Jazz Performance Minor

Jazz Class, Baird Hall.

The Jazz Performance minor allows students with an interest in jazz to continue playing while pursuing majors in other departments. 

In addition to offering weekly studio lessons, our Grammy award-winning jazz faculty direct performance initiatives at the University and throughout the local community, providing students with unique performance opportunities in western New York. The department hosts world-renowned visiting artists throughout the year, offering students free admission to a full season of concerts and the opportunity to participate in guest master classes.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Music Minor in Performance take four semester of applied lessons on the instrument/voice for which they have auditioned.

All of the courses listed below, with the exception of Mus 110, are also part of both the BA in Music and MusB in Music Performance. (Mus 110 is a UB Curriculum course.) Should a student start the minor and decide to switch into a music major, fulfillment of all minor courses would count towards the major.  However, students are not allowed to simultaneously pursue both a major and minor in music.

Year 1    
Music Theory Mus 105 - Music Theory, Analysis, and Aural Skills 1 4 credits
Music History Mus 110 - History of Jazz; or Mus 214, Music History Survey 1 3 credits
2 Semesters of Ensemble Mus 356 - Jazz Ensemble; or Mus 357 - Jazz Combo 4 credits
Year 2
2 Semesters of Ensemble Mus 356 - Jazz Ensemble; or Mus 357 - Jazz Combo

4 credits
2 Semesters of Applied
Music Lessons
400-level (2 credits per semester) 4 credits
19 credits

Application Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Jazz Performance Minor should submit an application and audition for the Jazz Ensemble director, George Caldwell.

Questions about the Jazz Performance Minor?

Get in touch with Professor Brian Moseley, Undergraduate Studies Director

Brian Moseley

Director of Undergraduate Studies; Associate Professor (Music Theory); Area Coordinator; Music Theory

Department of Music

418 Baird Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0646

Email: bmoseley@buffalo.edu