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The Bachelor of Arts in Global Jazz Studies encourages students to think globally about the capacity of jazz to transform the musical and political worlds it engages, while building upon UCLA’s strong jazz studies and world music foundation. Designed for students seeking careers as jazz performers, producers, teachers, and/or jazz scholars, coursework includes scholarly courses on the history and culture of jazz, studio instruction, participation in jazz and world music ensembles, and courses in music theory, musical structure and instrumentation, improvisation, expression, composition, and arranging. The major is interdisciplinary, drawing from various areas across the school of music as well as UCLA’s African American Studies department.

Global Jazz Studies Faculty
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Eddie S. Meadows
Adjunct Professor
Shana Redmond
Associate Professor
Barbara Morrison
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
James Newton
Distinguished Professor
Roberto Miranda
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Tamir Hendelman
Continuing Lecturer
Charley Harrison
Continuing Lecturer
Michele Weir
Adjunct Professor
Kenny Burrell
Distinguished Professor
Hitomi Oba
Ruth Price
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Clayton Cameron
Continuing Lecturer
Steven Loza
Chair of Global Jazz Studies; Professor
Guest Artists Offer Students Unique Insights

The Global Jazz Studies program provides significant opportunities for students to engage with a wide range of distinguished jazz artists, including visiting artists and faculty brought by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA. By offering meaningful interactions with jazz greats, we help students master their instruments and prepare for professional performance careers. Recent opportunities to participate in masterclasses have included such esteemed artists as Jimmy Heath, Terri Lyne Carrington, Billy Childs, Steve Coleman, Benny Golson, Vijay Iyer, Nicole Mitchell, Danilo Pérez, and Jen Shyu.



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Upcoming Events
Oct 25 Thu
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Luciana Souza: North and South - How Brazilian Styles Have Influenced My Jazz Writing
Lecture by jazz vocalist and composer Luciana Souza. Using the styles and rhythms of her native Brazil, Luciana will describe her process for writing jazz pieces.
Band Room – Room 1345 – Schoenberg Music Building
Nov 28 Wed
Jazz Improvisation Class Recital
Enjoy a program of jazz standards by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, presented by the Jazz Improvisation Class.
Room 1439 – Schoenberg Music Building
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Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
Music Industry
Industry professionals and UCLA faculty prepare students for music-related careers
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music
Music Performance Jazz
A highly selective M.M. program in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz