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Jazz Studies


About the Program

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

The Rowan University Jazz Program is designed to prepare the serious jazz musician for a career in jazz and commercial music. Acceptance into the program is based on performance auditions, tests of musical ability, previous academic standing and score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. All students study a major instrument with an artist/teacher, engage in private study in jazz improvisation and classical, perform in small jazz ensembles and gain experience playing in a large jazz ensemble. Classes include small jazz groups, jazz composition, arranging, music business and jazz history. All students perform a jury examination at the conclusion of each semester and prepare and present a full recital their junior and senior year.

The challenging but family like atmosphere of Rowan University creates an ideal environment in which to study jazz. Our faculty is composed of in demand working professional musicians/educators dedicated to preserving this uniquely American art form.

Bachelor of Music Education - Jazz Specialization

The Jazz Education Degree is the same as the Music Education Degree with a modest selection of Jazz courses added. Students who are interested in Music Education and also love Jazz will find this major a perfect fit. Graduating students not only will be certified to teach K through 12 but they will have more experience with improvised music, arranging and rehearsing jazz ensembles. Learning techniques to teach and rehearse jazz groups are also stressed. Acceptance into the program is based on performance auditions, tests of musical ability, previous academic standing and score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

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Jazz Faculty

Brian Betz; guitar
Denis DiBlasio; Director of Jazz Studies
Tom Giacabetti; guitar & small jazz ensemble
Howie Gordon; video recording
Douglas Mapp; bass
Jim Miller; drums & small jazz ensemble
George Rabbai; trumpet, jazz band, small jazz ensemble
Robert Rawlins, saxophone, early jazz band, jazz theory
Dean Schneider; piano
Ed Vezinho, arranging


Degree Offerings

MM - Master of Music in Jazz Studies
BM - Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
BM - Bachelor of Music Education - Jazz Specialization

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Course Offerings

Music Course Catalog

  • Lab Band
  • Computer Technology in Music
  • Pep Band
  • Jazz Arranging
  • Jazz Band
  • Jazz Theory
  • Rehearsal Techniques
  • Small Jazz Ensembles
  • Jazz Composition
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Individual Instrument - Private Lessons in both Jazz Improvisation and Classical (BM Jazz Studies)
  • Recording Techniques
  • Business of Music

Faculty Instructional Videos

Denis DiBlasio - A Life of Jazz

Denis DiBlasio on Creating

Denis DiBlasio, Jazz Improvisation Tips; The Importance of Good Time

Denis DiBlasio, Jazz Improvisation Tips; Solo on One Scale

Denis DiBlasio, Jazz Improvisation Tips; Some Ways to Use a Metronome

Denis DiBlasio, Jazz Improvisation Tips; What Jazz Tunes Should I Learn?

Denis DiBlasio, Jazz Improvisation Tips; Chord Confusion

Denis DiBlasio, Jazz Improvisation Tips; Transcribing Solos

Denis DiBlasio, Jazz Improvisation Techniques; Scales

Denis DiBlasio, Sight-Reading

Denis DiBlasio, Jazz Articulation

Denis DiBlasio, Singing Into the Flute 1

Denis DiBlasio, Singing Into the Flute 2

Denis DiBlasio, Singing Into the Flute 3

Denis DiBlasio, Stress free Fermata Technique

Denis DiBlasio Talks About His Pathways to Improvisation Book

Denis DiBlasio and Gerry DeLoach Live at Chris's in Philadelphia

Denis DiBlasio and Brian Betz Playing the Blues

Denis DiBlasio returns to the ISU Jazz Camp

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