The Newcomb Department of Music offers a non-conservatory Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Jazz Studies, as well as the freedom for any student at Tulane, regardless of major, to participate in classes and audition for ensembles. Students in the Jazz Studies program have access to a faculty of professional New Orleans musicians, a number of faculty-directed student ensembles, extensive course offerings in theory, musicology and ethnomusicology, the world-class Hogan Jazz Archives, and the immense musical atmosphere of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Performance opportunities are numerous, both on and off campus, and include an annual performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival by the Tulane Jazz Big Band, our largest jazz ensemble and a weekly on-campus performance series where students play alongside professionals. The major also offers the flexibility for students to pursue courses in other fields or often to double major.
Admission to the Jazz Studies B.F.A. program is based on an audition, which takes place during the sophomore year. For this reason, no audition is required for applicants interested in Tulane’s jazz program, but they are welcomed and considered in the application process. Click here for more information on auditions.