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Jazz and Commercial Music Studies

The degree in Jazz and Commercial music at Hofstra is unique as it encompasses a true liberal arts curriculum, in addition to intensive training in music. All Jazz and Commercial music majors must take the University Distribution courses in the humanities, social sciences, math and natural science, along with a core of "traditional" music courses (theory, ear-training, history, ensembles, etc.). The jazz/commercial requirements are incorporated in this "core" series via improvisation, Jazz history, arranging, songwriting and electronic music/studio courses. We believe that it is truly a diverse methodology providing a well-rounded foundation for our students.