Music Performance — Jazz Studies Concentration

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Music (BM)
Modes of Study
Blended;In person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. New England residents may qualify for a tuition break. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Audition required. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Gain experience performing in a variety of ensembles including jazz combos, orchestra, band, and chorale in both on-campus and off-campus opportunities.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant greater Portland arts scene.
  • Benefit from community partnerships with esteemed organizations such as the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Casco Bay Wind Symphony, Portland Jazz Orchestra, Opera Maine, and others.
  • Learn from a faculty of nationally and internationally distinguished performers, teachers, scholars, and mentors with experience in a comprehensive range of genres.
  • Study in a program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools and Music (NASM).
  • Experience performing in Corthell Hall, a historical building that gives students access to practice rooms, recording facilities, as well as rehearsal and performance venues.
Horn players performing at the Annual Scholarship Gala.

Professional preparation

Students prepare for careers playing jazz in a wide variety of styles and locations, but also to pursue graduate study at the most prestigious programs in the country. Along with jazz, you’ll also gain experience playing musical theatre, popular music, and more.

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Faculty of distinguished performers

We offer a personalized and opportunity-based approach to educating musicians, featuring a faculty of distinguished performers (nationally and internationally), teachers, scholars, and mentors with experience in all styles of music.

The Jazz Emsemble performs at the Annual Scholarship Gala.

Scholarships for Music Performance — Jazz majors

We offer Merit Scholarships as well as scholarships specifically for Music Performance majors. Keep in mind that there are deadlines for all scholarship opportunities. Be sure to apply and audition by each respective deadline.

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Our performance season

Attend and engage in our Faculty Concert Series; the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra; Scholarship Gala; Chamber Singers; University Chorale; Concert Band; our annual musical; opera; ensembles of jazz, vocal jazz, winds, and composers; as well as student recitals, masterclasses, and performances by internationally known guest musicians.

Five jazz musicians play together in Corthell Hall.

Program requirements

The jazz concentration is for students who wish to pursue careers in jazz or commercial music performance and jazz instruction or graduate work in jazz studies. You’ll get a thorough understanding of this unique American art form and its relationship to contemporary society.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, as part of the NEBHE Tuition Break Program.

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Talent of the highest caliber

In order to be accepted into the Osher School of Music and join a group of other talented musicians, students must first audition as part of the application process.

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