Amherst's Music Department provides many different outlets to explore jazz in an academic setting. Each semester, the Music Department offers at least one jazz theory course as well as other less theoretical jazz and pop courses. The Music Department also allows for students to collaborate with jazz professors and create their own "special topics" course. These courses usually contain no more than three students and have dealt with a slew of jazz topics within the last few years.
Amherst students also have the opportunity to take private jazz-based music lessons for academic credit with a member of the Jazz@Amherst adjunct faculty. Members of the Jazz Band and Jazz Combos can also receive academic credit for their participation. Lessons are offered in jazz for drums, guitar, bass, piano, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and voice.