Jazz DMA Programs

A list of universities in North America that offer Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degrees in Jazz Studies and Jazz Performance

Studying for graduate placement exams?

Check out this list of best music theory books, as well as Adler's The Study of Orchestration and Jones, Shaftel, and Chattah's Aural Skills in Context to help study for graduate placement tests. Jazz theory and arranging books are listed below.

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New England Conservatory
University Website College/School of Music Website Location Degree Description Jazz Faculty
University of Rochester Eastman School of Music Rochester, NY Eastman DMA in jazz Eastman School of Music Jazz Faculty
Manhattan School of Music Manhattan School of Music New York City, NY MSM DMA in jazz MSM Jazz Faculty
New England Conservatory New England Conservatory Boston, MA NEC DMA in jazz NEC Jazz Faculty
New York University Steinhardt School New York City, NY NYU DMA in jazz NYU Steinhardt School Jazz Faculty
University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music Bolder, CO UC-B DMA in jazz UC Boulder Jazz Faculty
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music Urbana-Champaign, IL UIUC DMA in jazz UIUC Jazz Faculty
University of Miami Frost School of Music Miami, FL
  • UM DMA in jazz performance
  • UM DMA in vocal jazz
  • UM DMA in jazz composition
  • Frost School of Music Jazz Faculty
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln UNL Glenn Korff School of Music Lincoln, NE UNL DMA in jazz Glenn Korff School of Music Jazz Faculty
    University of North Texas College of Music Denton, TX UNT DMA in jazz UNT Jazz Faculty
    University of Northern Colorado UNC School of Music Greely, CO UNCO DMA in jazz UNC Jazz Faculty
    University of Southern California USC Thorton School of Music Los Angeles, CA USC DMA in jazz USC Jazz Faculty
    University of Texas Butler School of Music Austin, TX UT DMA in jazz UT Austin Jazz Faculty
    University of Toronto Music Department Toronto, Canada U-Toronto DMA in jazz U. Toronto Jazz Faculty

    Favorite Jazz Theory Books

    The Jazz Theory Bosadfadok
    Berklee Jazz Composition Theory and Practice
    Berklee Modern Jazz Voicings
    Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age
    Jazz Arranging and Composing: A Linear Approach
    Jerry Bergonzi's entireInside Jazz Improvisation Series