Sep 30, 2023  
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog 
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog

Jazz Studies Minor

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Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts

29 credits


The Jazz Studies Minor consists of a basic core of study in jazz theory and improvisation, jazz arranging and composition, and jazz history, along with ensemble performance and private improvisation instruction. This program is designed for music majors who have an interest in a higher level of jazz performance. The jazz studies minor allows for intensifying studies in jazz while completing a music major.

 Contact Information

Program Coordinator
​Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Lee Anne Frahn
Performing Arts 263

Jazz Area Coordinator
Kevin Woods
Performing Arts 23

Department Chair
Patrick Roulet
Performing Arts 271

 Sample Careers

Professional Jazz Musician | Applied Instrumental or Voice Instructor | University or College Professor | Studio Musician | Arts Administrator 

 Major/Career Resources

Admission and Declaration Process:

All students can declare as a Jazz Studies Minor after completing the following steps.

  1. Successfully pass an entrance audition on their primary instrument during priority audition dates. Please visit our website for priority audition dates. Students who audition after priority audition dates will be considered on a space available basis.
  2. Successfully audition for jazz ensembles. Ensemble auditions are scheduled each September. Students who miss ensemble auditions should contact the Jazz Area Coordinator, Professor Kevin Woods.
  3. Schedule a meeting with the Jazz Area Coordinator, Professor Kevin Woods, to determine eligibility and gain permission to declare the minor.
  4. Schedule a meeting with the Program Coordinator, Lee Anne Frahn, to declare Jazz Studies minor. 

Admissions: All students must successfully complete an Entrance Audition on their primary instrument or voice to begin academic course work towards all music degree programs. Please visit the Music Auditions webpage to read about our different audition processes and navigate to the Entrance & Scholarship Audition page to explore audition dates, deadlines, and requirements.  

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for all music major and minor courses.

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