The Jazz Area consists of both performance-based learning and a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Jazz Studies. The degree offers courses specifically designed for jazz-focused musicians in improvisation, history, analysis, and pedagogy. A suite of ensemble offerings provide a wide-range of jazz performance for students including jazz combos, the World Music Ensemble, the Latin American Music Ensemble, and the University of Arkansas Jazz Orchestra. Additional performance groups such as the Arkansas Soul Band and the Songwriters Ensemble provide popular music opportunities within the program.
The Jazz Area provides students with the opportunity to grow as performers, improvisers, arrangers, scholars, and teachers of jazz and related styles, positioning them for creative and versatile engagement with today’s multifaceted musical culture.