• Trumpet (Jazz & Classical)

  • Jazz Piano (Beginning to Intermediate)

  • Improvisation (ALL Levels)

  • Jazz Composition & Arranging


  • Jazz Arranging For All Levels

  • The Art Of Improvisation: Using Literary Elements to Construct Jazz Solos

  • Trusting The Process: Steps to Becoming A Life Long Improviser

Degree OfferedB.M. in Jazz Performance

The Stanislaus State Jazz Studies program is focused on providing an educational environment for future jazz educators and performers. Students involved in Stan State Jazz have numerous opportunities to perform, participate in master classes, study privately, and to pursue independent projects. In addition, the Jazz program offers a comprehensive classroom experience emphasizing performance, composition/arranging, jazz history, pedagogy, styles and analysis, and large and small ensemble playing. The Jazz program also performs a number of outreach activities that are designed to enrich elementary, middle school, and high school students throughout the area, and the community at large.

The Stan State Jazz Studies program prides itself on brining prominent jazz artists to campus to perform and conduct clinicsto aide in the development and mentorship of its students through performances and workshops. Such artists have included Carl Allen, Donald Brown, Jeff Clayton, Orrin Evans, Jon Fedchock, Stefon Harris, Tamir Hendelman, Chad Lefkowicz-Brown, Christian McBride, Terell Stafford, Greg Tardy, Wayne Wallace, and Steve Wilson as well as members of the Count Basie Orchestra and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Guest artists for the current year will include clarinetist Ken Peplowski as well as Etienne Charles who will be the guest artist for the 2019 Stan State Jazz Festival (March 8 & 9).

For more information on the Jazz Studies program or other music department programs and activities, visit www.csustan.edu/music. For questions directy about the Jazz Studies program contact Joe Mazzaferro directly at jmazzaferro@csustan.edu