In 1946, The University of North Texas became the first university in the nation to offer a degree program in jazz studies. Today, the North Texas jazz program, housed within the largest music school in the nation, retains its role as leader in jazz education. It has earned an international reputation for excellence in both the music education field and the professional jazz industry. The UNT One O'Clock Lab Band is the best-known ensemble in the program, which offers the Master of Music degrees in jazz studies and the Doctor of Musical Arts with a concentration in jazz studies. Jazz studies courses can also be taken to fulfill elective or related field requirements in other UNT degrees. Admission to the related field in jazz studies is by audition. For more information, see the UNT Graduate Catalog at Toulouse Catalog. Many jazz studies courses are available for proficiency credit. At the start of each long semester, exams are given to enable those who can show that they have equivalent skills or knowledge to receive proficiency credit. Ten faculty, each renowned and respected in the field, instruct nearly 270 majors in areas of applied instrumental performance, vocal jazz and composition/arranging. Roughly 75 majors are recipients of endowed jazz scholarships. For information about admissions and degree requirements go to the UNT Division of Jazz Studies website. There you will also find the Jazz Studies Student Handbook.
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