Jazz Studies at Emory is a comprehensive instrumental program, offering courses in improvisation, history, private instruction and large and small ensemble performance. Our mission is to educate students about the rich tradition of American jazz while providing insight into the creative process through performance and analysis.
Our program is comprised of artist-educators whose backgrounds provide a wealth of industry experience and expertise. Our students are a mix of undergraduates and graduates spanning the liberal arts. Students may choose to develop their improvisation skills through the study of classic repertory in our smaller ensembles or the big band, which focuses on essential large ensemble literature of the past and present.
All ensembles regularly perform as a part of the concert season as well as the Emory Annual Jazz Festival and other campus events. Private study with our jazz faculty and artist affiliates is available to all students.