Towson University offers a Bachelor of Music degree with a focus on jazz/commercial composition. Students gain experience in a variety of styles and techniques that will guide them to discover their own niche in the world of music. Composers are equipped with the tools and skills that allow them to be flexible, professional and develop a personal experience of the creative process. Our dedicated and inspired faculty is comprised of regionally and internationally recognized jazz/commercial artists.
An emphasis of the jazz/commercial composition program is live performances of student work. Works may be performed by our student ensembles or by ensembles organized by the student composers themselves. Student ensembles include the Towson University Jazz Orchestra (founded by the late Hank Levy), the Pop Ensemble, the Latin Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Free Improvisation Ensemble and the Jazz Combos. Course offerings include Music Industry and Recording Techniques classes.
The Recording Studio of the Towson University Department of Music provides opportunities to create and perform for recording projects in a professional environment. We strive to prepare students to participate in the rich and diverse musical culture of today.
Guest artists visit the program to offer concerts and workshops to our students as well as members of the community. Each semester, the Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency program brings internationally recognized artists to our campus that coach and perform with Towson students. The Towson University Jazz Festival is an annual event that provides an opportunity for High School ensembles to work with guest artists and Towson Jazz/Commercial faculty.
The Jazz/Commercial music program encourages interaction with other artists, programs of the university, and the Greater Baltimore community providing students opportunity to engage and participate in the region’s vibrant culture.
Scholarships for composition majors, ranging from a few hundred dollars to full tuition for several years, are available to selected undergraduate students. Additional information regarding scholarship auditions is included in the department's application package. Programs are available to help students obtain financial assistance. These programs include grants, loans and employment. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 410-704-4239 for further information.
For information on Jazz/Commercial Composition, contact Prof. David Ballou at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-704-2822.
Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.