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Music Programs

This is where musicians become everything they’ve dreamed.

Our degrees and minors span all realms of music, from education to performance to therapy.

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Jazz Minor

As you pursue a jazz minor, you’ll get to explore this great American genre as you take classes in improvisation, jazz history, and applied jazz lessons and ensembles, such as big band and jazz combo.

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Program Highlights

  • Creation, performance, and production of original music
  • Perform, with a high level of artistry, as a soloist and collaborating musician
  • Support from the Mastodon community
  • A prestigious Purdue education


Purdue University Fort Wayne is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

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For more information about all the scholarships available at Purdue Fort Wayne—including opportunities for specific programs—you can visit the Office of Financial Aid or contact us at [email protected].

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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this minor, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of jazz music theory sufficient to analyze musical forms, structures, and styles; to create within basic musical structures; and to relate theoretical concepts to sound
  • Demonstrate performance ability as jazz ensemble members, as conductors, and as soloists on both a primary instrument and/or a secondary instrument in this idiom
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history and literature of jazz music, with an understanding of the social, political and cultural impacts which shaped its development
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing appropriate technology to notate and create music, to investigate and report scholarly research, and to support the specific demands of their area of focused study