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Bachelor in Jazz Studies

The School of Music at Portland State University exists to provide an excellent forum for the training and support of a highly diverse student body in the areas of Performance, Conducting, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Composition and many others.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $666 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

In addition, the School provides general training in music where students study Theory, History, Literature, Pedagogy, Composition, Jazz Studies, Improvisation, Music Technology and Ethnomusicology. Framed by the University’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City”, the School of Music offers a wide spectrum of activities by students, faculty and guest artists which enhances the artistic and cultural life of the city of Portland.

As part of an urban university, the School of Music acknowledges its responsibility to support the creative interaction of students, faculty and community through activities that enhance the educational experience and provide opportunities for professional development within the city and region.

The Portland State University School of Music faculty embrace the dual goals of open access and outstanding achievement in order to produce graduates who make significant impacts on the musical profession nationally and internationally, while providing a diverse student body of traditional and non-traditional students with an educational experience that promotes appreciation for and participation in the music-making process.

Your Potential To Be Exponential

At Portland State University , you feel like you’re part of a movement. The kind that keeps your classmates rooting for you and your professors pulling for you. You’ll form bonds with faculty and friends in small classes that dive deep into the issues that matter most to you. We are proud to be one of the nation’s most transformative universities. Because every time your success inspires others, you change the world.


Courses Included

  • Jazz Band Lab
  • Music Theory
  • Fundamentals of Conducting
  • Topics in Music History
  • Jazz History