The jazz studies program offers a unique and comprehensive curriculum for the serious jazz musician. A distinguished faculty works closely with students to create a learning environment which is both productive and inspiring, recognizing that the most valuable asset of a successful jazz program is its quality of experience, not merely its size. At the Butler School of Music, a remarkably high level of faculty-student interaction is made possible by an admissions policy that limits enrollment to a select group of the most promising musicians. The faculty guides its students toward complete instrumental mastery with a strong emphasis on individual artistic expression, always toward the ultimate aim of the program: to develop performers and composers who will be among the future elite of jazz musicians.
The collective teaching experience and artistic range of the jazz faculty offers students expertise in every facet of jazz study. Among these respected educators are specialists on each of the major jazz instruments and composition. In addition to their teaching energies, faculty jazz artists pursue a wide range of creative endeavors at the regional, national and international levels as performers, composers, authors and clinicians. The major awards won by students of the UT jazz program and the career successes of its accomplished alumni are a testament to the faculty's dedication to the development of young talent to its full potential.
Performance opportunities are abundant at UT. Jazz majors have the opportunity to perform in a variety of large jazz ensembles, a "writers' band," small combos, student-sponsored jam sessions and traditional orchestras/ensembles. In July 2004 the UT Jazz Orchestra enjoyed a successful European tour, highlighted by performances at the prestigious North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals. A calendar of frequent guest artists and clinicians to the campus—including Kenny Garrett, Mike Stern, Peter Erskine, Michael Brecker and Phil Woods—highlighted by the annual Longhorn Jazz Festival, further enhance the creative climate of the program.
For more information about the jazz studies program, visit the Jazz Studies Website.