The Commercial Music program at USC Upstate offers instruction in a variety of styles of music. Commercial music-based courses such as songwriting, music business, music technology and popular music studies prepare students for work in the music industry. Students work with a strong faculty of performing musicians and leading scholars. Jazz Studies is just one of the many types of music that students can focus in. A minor in Jazz Studies is a great way to continue a passion of music.
The Jazz Studies minor offers an experiential learning environment that prepares the student for careers in performing, private instruction, music directing, career management, publishing, booking or working with technology in diverse professional music settings.
With the ever-growing array of opportunities available in performance, education, recording, publishing, and technology, the commercial music field demands skills that incorporate knowledge of practical music theory, ear training, contemporary music repertoire, pedagogy, composition, arranging, improvisation, technology, history, and music business.
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The USC Upstate Jazz Combos are comprised of students both majoring in music or playing as a hobby. They perform concerts each semester and feature classic and contemporary jazz by artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington and Wayne Shorter. Students earn one (1) credit for MUSC 127/327. Stipends are available for all participating students. For more information contact Nolan Stolz at 864-503-5263.