Interested in a jazz major?
The MSU jazz major program is committed to the highest level of performance, mentoring, education and community outreach. Nationally- and internationally-renowned faculty members are drawn from the highest ranks of the jazz community, and all have experience playing with top recording and performing artists in the jazz music industry.
Graduates with a jazz major have gone on to careers as recording artists and jazz musicians, performing with several well-known soloists and groups including Sean Kingston, Ne-Yo and Carlos McKinney, as well as the Spinners, Count Basie Orchestra, Cyrus Chestnut Quintet and Mulgrew Miller Trio. Recent graduates have been recognized with DownBeat magazine's outstanding college soloist award, Elmhurst Jazz Festival's outstanding musician award, and first prize in the Aspen Jazz Competition.