Major in Music Performance: Jazz Studies Concentration (BA)
Jazz Piano Track
Ball State University School of Music now offers a Major in Music Performance with a Jazz Studies Concentration.
Students study with full-time jazz professors who possess a wealth of experience as performers and teachers. Our Jazz Faculty provide students with the practical knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive musical world.
All students receive weekly private lessons and significant performing experience in our jazz ensembles and combos. In addition, students participate in workshops and master classes with world-renowned jazz artists. Previous guest artists include Buddy DeFranco, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Clark, Byron Stripling, and Bobby Watson to name a few. The Jazz Lab Ensemble, our flagship ensemble, performs six concerts a year and tours internationally every 3-4 years. Jazz 1 performs at the Montreux Jazz Festival July 2017.
Students develop marketing, business, and publicity skills and take classes in jazz theory, composition, arranging, improvisation, pedagogy, and history. Required and self-produced senior recording projects take place in our state-of-the-art music media production studios, and students present full-length recitals in our leading-edge performance venues. The performance-rich environment at Ball State also provides students with numerous opportunities to hear concerts given by faculty, visiting artists, and resident ensembles.
See the Recommended Four Year Plan for Music Performance: Piano-Jazz Concentration (BM) here.
Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies
Prospective graduate students interested in "specialized training for the gifted and accomplished performer" can now apply to the School of Music's Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies, and are eligible for graduate music assistantships and fellowships.
Minor in Jazz/Commercial Music
The Minor in Jazz/Commercial Music focuses on performance and improvisation.
Ball State University School of Music is an All-Steinway School.
Dr. Routenberg teaches applied Jazz Piano and Improvisation lessons to both undergraduate and graduate students,
Jazz Improvisation 1 and 2, Jazz History, Jazz Composition, Jazz Piano Lab, and directs several jazz combos.
Prospective jazz pianists are encouraged to contact Dr. Routenberg via university email or office phone
Audition materials and dates can be found here.
More information on undergraduate scholarships can be found here.
Freshman Jazz Concentration Auditions will be held in 2017 Date/Time TBA.
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