music
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Reston, VA 20190-5248
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(703) 437-6312 Fax

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