Robert Larson, Associate Professor of Music
Armstrong Hall, Room 18-C, (540) 665-4557, [email protected]
The focus of the Jazz Studies curriculum at Shenandoah University is on the preparation of musicians as performers and arrangers in the broad field of contemporary music, which includes jazz, popular, commercial, classical and studio music. Students are also trained in areas of technology, as well as in jazz teaching techniques, in preparation for a career of evolving opportunities. The philosophy of the Shenandoah University Jazz Studies curriculum is grounded in the belief that 21st century artists will work in a variety of settings, where performing, composing, studio work and teaching are important components of a successful musician’s overall career.
Students completing the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies will be able to:
- design, develop and complete collaborative projects appropriate to their discipline and career goals;
- perform, arrange and compose in a variety of contemporary styles emphasizing jazz and other related styles;
- integrate knowledge of music theory, musical analysis and historic musical developments into the preparation and performance of repertoire;
- demonstrate a knowledge of jazz pedagogy and skill in teaching jazz; and
- demonstrate entrepreneurial and technological skills required of the contemporary jazz musician.