BFA Degree

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    Jazz and Contemporary Music (BFA)

    This undergraduate music program combines intensive small ensemble and individual performance work with rigorous courses in analysis, composition, music history, and liberal arts. Students are mentored by a faculty of renowned musicians and can establish connections as artists and interns in New York City's music world.

    1. A minimum of 80 credits in Jazz and Contemporary Music studio courses (studio music courses, approved internships, and independent study). This includes a 3-credit requirement in career and music business–related courses.
    2. Demonstrated proficiency in Music Theory, Ear Training, Theory and Performance, Piano, Rhythmic Analysis, Sight-Reading, Arranging, and Instrumental Proficiency. (These requirements may be met through coursework or by demonstrating proficiency in placement exams.)
    3. A minimum of 15 credits earned by taking courses in the liberal arts curricula at Eugene Lang College and the Schools of Public Engagement
    4. 15 credits of Music History courses
    5. A 2-credit Senior Seminar liberal arts course at the School of Jazz at The New School
    6. 16 credits of general electives
    7. Completing the Sophomore Repertoire Jury
    8. Completing the Senior Recital

    The New School in New York City

    The city that never sleeps serves as our inspiration, laboratory, and classroom.

    This is the home of great performances, sound and recording studios, arts organizations and cultural institutions, world-class venues and festivals, and the best creative musicians in the business. We help our students navigate these rich opportunities. They enjoy the benefit of having the best live music clubs in the world within walking distance of their school. They can work with our internship director to find and secure valuable internships that provide real-world industry experience and relationships. And almost every night, at least one of our students is performing somewhere in this city. 

    Career opportunities include

    Performance, Composition, Audio Production, Film and Television Scoring, Songwriting, Music Publishing, Audio Engineering, Music Direction, Arts Administration