About the program
The Jazz Program at San José State University's School of Music and Dance offers a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. For students interested in pursuing a career in jazz performance or composition, this degree provides opportunities to learn from some of the most outstanding jazz educators and performers in California.
A low teacher-to-student ratio means students receive a large amount of personal time to interact with faculty. The numerous ensembles offered by the School of Music and Dance provide students with ample opportunity to grow as improvising musicians.
Because of its centralized location in downtown San José – the nation’s tenth largest city – jazz studies students have almost limitless opportunities to secure performances outside of the School in any of the Bay Area’s numerous night spots. San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Cruz are easily accessible via public transportation and are less than one hour away.
- Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
- Master of Music in Jazz Studies
- Dr. Aaron Lington, coordinator (Jazz Orchestra, Jazz composition/arranging)
- Dahveed Behroozi (Jazz piano)
- Jason Lewis (Jazz Combo/drum set)
- Jeff Lewis (Latin Jazz Ensemble/trumpet)
- Daniel Robbins (Combos/bass)
- Rick Vandivier (guitar)
- Abi Romero (Music in Latin America)
- Tom Langan - introduction to jazz improvisation
- Jon Dryden - jazz theory and jazz keyboard
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