Overview of Course Offerings
The Center for Jazz Studies was instrumental in fostering the inclusion of the study of jazz as an integral part of Columbia University’s renowned Core Curriculum, taken by every Columbia student; and the undergraduate Special Concentration in Jazz Studies, an interdisciplinary liberal arts program of study open to students majoring in any field, that combines music history and ethnomusicology with literary theory and cultural studies. Through jazz, students in this internationally oriented concentration explore complex and ongoing interactions in jazz throughout the world, emerging well prepared for careers in many academic and non-academic fields.
Generous funding from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation underwrites the Center’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, which features eight performance ensembles, a Visiting Artists Program, and nine Music Associates, professional musicians who serve as adjunct faculty members to provide private lessons and mentoring in performance and composition.
The Armstrong Educational Foundation also supports the Louis Armstrong Visiting Professorship, which places leading national and international scholars, artists, and writers working on jazz in classroom dialogue with Columbia students, as well as with the campus and general public. The Armstrong Professorship supports both unique courses taught by the visiting professors, and public events associated with the Professorship.