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.
Music Department Courses
Jazz Theory and Improvisation I (Music 113) - a jazz "performance" course offered through the music department at Amherst. Taught by Bruce Diehl.
Advanced Topics in Jazz (Music 247) - explore jazz through transcription, composition, arranging and improvisation. Using members of the class as a laboratory band we will seek to develop our own unique compositional voices that draw on jazz traditions. Taught by Bruce Diehl
A great benefit of being part of the Five College system is that Amherst students may take courses at UMass Amherst. UMass has some excellent music courses and professors available as well. Click here to go to the UMass Music Dept. homepage .
For more information on other music courses at Amherst College, go to the Amherst College Music Department Homepage.