Jazz Studies

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The MTSU Jazz Studies Program is a vital and rapidly-growing facet of the MTSU School of Music, offering a course of study leading to a Bachelor of Music or Masters of Arts in Jazz Studies. MTSU Jazz Ensembles provide performing opportunities for all MTSU students and the Jazz Studies Program enhances the cultural life of both the University and community, most notably through the MTSU Jazz Artist Series and the annual MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival. Jazz performance scholarships, and graduate teaching assistantship opportunities are also available to qualified students.

Facilities at the School of Music include newly designed and installed master classrooms (with live internet and multi-media capabilities), a new twelve-station midi lab, the beautiful T. Earl Hinton Music Hall, and many practice rooms.

'Reigning Champ' of alto sax , Phil Woods, with the MTSU Jazz Ensemble I

Each year, several guest artists and clinicians visit the campus to present concerts, perform with student ensembles, and give workshops and master classes. Previous artist/clinicians include Rufus Reid, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Eddie Daniels, Tim Hagans, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Eric Alexander, Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mintzer (right), Kevin Mahogany, Marvin Stamm, James Williams, Carl Allen, Peter Erskine, Tony Reedus, and many others. 

Bob MintzerHighly acclaimed big band Saxophonist,
Bob Mintzer, works with MTSU Jazz Ensemble I

Students can enjoy the diverse cultural offerings of Nashville (located just 30 minutes away) and the around-the-clock jazz programming of WMOT, the NPR affiliate broadcasting from the MTSU campus.

For more information, visit the links on this page or E-mail Jamey Simmons, Coordinator of Jazz Studies.

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MTSU Jazz Ensemble I

  1. The Man from Tanganyika McCoy Tyner/arr. Jamey Simmons
  2. The Eternal Triangle
    Sonny Stitt/ arr. Clayton

MTSU Jazz Faculty Sextet*

  1. The Whisper of the Leaves by Jamey Simmons

    *MTSU Jazz Faculty Sextet:Don Aliquo, tenor sax; Bruce Dudley, piano; Jim Ferguson, bass; David Loucky, trombone; Jamey Simmons, trumpet Jim White, drums

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