Jazz Voice Studies at the University of North Texas

For information on Jazz Voice Auditions for admission to a degree program, see the Jazz Voice Auditions page, and watch this video for even more helpful information!

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Degrees: Jazz Vocal Performance is a degree path at the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral (DMA) levels. Within the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, students are involved in private applied lessons, small ensemble performing and recording experiences, recitals, vocal jazz forum, and vocal jazz ensembles. Note that the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree is not offered with jazz voice as the primary instrument.

Program of Study
In both the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Jazz Studies degrees, singers study and experience both the traditions and modern practices of vocal jazz performance (in both solo and ensemble settings), songwriting, vocal pedagogy, jazz aural and keyboard skills, jazz theory and arranging, as well as courses in jazz history. In addition to jazz courses and ensembles, undergraduates must satisfy College of Music and University Core requirements. Note that the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree is not offered with jazz voice as the primary instrument.

There are a plethora of ensemble experiences available to jazz voice majors at UNT.  There are seven lab bands (big bands) that each have a solo vocalist, Jazz Chamber Music ensembles that are combos of approximately 5 - 7 instrumental musicians with one vocalist, Latin Jazz Lab Band, Brazilian ensemble, Zebras (pop/R & B/soul ensemble with multiple vocalists, horns, and a rhythm section), and more!  In addition, participation in one of the four vocal jazz ensembles (UNT Jazz Singers, Avenue C, Third Street/Aurora and West End) is required each semester for undergraduate jazz voice majors, and two semesters for graduate jazz voice majors. For more information visit the Vocal Jazz Ensemble audition page.

UNT Jazz Singers performing in NYC at Symphony Space, April 2019

Applied Instruction
• Undergraduate vocal jazz students study jazz voice with one of the outstanding Graduate Teaching Fellows during their first four semesters of applied study. Following a successful Upper Division Examination (UDE), students study with one of the senior faculty members (Prof. Rosana Eckert or Prof. Jennifer Barnes). 
• Graduate students pursuing the Master of Music in Jazz Studies have four semesters of vocal jazz applied study.

Vocal Jazz Forum
Vocal Jazz Forum takes place each Friday afternoon at 3 PM in Lab West (Room 282) in the fall and spring semesters, featuring two jazz voice majors with instrumental accompaniment sharing the 60-minute performance, as well as specialized topics of interest.  All vocal jazz majors are required to attend.

For Further Information
Contact Jennifer Barnes (email) and Rosana Eckert (email) for information regarding vocal jazz at UNT.

  • For vocal jazz ensemble information, click here.
  • For UNT Vocal Jazz Summer Workshop (held each June at UNT) information, click here.
  • For UNT Vocal Jazz Educator Seminar (held each June at UNT) information, click here.
  • For Jennifer Barnes' bio and contact information, click here.
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