The Columbus State University Jazz Studies Program builds upon the mission of the Schwob School of Music by offering its students engaging jazz performance opportunities synchronized with in-depth study of jazz music.
The Columbus State University Jazz Ensemble is the flagship group of the program and focuses on presenting the best in contemporary and classic big band music. The program also hosts several small jazz combos and a jazz workshop experience.
The Jazz Studies Program offers a thorough curriculum of jazz courses designed to enhance performance ability and prepare future music educators to teach jazz in their communities. Courses offered include three levels of jazz theory and improvisation, jazz history, and jazz pedagogy. A robust jazz minor and an undergraduate certificate in jazz studies are also available for those students seeking applied individual study and additional challenging scholarly activities.
Please contact Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Kevin Whalen, for more information about Jazz Studies at CSU.