Posting Date: April 4, 2012


Kennesaw State to offer instrumental jazz performance concentration

Students can declare new concentration in Fall 2012

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KENNESAW, Ga.—Beginning in fall 2012, Kennesaw State University’s School of Music will offer a new concentration in instrumental jazz performance as part of its Bachelor of Music in Performance degree program. 


“Teachers and students in the secondary schools across Georgia have repeatedly inquired as to the availability of a jazz concentration at Kennesaw,” says Sam Skelton, director of jazz studies.  “They are interested not only because of the reputation of the School of Music, but also the University of the whole.”


The instrumental jazz concentration will provide students with the knowledge of jazz idiom including history, theory, composition, pedagogy, arranging and performance. 


The KSU School of Music is an All Steinway School and offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Performance, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. The School of Music presents more than 150 performances each year, from chamber music to full orchestra, choral and wind ensemble concerts, and musical theatre and opera productions, with repertoire from traditional classical to modern jazz.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 24,100 students from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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