The Bachelor of Arts in Global Jazz Studies encourages students to think globally about the capacity of jazz to transform the musical and political worlds it engages, while building upon UCLA’s strong jazz studies and world music foundation. Designed for students seeking careers as jazz performers, producers, teachers, and/or jazz scholars, coursework includes scholarly courses on the history and culture of jazz, studio instruction, participation in jazz and world music ensembles, and courses in music theory, musical structure and instrumentation, improvisation, expression, composition, and arranging.

Opportunities to participate in masterclasses have recently included such esteemed artists as Jimmy Heath, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Nicole Mitchell. The major is interdisciplinary, drawing from various areas across the school of music as well as UCLA’s African American Studies department. READ the Press Release.

Just Announced! Newly endowed UCLA faculty chair honors our distinguished professor and jazz legend Kenny Burrell. READ the press release.

More information:

Global Jazz Studies Admissions

Global Jazz Studies in the UCLA Catalog

Global Jazz Studies Curriculum Information