Jazz Studies

A Jazz trombonists performs a solo during a Jazz Orchestra concert


* Emphases available in performance and composition. Jazz performance degrees are available in double bass, guitar, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, and trumpet.

The ultimate aim of the jazz program is to develop serious performers and composers who will be among the collaborative leaders of the future. Jazz majors have the opportunity to hone their skills in a variety of large ensembles, a writers’ band, small combos, and student-sponsored jam sessions.

Our jazz faculty are acclaimed performing artists with backgrounds and experiences that span the entire spectrum of the music industry; their goal is to guide students toward instrumental mastery with a strong emphasis on individual artistic expression.

In addition to weekly private study with a member of the artist faculty, students receive instruction in jazz and classically-based music theory and music history, participate in ensembles, and perform recitals.

A calendar of frequent guest artists and clinicians on-campus—most recently, Conrad Herwig—along with the annual Longhorn Jazz Festival, further enhances the creative climate of the program.


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Jazz Faculty

Paul Deemer
Specialist in Jazz Trombone

John Fremgen
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies

Jeffrey Hellmer
Professor of Jazz Studies, Jazz Piano

John Mills
Professor of Jazz Composition, Jazz Saxophone

Michael Sailors
Lecturer in Jazz Trumpet

Fabio Augustinis
Specialist in Jazz Drum Set

Bruce Saunders
Lecturer in Jazz Guitar