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3 Year B.A. Honors Degree


Accelerated 3-year BA Honors

The Program

The Bachelor of Arts Jazz Studies degree is an Accelerated 3-year Honors program designed to provide advanced level students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences that Dave Brubeck and the Conservatory faculty believe to be essential to the education of the contemporary jazz musician.  At its core is a curriculum in theory, history, applied studies, and ensemble participation along with courses in general education that will assure a broad educational experience.

The jazz curriculum contains both traditional and innovative components.  The traditional include Jazz History, Jazz Theory & Aural Training, Jazz Arranging & Composition, Jazz Styles & Analysis, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Piano, Jazz Pedagogy, and Jazz Ensemble.  The innovative is embodied within the Brubeck Fellows Seminar (MUBI 150). This course is a comprehensive, sequential study of jazz styles, repertoire and composition through exposure to select jazz artists (i.e. Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane etc.). Students will be immersed in the music of these artists through projects in transcription, composition and ensemble playing.


All prospective students must complete the admission process to the University of the Pacific and attend a live audition. Click here for more information.

The Faculty

Instructors include resident faculty as well as a continually evolving array of guest artists, clinicians, and master class teachers. Resident instructors and visiting artists will provide industry news, tips about professional performance, and survival skills for the developing artist.