Who We Are
Our curriculum is very comprehensive and is constantly being refined to be current and relevant to today’s music making. Courses include Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz Composition, Jazz History and of course, Jazz Combos, Jazz Ensembles and Vocal Jazz Lab. Our ensembles meet at least once weekly and perform regularly on and off campus. We host performances and masterclasses with the finest jazz performers and composers in the country. Guest artists include Jeff Coffin, Anat Cohen, Timothy Whalen, James Carter, Tim Armacost, Allen Vizzutti, Byron Stripling and Vince DiMartino. Masterclasses have been taught by Maria Schneider, Lionel Loueke, Melissa Aldana, Darren Kramer, Anat Cohen, Jeff Coffin, James Carter, Amos Hoffman and Alfredo Rodriguez.
We are pleased to offer “Jazz in Europe” as part of the music history study abroad program and “Jazz Fest at The Nest”, our high school jazz festival held each spring.
The Jazz Studies Area in the Bailey School of Music at Kennesaw State University seeks to attract the finest aspiring jazz musicians, educate with world class faculty and state of the art facilities and graduate performers, educators and most importantly, human beings of the highest caliber.
We aspire to provide a comprehensive, meaningful and inspiring experience in jazz education.
- We celebrate the uniquely American art form that is jazz and all the cultural and societal contributions that keep it evolving.
- We value the diversity of jazz performers and composers and the uniqueness that each one brings.
- Entrepreneurship remains our focus. We are committed to equipping our students with the proper skills to be successful performers and educators.