Dreaming of playing in a jazz combo or a big band? If jazz is your groove, then the SFA School of Music has some great opportunities for you! Pulling inspiration from the Lumberjack mascot, our top big band is the Swingin' Axes. We also have a second big band, the Swingin' Aces, and there are always jazz combos booking gigs on campus or at some of our local restaurants.
We don't offer an undergraduate degree in jazz studies, but music majors of any concentration may elect to earn a minor in jazz. This enables you to take 18 additional credits on topics like improvisation, arranging and teaching, in addition to playing in large and small ensembles.
It’s the perfect complement to any music degree because it prepares you for the real-world challenges of gigging, making charts and leading ensembles professionally or in secondary-school music programs.