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Welcome to the Jazz Studies Program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, one of the first and foremost jazz programs in the world.

News

  • We are thrilled to announce that vocalist Tierney Sutton is joining the IU Jazz Studies faculty. Ms. Sutton will teach jazz voice, lead Art of the Song groups, and lead the Circle Singing Ensemble. Read more HERE.
  • Very excited to announce that trumpeter John Raymond will join the IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz Studies faculty in August! Read more in the press release HERE...
  • We are excited to announce John Clayton as the newest member of the IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz Alumni Hall of Fame! He was inducted at the 2017 Jazz Celebration Concert, which can be streamed at IUMusicLive!.
  • CONGRATULATIONS Downbeat 40th Annual Student Music Awards Winners!
    • Kaitlyn Williams - Vocal Jazz Soloist (Undergraduate College Winner)
    • Elena Escudero - Outstanding Soloist (Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble: IUnison)
    • Connor Evans - "Thoroughly A Rusted Life" (Outstanding Composition - Small Ensemble)
  • Congratulations to the Plummer Jazz Sextet, which is having a fantastic year!
    • The Plummer Jazz Sextet featuring Marquis Hill performed at the Jazz Gallery in New York City March 21 and 22! Find more information at our Facebook event. as well as video on our Facebook page.
    • We are excited by their selection as one of the finalists in the 2017 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Their performance is Saturday, April 1st.
    • Check out our Soundcloud page for tracks from the combo's time in the studio this past November! 
  • Celebrating the Life of David N. Baker, the concert in January honoring Dr. Baker, is available to be streamed in its entirety on IU Music Live!.
  • Check out our Soundcloud tracks and YouTube videos on our Sights and Sounds page!

Mission

Our mission is to prepare students for professional careers and leadership roles in jazz and related fields of contemporary music by providing exceptional training that equips students with the flexible skills and experience required of successful, well-rounded musicians, and creative jazz artists.

A wide variety of performance opportunities and a comprehensive curriculum ground our students in the rich history, traditions, and culture of jazz while nurturing their exploration of new and contemporary styles in an environment that encourages a free-flowing exchange of ideas between faculty, students, guest artists, and the community.

Our faculty, students, and alumni serve as a resource for the Jacobs School of Music, university, state, national, and international communities through our world-class creative activities in performance, composition, education, and scholarship.