Students who wish to emphasize jazz performance while at UNC should pursue the following Jazz Studies area courses sequentially according to the prerequisites listed below. It is recommended that students take the theory and improvisation courses early during their studies at UNC to allow time to build artistry throughout the remaining undergraduate years while playing in the ensembles.  Students who play classical music or who are pursuing other majors are also welcome and encouraged to sign up for the courses.

Theory and Improvisation Courses

  • MUSC 135 Jazz Harmony (Stephen Anderson | Offered each Fall, TR 2:00-3:15)
  • MUSC 163 Jazz Improvisation 1 (James Ketch, TR 9:30-10:45)
  • MUSC 263 Jazz Improvisation 2 (prerequisite MUSC 135 and MUSC 163 | Offered every other Spring)
  • MUSC 265 Jazz Composition & Arranging (Stephen Anderson, prerequisite MUSC 135 | Offered every other Spring)


History Courses

  • MUSC 145 Introduction to Jazz History (Stephen Anderson, | Offered each Fall, course times vary)
  • MUSC 280 Jazz Innovators

Individual Applied Instruction in Jazz

Private instruction in jazz is offered for saxophone, trumpet, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. For more information see the course listings in the Course Catalog and contact the individual lesson instructors (more information on lessons at the bottom of this page).

  • MUSC 200.4 – Advanced Individual Lessons in Keyboard (Edmund Paolantonio)
  • MUSC 200.6 – Advanced Individual Lessons in Keyboard (Stephen Anderson)
  • MUSC 203.9 – Advanced Individual Lessons in Strings, Jazz Bass (Jason Foureman)
  • MUSC 203.13 – Advanced Individual Lessons in Strings, Jazz Guitar (Scott Sawyer)
  • MUSC 204.9 – Advanced Woodwinds, Jazz Saxophone (Aaron Hill)
  • MUSC 205.3 – Advanced Individual Lessons in Brass, Trumpet (James Ketch)
  • MUSC 206.2 – Advanced Individual Lessons in Percussion (Dan Davis)