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Jazz Studies

Wichita State University's School of Music has developed programs in music education, music performance, pedagogy, history/literature, theory/composition, and conducting which are significant in size and quality and are highly acclaimed throughout the nation. In part, this is due to Wichita State's urban setting, affording cultural diversity with excellent opportunities for faculty and students.

Musicians may pursue one of three degrees: Bachelor of Music Education, which prepares students for positions in preschool to high school; Bachelor of Music, which prepares students for a graduate-level performance program, professional playing and/or private teaching career; or Bachelor of Arts in Music, with an emphasis on liberal arts courses. All of these programs combine performance with musical development and include the general education components of university studies.  In addition to the regular courses, faculty also offer specialized classes.



Jazz has a long and storied history at WSU. Wichita has historically been a popular stop on concert tours for many of the famous jazz musicians. Our partnership with the Wichita Jazz Festival, the longest-running educational jazz festival in the nation, continues today and brings our jazz students into contact with some of the best and brightest of the jazz world.

Jazz Studies alumni have gone on to do great things. The ranks of great players to come through WSU include NYC drummer Matt Wilson (student of J.C. Combs), current Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan Andrew Bishop, current WSU Professor of Jazz Piano John Goering and Professor of Jazz Trumpet Scott Strecker, vocalist with the Air Force Band Blue Steel Julie Bradley, and LA-based bassist Edward Livingston.  ALUMNI