Music B.A.: Jazz Studies

Jazz has been an integral part of the School of Music for more than 50 years. This nationally recognized program has grown to include several large and small jazz ensembles as well as a full curriculum of jazz studies courses.

On the jazz studies track, in addition to courses in music theory, music history and applied music, students take courses in jazz improvisation, arranging, jazz bands and more.

Our jazz studies majors go on to successful careers as performing musicians, composers, arrangers, jazz historians and more.

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Leading Program

Comparing the jazz studies program with other programs across the nation, Arts Midwest saluted the UNI program as "one of the best."

Premier Ensembles

Our program is home to two specialized ensembles – Jazz Band One and Jazz Band Two – known as premier collegiate jazz ensembles in the Midwest.


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

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Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0246

Phone: 319-273-2024

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Award-Winning Ensembles

UNI’s Jazz Band One has a long tradition of award-winning recordings with the "Local Color" CD being the 25th release in as many years. Jazz Band One was the winner of 1999 Down Beat Magazine Student Music Performance Award and also recognized in the International Association for Jazz Education Journal with Dr. Herb Wong's International Association for Jazz Education Blue Chip Jazz Award. The group has toured Europe and Asia several times playing at the North Sea Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival.