The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music


academic-degreesThe New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music awards the bachelor of fine arts degree to students who successfully complete 128 credits of study, which must include

  1. A minimum of 84 credits in jazz courses (Studio courses, internships, or approved independent studies may be applied toward the 84-credit minimum.)
  2. Completing the requirements in theory, ear training, theory and perform­ance, piano, rhythmic analysis, sight-reading, arranging, and instrumental proficiency (These requirements may be met through coursework or by demonstrating proficiency in placement exams.)
  3. A minimum of 18 credits of liberal arts courses taken through The New School’s Undergraduate Liberal Studies curriculum
  4. 16 credits of music history courses
  5. Passing the sophomore jury
  6. Performing a senior recital
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