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 instrumentalists and vocalists 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.

  Jazz Open House

The University of Arkansas Jazz Program invites you to a VIRTUAL Open House December 2-4!

Join us for a chance to observe jazz classes, meet faculty, and learn about the program, Zoom link provided below. These events are open to all students, educators, families, and fans of UAMusic Jazz!

December 2nd, 9:40am-10:30am — Virtual Observation: Beginning Jazz Combo

December 2nd, 6:00pm-7:00pm — Virtual Observation: World Music Ensemble

December 3rd, 2:00pm-3:30pm — Virtual Observation Jazz Orchestra

December 4th, 4:00pm-5:00pm — Meet the faculty at our Virtual Jazz Hang!


Degrees Conferred

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance with Concentration in Jazz Studies (B.M.)

Jazz Faculty

Advising & Handbooks

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Area Coordinator

Chalon Ragsdale
Jake Hertzog
Senior Instructor of Guitar

Undergraduate Course Catalog  

Go to the catalog of studies for complete information about requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree requirements.