Jazz Performance Minor

Jazz Class, Baird Hall.


The UB Music Department has long attracted students with an interest in Jazz who want to continue playing while pursuing majors in other departments including Biology, Engineering, Psychology, etc. Our goal is to provide a diverse array of courses which will help them to build a strong musical foundation.

In addition to offering weekly studio lessons, 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.

Application Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Jazz Performance Minor must audition for the Jazz Ensemble director prior to admission to the program and must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Applicants for the Music Minor in Performance must also submit an application, audition and complete MUS 105 with a minimum grade of "C." 

Course 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 part of both undergraduate music major degree programs.  Mus 110 is part of the UB Curriculum course.  Should a student start in the minor and decide to switch into a music major, fulfillment of courses as a minor would count towards the major.  However, under no circumstances would a student be allowed to simultaneously pursue both a major in music and a minor.

Year 1    
1 Senester Theory MUS 105 4 credits
1 Semester History MUS 110 or MUS 214 4 credits
2 Semesters of Ensemble MUS 356 or MUS 357 4 credits

Year 2

2 Semesters of Ensemble MUS 356 or MUS 357 4 credits
2 Semesters of Applied
Music Lessons
MUS 452-492 4 credits
20 creidts
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