Degrees and Programs

One of the most exciting and innovative jazz programs in the country, Juilliard Jazz Studies combines education in the history and traditions of the music with unparalleled professional performance opportunities designed to integrate students into a thriving jazz environment. 


  • Bachelor of Music


  • Master of Music

  • Graduate Diploma


  • Artist Diploma (tuition-free, performance-based program)

For more information about the program and requirements, visit 

Juilliard Jazz Departmental Overview Video
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“For the student looking for a great place to study and peform jazz, the best choice is to study at The Juilliard School, and to be in New York City.” 
Ron Carter Juilliard Jazz Double Bass Faculty

Guest Artists

Jazz students benefit from the relationship that Juilliard Jazz has with some of the world's most renowned artists. These musicians visit Juilliard as part of an ongoing series of residencies, master classes, and informal lectures throughout the year. 

Artist Residencies: World-class jazz musicians perform and teach during a multi-day visit to Juilliard in preparation for upcoming concerts with Juilliard Jazz students. They lead master classes; teach classes in the Business of Jazz, Jazz Arranging, and/or Improvisation; and perform with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra or a small ensemble in a public concert at Juilliard. Artists such as Terence Blanchard, Jon Faddis, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Maria Schneider have been among the roster of notable guests.

Friday Forums: Guest artists and industry leaders conduct two-hour master classes/lectures on various topics to offer insight and motivation for the program's developing artists. Recent guests have included Cyrus Chestnut, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Paquito D'Rivera, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Benny Green, Barry Harris, Harold Mabern, Mulgrew Miller, Paul Motian, and Cedar Walton. These forums also include presentations on the most up-to-date technologies and career development.

“In my experience with the touring program, I’ve loved getting to play music at a high level with my peers and Juilliard faculty. Performing in places both nationally and internationally has given me the experience of playing for different kinds of audiences, helping me to be versatile in the way that I connect with people through music.”
Jordan Pettay Saxophone, MM '14, Fort Worth, Tex.