Jul 13, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 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

Catherine Brown
Performing Arts 263

Jazz Area Coordinator
Kevin Woods
Performing Arts 23

Department Chair
Timothy Fitzpatrick
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.
  2. Successfully audition for jazz ensembles. Ensemble auditions are scheduled each September. cfpa.wwu.edu/ensemble-auditions 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 to declare Jazz Studies minor. 

Grade Requirements

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

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