Ideally situated near the jazz capital of Chicago and under the expert guidance of director Victor L. Goines, Northwestern's Jazz Studies program provides the perfect environment for jazz musicians.

The jazz studies program currently offers the bachelor of music and master of music degrees. In addition to the excellent instruction at the Bienen School of Music, students have ready access to a wide array of challenging coursework in other fields, something that can be found only at a major research university. Performance opportunities for jazz students include large and small ensembles that are heard regularly throughout the year, as well as performance opportunities in the thriving jazz scene in the greater Chicago area. Program graduates can be found in a variety of important performance and university settings throughout the United States and abroad.

Well-known as both a jazz educator and artist, Goines’ long list of credentials include current membership in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as well as recordings and concerts with many of the jazz and popular music greats of today. Additionally, he served as artistic director of the Juilliard School’s jazz studies program for seven years, developing curricula for the bachelor’s and master’s degrees and the artist diploma program.

Goines firmly believes that jazz performers must have highest-level technical skills and an in-depth knowledge of the language of jazz and its historical roots. These elements, he feels, combined with self-understanding, are invaluable in developing artists who are articulate in the idiom and who can contribute to the evolution of this important American art form.

The Jazz Studies Program is supported in part by a grant from The Owen L. Coon Foundation.

Jazz Studies Faculty

Joe Clark

Lecturer, Jazz Studies (Ensembles and Composition and Arranging)

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Kevin Fort

Lecturer, Jazz Studies (Ensembles)

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Tom Garling

Lecturer, Jazz Studies (Trombone)

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Willie Jones III

Lecturer, Jazz Studies (Percussion)

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Jeremy Kahn

Lecturer, Jazz Studies (Piano and Improvisation)

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Jazz Performing Ensembles

Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Small Ensembles