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Important Update:

The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees through May 31.
Alternative instructional delivery methods will be used for the rest of the spring semester, May intersession courses and summer blocks I and II. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

Jazz Performance majors at Central join our internationally respected jazz program, which dates dating back to 1960. Generations of our jazz students have moved on to successful professional careers around the world — in performance, education, music production, engineering, arts management, and other diverse fields. Students from any major or program of study on campus are invited to audition and perform with our Jazz majors perform in groups such as Jazz Ensembles 1-4, six unique Jazz Combos, the "Chamber Swingers” Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Symphony Orchestra, the Percussion Consort, and pit orchestras. Our emphasis is on real-world experience, and the UCO Jazz Lab facility has consistently provided more performance opportunities for our students than almost any other jazz program in the nation nationwide. Our top students also frequently interface with the Oklahoma City metro music scene, performing professionally on a weekly basis. Applied study with talented and experienced faculty will challenge students and help them to develop the skills necessary to succeed in this competitive field. Students also study music theory, music history, literature, pedagogy and more.



To see the classes that make up the Jazz Performance curriculum, check out the degree sheet.

Degree Sheet

Scholarships & Tuition Waivers

The UCO College of Fine Arts and Design annually awards more than $150,000 in scholarships with more than 90 scholarship opportunities.  Our talented and ambitious students ensure that CFAD remains a center for excellence in the fine and performing arts. CFAD scholarships recognize the dedication displayed in the classroom, in performances, and in exhibitions, as well as help our students make their studies a primary focal point and not monetary stress.

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Career Opportunities

Jazz Performance career opportunities include: 

  • Orchestra/Band
  • Directing
  • Planning
  • Leading
  • Musician Selection
  • Teaching

Community Opportunities

Take advantage of these opportunities in the Metro which may spark your interest and even boost your resume.