BM In Commercial Music Jazz Studies
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Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
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Jan 16, 2023

Create and Share the Music You Love with Our B.M. in Commercial Music – Jazz Studies Degree

Performing and preserving jazz music for future generations requires unique musical skills. Our Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music – Jazz Studies degree will equip you with special techniques for arranging, teaching, and performing jazz. Throughout this degree, you will learn the fundamentals of music production and audio, preparing you to record and produce jazz as well as perform and teach it.

Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ, and we want to help you develop the skills you need for a meaningful career in music.  Partner with us and learn how to share the genre you love in a way that communicates the love and truth of Christ.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 5 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor’s of Commercial Music in Jazz Studies Degree?

We are committed to providing you with the training you need to succeed in the music industry. As one of the top ten largest schools of music in the nation, we offer a variety of classes and opportunities designed to help you gain experience and share your work with the world. While you are studying with us, you will have opportunities to work with LU Praise, our Liberty Worship Collective, and to develop your own album in our state-of-the-art recording facilities.

Many of our faculty members have earned their degrees from the most prestigious music schools in the nation, and they work to ensure you have the classroom environment you need to develop your own musical style and abilities.

What Will You Learn in Our B.M. in Commercial Music – Jazz Studies Degree Program?

Throughout our bachelor’s in commercial music degree program, you will learn the musical theories and techniques behind multiple music genres, along with the fundamentals of recording and producing commercial music. Our Bachelor of Music program is taught from a biblical worldview, allowing you to explore music as both art and worship. 

By earning our commercial music bachelor’s degree, you can prepare for a career as a singer, songwriter, or musician through hands-on classes, practicums, and internships. These opportunities will help you gain the experience you need to stand out.

If you choose to pursue our jazz studies’ specialization, you will study various jazz styles, important innovators, and how jazz has developed since its conception. You will learn how to arrange and teach jazz in ways that maintain the creative aspect of jazz, while still preserving and passing jazz on to future musicians. To further your experience, this program gives you the opportunity to perform with Liberty’s Jazz Ensemble and as a soloist in your junior and senior recitals.

Review our B.M. in Jazz Studies’ Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!

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Featured Courses

MUSC 200 – Music, Art, Worship, and Culture

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The relationship between music, art, worship, and culture
  • How culture effects music in daily and professional life
  • Biblical principles for artistic development
  • How to develop a literature review, thesis, and craft a meaningful research paper

MUSC 327 – Jazz Styles and Analysis

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The major eras and styles of jazz
  • Major jazz innovators and important groups
  • How to conduct a stylistic analysis of jazz solos

MUSC 366 – Jazz Arranging

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Arranging and orchestrating music for jazz ensembles
  • Basic and intermediate techniques for creative writing in the jazz idiom
  • How to use computer notation in jazz arrangements

MUSC 367 – Jazz Pedagogy

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Methodologies and resources for teaching jazz
  • How to tailor instruction to a student’s age level
  • Approaches to improvisation
  • Rehearsal techniques for both large and small jazz ensembles

Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Bachelor’s of Commercial Music in Jazz Studies Degree Program

  • We are dedicated to producing graduates of distinction. Our graduates have found careers as musicians playing for stars like Carrie Underwood, well-known Christian singers and songwriters, worship leaders at Harvest Bible Chapel, and conductors leading choir festivals throughout Southeast Asia.
  • Our professors are experienced artists and musicians, and they are dedicated to mentoring you and helping you develop your talents.
  • The Liberty University School of Music has strategic partnerships with leaders in the industry, such as Michael W. Smith. Each semester, the School of Music hosts industry professionals who share their expertise with current commercial music students and provide practical, hands-on experience for those pursuing their bachelor’s in commercial music.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in our School of Music’s Jazz Ensemble.

Our Bachelor’s in Commercial Jazz Music Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Our B.M. in Commercial Music – Jazz Studies Graduates

  • Band leader
  • Composer
  • Jazz arranger
  • Music director
  • Performer
  • Teacher in art school, private music studio, or community school

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.