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A-State Jazz Studies is an exciting and energetic program that includes two jazz big bands, a variable number of jazz combos, and courses in jazz history, jazz theory, and improvisation. A-State Jazz ensembles have traveled across the country to events such as the 2019 Greeley Jazz Festival in Greeley, Colorado, however residents of Jonesboro have ample opportunity to hear the members of the A-State Jazz program as it is widely visible throughout the community. The A-State Jazz Ensembles perform several concerts a semester while members of the A-State Jazz program frequently perform in small combos throughout the Jonesboro community. High School students may enjoy participating in the annual Delta Jazz Workshop each summer and for students interested in pursuing Jazz further. A-State offers a minor in Jazz Studies.
Students interested in degrees in Jazz Studies at Arkansas State University will explore an intensive curriculum of jazz improvisation techniques, styles, analysis, and transcription as well as jazz arranging and pedagogy. This path is ideal for students wishing to perform, compose, or teach jazz or who are seeking further education in graduate studies in jazz.
Minor in Music (Jazz Studies): Students may choose to add a minor of music with emphasis in jazz studies to prepare for additional employment opportunities in teaching, performance, and composition. A multitude of jazz music courses, ensembles, and individual lessons can be used to satisfy the music minor. For future teachers (BME), this minor represents your added qualifications to lead jazz ensembles at any level. Performance (BM) students may choose to add this minor to prepare for additional employment opportunities in performance such as commercial music, Broadway show scores, and jazz in graduate school and beyond. Composition (BM) students add this minor to increase their versatility and pursue an interest in jazz arranging or composition. This training could be a step toward film scoring and other commercial music applications.
All A-State jazz ensembles are open to all A-State university students. Auditions take place during the first days of classes and will ask interested students to perform a prepared piece, sight-reading, and improvisation (not required). For information about jazz ensemble auditions please contact Mr. Michael Medrick.
The A-State Jazz Studies program offers a comprehensive jazz education to our students. Below is a list of the courses offered.
The A-State Delta Jazz Workshop is an intensive Wednesday through Saturday experience in jazz for students interested in improving their ability to play in jazz ensembles and to improvise solos. Workshop hours this year will be 9:00 am-9:00 pm weekdays, and 10:00 am-4:00 pm Saturday. DJW is open to any music student entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2023 as well as to recent high school graduates.
Each student will have many opportunities for participation in daily classes, ensembles, and small combos. Evening activities will include concerts by guest artists, followed by a jam session with other campers and college students.
Cost of attendance is $240, with no overnight stays. Included in the tuition are seven meals, including lunch and dinner Wednesday-Friday, and lunch on Saturday. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due by June 15th, and the full payment is due by July 5th.
Michael Medrick, Director (A-State Interim Director of Jazz Studies)
Mary Medrick (A-State Adjunct Faculty in Jazz Studies)
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Please email Mary Medrick with any questions.