Jazz Studies (Instrumental)

Concentration in Music (BA)

Why Study Jazz?

Explore the important role of jazz while polishing your skills as an instrumentalist. You’ll study the rich history and influence of jazz, as both a genre within music and also as an important cultural tradition. Learn from North Park’s jazz faculty who are recognized as top professionals in Chicago and beyond.

Performance Opportunities

Perform in multiple venues on and off campus as you emerge into the jazz scene.

  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Combos
  • Concert Band
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Fourth-Year Jazz Recital
  • Gospel Choir Touring Ensemble Band
  • Worship Teams

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Interesting Classes

Focus your music degree in instrumental jazz studies with coursework, ensemble participation, private lessons, and recitals. Specialized requirements and options include:

  • Introduction to the Music Profession
  • Jazz History
  • Jazz/Pop Theory
  • Arranging
  • Fourth-Year Recital

Individual Attention

With most classes well under 20 students, you’ll be able to build relationships with faculty in the music program. You will work with your jazz instructors to find opportunities to showcase your talent in a variety of settings.

Faculty Spotlight:

Dr. Joe Lill

As a jazz trumpeter himself, Dr. Joe Lill knows what young musicians need to succeed in the genre and walks alongside students as they discover the many options that the Music Department offers: access to world-class musicians, opportunities for performing in a variety of ensembles, and a great classroom education.

More About Dr. Lill 

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Beyond the Classroom

Take advantage of opportunities to expand your education outside the classroom through activities that include:

  • Participating in regional music competitions
  • Leading worship for campus chapel and Collegelife services
  • Joining the North Park Theatre Company