Music (Jazz Studies Concentration), BM

College of Fine Arts

Program Description:

The Jazz Studies Concentration is a pre-professional program for those whose intent is to pursue a career as a music performer in jazz and commercial styles of music.  Students enrolled in this program are expected to attain a high standard of performance on their instrument, including the development of skills in jazz improvisation.  This degree also prepares the student for success at the graduate level of study in the area of jazz. 

Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for admission as a declared major in the College of Fine Arts, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 26 hours of earned credit.

  2. A grade point average of at least 2.50 in all hours attempted or, a grade point average of at least 2.50 in the last 30 hours attempted.

  3. Competency in English writing as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 26 or higher on the English section of the ACT examination or 610 SAT verbal, or completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better, or receiving credit through Advanced Placement Exam.

  4. Competency in Mathematics as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 22 or higher on the Math section of the ACT examination or 510 SAT math, or completion of MATH 120 or Math 101 and 102 with a grade of C or better, or placement into college-level Math by Compass exam.

  5. Completion of 12 credit hours of course work in the major area with at least a 2.5 grade point average.

  6. Students seeking the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music Education degree must also have approval to concentrate in the appropriate instrument or voice. Refer to the Music section for additional admission requirements to the instrumental and voice programs and the Bachelor of Music Education program.

  7. Students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media must also be admitted through the IFDM selection process and have completed the first two IFDM core courses with grades of C or better.

  8. Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Dance must also be approved to enter the program by audition/interview. Contact the Theatre and Dance department office for further details.

If you plan to major in one of the departments in the College of Fine Arts, you should transfer to the college as soon as the above requirements have been completed. To apply for transfer, go to the College of Fine Arts Advisement Center located in the Center for the Arts, room 1102, to obtain and submit the application for admission as a declared major. Applications are accepted during the fall and spring semesters.


Transfer Agreements:

If you are transferring to the University of New Mexico after having studied at another college or university, you may be eligible for admission directly into the College of Fine Arts. In general, the screening procedures and admission requirements are the same as those described above for admission to become a declared major.

Career Opportunities:

 Music can be a form of communication, artistic expression, entertainment, therapy, and worship. Within the broad field of music, there are many areas of specialization. A concentration in music, with its emphasis on performance, analysis, and critical interpretation, provides a foundation for careers in education, business, communication, and the arts” (from the University of Texas – Austin Fine Arts Career Services website).  A bachelor’s degree is required for most areas of music, and a graduate degree may be required for some areas. The skills learned through this type of degree program can be applied to a broad range of careers. Music “develops the ability to concentrate intensely, to listen introspectively, observe keenly, work under pressure, meet deadlines, and to maintain composure when faced with the unexpected. Well-developed communication skills, along with aural sensitivity, enable graduates to contribute and succeed in many professions” (from the University of Texas – Austin Fine Arts Career Services website). 


Contact Information:

College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center:
(505) 277-4817
finearts@unm.edu