Jazz Studies


The Jazz Studies Program at North Carolina Central University is dedicated to fostering a quality education, shaping the future of aspiring musicians, and maintaining the integrity of a great art form.

About Jazz Studies: An NCCU Area of Distinction


In 1979, NCCU became the first university in the state to offer a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. The program has since evolved to include a comprehensive vocal jazz component and the Master of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance.

The essence of jazz is a perspective and a reflection on the human spirit.

Branford Marsalis
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Bachelor's of Music in Jazz


The Department of Music offers a strong, diversified undergraduate curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Jazz.

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Master's of Music in Jazz

The Department of Music offers a focused graduate curriculum leading to the Master's of Music degree in Jazz, with two concentrations (Composition/Arranging and Performance) available.

Faculty and Artists-in-Residence


Our award-winning faculty as well as artists-in-residence Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo provide hands-on instruction via workshops and other instructional opportunities.

Watch Jazz Studies

When it comes to jazz, words can only capture so much. Check out our Jazz Studies video section to see the program truly come to life!


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Jazz Studies Store


The Jazz Studies store offers products (e.g., music albums and instructional books) created by our faculty and students and also provides an option for booking a Jazz Studies presentation at your school or organization. 

Jazz Studies Scholarships

In addition to general NCCU scholarships, Jazz Studies offers funding opportunities specific to its students. Find out more today!

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