Banda Hispanica jazz ensemble

Degrees in Jazz Studies at WSU currently consist of a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. We also offer a MM in Music Performance, in applied instrumental performance, to jazz students who wish to pursue graduate studies at WSU. See here for more details.

WSU Jazz Studies also has a Graduate Teaching Assistantship available,  this person assists the Director of Jazz Studies and is an integral part of the WSU Jazz Invitaional, part of the Wichita Jazz Festival. To inquire about graduate study, please contact the Director of Jazz Studies by email. You will also want to take a look at the position description by clicking here.

You must also complete the application for graduate assistantships, which you can find here.


Jazz Scholarships are available to any and all undergraduate students based on academic performance while in high school. We are also pleased to be able to offer two scholarships to jazz studies students:

The Bill Thomson Scholarship is awarded to especially qualified undergraduate students in jazz studies. The Glen and Celia Goering Music Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding incoming freshman in jazz studies.

Please contact the Director of Jazz Studies to inquire about these awards.

Past recipients of the Bill Thomson Scholarship:

2009 - Thomas Gordon
2010 - Ashlee Baysinger
2011 - Christopher Patton, Immanuel Scott
2012 - Austin Johanning
2013 - Austin Johanning
2014 - Seth Carrithers, Micah White
2015 - Micah White
2016 - Micah White
2017 - Micah White
2018 - Micah White