Global Jazz Studies

Scope and Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Jazz Studies is a capstone major designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary education that draws from various areas of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, as well as from the arts and social sciences. The curriculum is designed around three major areas: 1) performance courses designed to advanced students’ skills individually and playing in small combos and larger ensembles; 2) musicianship and music theory courses in which students master improvisation, basics of music theory, arranging, and composition; and 3) broad understanding of the historical and societal context of the development and advancement of jazz in the United States and globally.