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Department of Music
2000 Lakeshore Drive
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70148 Phone:(504) 280-6381
Fax:(504) 280-6098

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Jazz Studies Degree Program

Professor Emeritus and Jazz Studies program founder Ellis Marsalis with faculty members Ed Petersen, Steve Masakowski, Brian Seeger, and Irvin Mayfield, with graduate student "Mighty" Sam Wiseman, perform at the re-opening of the Sandbar stage at The Cove student center, December 2, 2011.


Where better to study jazz than New Orleans?  This flagship Program of Excellence, founded in 1989 by jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis, is celebrated for its distinction in teaching, unique performance opportunities, and distinguished alumni.  Jazz Studies at UNO embraces both the rich traditions of our city and the innovations and creativity that keep New Orleans on the forefront of a burgeoning creative economy.

Our Jazz Studies Faculty are some of the best-known and respected musicians, composers, producers and educators in the field.  Their level of professionalism, dedication, and personal attention is routinely cited by students as one of the top reasons to choose Jazz Studies at UNO.

In addition to the department’s core courses in theory, history, and technology, the Jazz Studies program focuses on individual and ensemble performance abilities, composing and arranging skills, and the critical thinking and entrepreneurial skills you need to succeed professionally.

State of the art studios and labs allow creativity at the cutting edge. Master classes and our "Jazz at the Sandbar" program allow you to learn from and perform with some of the most legendary musicians of our time.  UNO Music students play at numerous venues around the city and become an active member of the vibrant New Orleans music community.

The UNO Jazz Studies program is competitive, but substantial scholarships are available.

PRE-AUDITION RECORDING:  Every Jazz Studies applicant must submit a pre-audition recording and application form via YouTube or mailed hard copy. Pre-audition recordings are accepted throughout the year; due to scholarship deadlines and availability, early applications are encouraged.  Students must be admitted to both the University of New Orleans (through the College of Liberal Arts) and by audition to the Jazz Studies program.

Prof. Ed Petersen

Requirements for B.A. in Music (Jazz Studies emphasis):
If you entered the Jazz Studies program before Fall 2009, click here.
If you entered during or after Fall 2009, or are considering entering the program, click here.
To see course descriptions, click here for the Registrar’s catalog listings.

Requirements for a Masters in Music in Jazz Studies:  click here.


Updated December 17, 2013



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