Degrees in Jazz Studies at WSU currently consist of a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. To see the degree requirements and class distribution, please click here.
Scholarships are provided by the School of Music to academically qualified and musically talented students. Scholarships are awarded to both music major and to non-music major students. Since Music Scholarships are limited, students are encouraged to complete this process early in the academic year. Guaranteed consideration for a music scholarship is given to those students who have completed this process by December 1. The School of Music begins the awarding of Music Scholarships to new and transfer students in mid January. Students receive Music Scholarship award notices and contracts by mail and have ten business days after the receipt of the notification to accept the award. Please go here to apply for general School of Music and WSU scholarhips, and to schedule an audition. You may also email jazz faculty members directly to being the audition scheduling process.
In order to be considered for a music scholarship students must:
• Be admitted to WSU. An admission application can be completed on (www.wichita.edu).
• Complete a Music Scholarship/Entrance Audition.
• Complete a Music Scholarship Application
• For need based (non-music) scholarship consideration, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the WSU priority date of March 1. To authorize release of your data to WSU, you will need to list WSU by using our federal school code of 001950.
We also offers Masters degrees in applied instrumental performance to jazz students who wish to pursue graduate studies interested in study at WSU. This means that while a MM in Jazz Studies is not currently available, you can still study with applied jazz faculty and receive an MM in Music Performance. See here for more details.
WSU Jazz Studies also has a Graduate Teaching Assistantship available, which offers tuition expenses and stipend for assisting the Director of Jazz Studies and working as an integral part of the WSU Jazz Invitaional, part of the Wichita Jazz Festival. To inquire about graduate study, please contact the Director of Jazz Studies by email. You will also want to take a look at the position description by clicking here.
You must also complete the application for graduate assistantships, which you can find here.
Jazz Scholarships are available to any and all undergraduate students based on academic performance while in high school. We are also pleased to be able to offer two scholarships to jazz studies students:
The Bill Thomson Scholarship to especially qualified undergraduate students in jazz studies. The Glen and Celia Goering Music Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding incoming freshman in jazz studies.
Please contact the Director of Jazz Studies to inquire about these awards.
Past recipients of the Bill Thomson Scholarship:
2009 – Thomas Gordon
2010 – Ashlee Baysinger
2011 – Christopher Patton, Immanuel Scott
2012 – Austin Johanning
2013 – Austin Johanning
2014 – Seth Carrithers, Micah White