UCLA School of Music / Global Jazz

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.

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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Daniel Szabo wins the 4th Annual ASCAP Foundation Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize
UCLA professor Daniel Szabo was selected from a pool of submissions from across the country, ranging from leading jazz veterans to promising young composers, as the recent winner of the ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize.
Masterclass and Demonstration with Jazz Master Benny Golson
Golson made a special appearance at the school of music on Oct. 16 to celebrate the inauguration of the new Global Jazz Studies program. What unfolded was a lesson in jazz history from the 94-year-old tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger.
Recent graduate performs at Montreux Jazz Festival for Quincy Jones’ birthday celebration
WATCH: Jade Elliott, who studied jazz at UCLA, earned the opportunity of her young career: an all-expenses paid trip to Switzerland to perform at the high-profile event.
Renowned jazz artists to hold workshop, bring new perspective to music education
In the DAILY BRUIN: Our new Global Jazz Studies Program hosts its first official workshop (Monday @ 11 a.m.) and concert (Tuesday @ 8 p.m.) with renowned South African jazz artists McCoy Mrubata and Paul Hanmer, who grew up during apartheid.
Jazz supporters help endow UCLA faculty chair honoring guitar great Kenny Burrell
The school received $1.2 million to establish the Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies. The new endowed chair will help attract a senior faculty member who will add teaching power to UCLA’s new global jazz studies major.
Just announced! New bachelor's degree offered in global jazz studies
Undergraduates interested in careers as jazz performers, producers, teachers and/or scholars of jazz will now have the opportunity to receive a cross-disciplinary bachelor of arts degree in global jazz studies, with African American Studies.
Nov 26 Mon
UCLA Jazz Combos Concert
Concert featuring UCLA student jazz combos directed by world-class jazz instructors.
Schoenberg Hall
Nov 27 Tue
UCLA Big Band Concert
The UCLA LatinJazz Big Band, the Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, and the UCLA Jazz Orchestra, directed by world-class jazz artists, will be performing well-known jazz standards as well as original compositions.
Schoenberg Hall
Nov 28 Wed
Jazz Improvisation Class Recital
Enjoy a program of jazz standards by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, presented by Tamir Hendelman's Jazz Improvisation Class.
Room 1439 – Schoenberg Music Building

Explore Our Degrees

Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
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