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Jazz Performance

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What is Jazz Performance?

This major will prepare you for a career in instrumental or vocal jazz performance. You’ll study comprehensive coursework in jazz solo and ensemble literatures. Courses offered include:

  • Keyboard
  • Improvisation
  • Arranging
  • Jazz history
  • Composition
  • Styles
  • Pedagogy
  • Music business
  • Applied instruction
  • Ensembles

You’ll have the chance to take part in some of our 18 campus jazz ensembles. Performance and studio recording opportunities also exist both on and off campus. You must pass an audition for acceptance into this program.

Career Options

  • Arrangement
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Music criticism
  • Music editing
  • Music performance
  • Music promotion & distribution
  • Music reporting
  • Producing
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 32 ACT score

1170 - 1380 SAT score

3.24 - 3.85 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.2 years to degree

91% freshman retention rate

45% four-year graduation rate

73% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,640
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $32,994

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $30,782
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $50,476

International

  • Tuition: $31,656
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,350
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