Jazz Studies

Phone: 715-346-3107
Email: music@uwsp.edu
Website: www.uwsp.edu/music


UW-Stevens Point Jazz Studies graduates at work

  • Danny Mitchell, ‘06Song-writer and composer in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Christoph Thompson, ‘08Completed a doctorate in Composition and now is a visiting professor at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
  • Alex Meronek, ’14Employed as a cruise ship musician on the Queen Mary II.


Phone: 715-346-3107
Email: music@uwsp.edu
Website: www.uwsp.edu/music

Choose Jazz Studies at UW-Stevens Point

Jazz studies students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point train in music research and music development. Students develop fundamental research skills through transcription and performance of seminal and contemporary jazz works. The application of these principles to the creation of new music, informed by life experiences and aesthetic values, is crucial to students’ development as artists. Composition and improvisation are at the heart of the jazz studies curriculum.

Career opportunities in Jazz Studies

Students in the jazz studies program learn to work in teams and to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Graduates become outstanding performers, private teachers and composers, but also are often involved in music law, journalism, or merchandising; music-related software development; or management of artists or artistic organizations. Many choose to continue their studies in a graduate program. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Building your résumé

Students frequently learn from guest artists, who teach master classes during their visits to campus. Artists such as Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center and Otis Murphy offer expert instruction as well as insight about the life of a professional musician. Students spend summers working in a wide variety of ensembles across the country. Internships in various arts fields and venues are also widely available.

Outside the classroom

When not in class, students participate in annual jazz repertory concerts, jazz composer's concerts, the UW-Stevens Point Jazz Festival, The Riverfront Jazz Festival, biweekly jam sessions at the Dreyfus University Center and student jazz recitals. Students also may join service and pre-professional organizations sponsored by the department.

Student support services

The Department of Music, housed in the beautiful Noel Fine Arts Center practices equipment safety and raises awareness of hearing, vocal health and psychological health issues. The Computer Music Center houses a variety of tools that can aid students and faculty alike in doing their work more efficiently and effectively. Using this technology, students develop their creative skills while gaining experience working with digital technology and recording techniques. In addition to helping you learn about music, your faculty members will help you with recommendations, advice about jobs and graduate schools, and general support through artistic dilemmas. The open-door policy among music faculty is something many students appreciate. UW-Stevens Point also offers career planning and job search services through its Career Services office, linking education to the world of work for UW-Stevens Point students and alumni.