Master of Music in Instrumental Jazz Performance

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Trumpet player performs a solo while the jazz band takes a moment to rest on stage Trumpet player performs a solo while the jazz band takes a moment to rest on stage

About the Curriculum

The Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance Masters Degree Program seeks to prepare students as both individual and collaborative artists equipped to enter the competitive, entrepreneurial landscape of modern jazz and commercial music. The curriculum emphasizes the training of the total musician, with coursework in composition, arranging, improvisation, history, technology, and pedagogy alongside private study on the major instrument. Master’s students have the opportunity to work with Frost’s outstanding faculty in both classroom and private lesson settings.  Students obtain performing experience in a wide range of small and large ensembles and participate in numerous highly visible public performances.

A large jazz instrumental faculty ensures an extremely low student-teacher ratio. Classes are small and faculty members are on campus and actively engaged in the daily student experience.


Students have many opportunities to record as both performers and composers in the Studio Music and Jazz Department’s own recording studio, as well in three other state-of-the-art studios on the Frost School of Music campus. In addition, jazz students often collaborate with students in other majors, including media writing, music engineering technology, and contemporary performance. Miami’s vibrant, multicultural music scene offers a wide range of performing and listening opportunities off-campus as well.

The rich and relevant history of the Frost School has propelled its graduates to successful and fulfilling careers in every corner of the music profession, as well as in over eighty institutions of higher education. For an inside look at the Frost experience, please visit the Studio Music and Jazz Department’s YouTube channel, featuring over one hundred videos of Frost jazz students, faculty and guests in performance.

For more information regarding the curriculum, please visit the Academic Bulletin.

Academic Bulletin