A successful career in the Music Industry requires dedication, vision, and musical excellence. Wether you are training to play in jazz clubs and festivals around the world, run an A&R department for a record label, star your own recording studio, or work in the music business, JU is the perfect place to develop your talents. Lead by a faculty of award-winning music industry professionals, our innovative degree programs can be customized to fit your specific career path.


The BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MUSIC BUSINESS is a signature degree program at Jacksonville University. Our Music Business degree blanaces musical training with course work in Intellectual Property and Copyright Law, Publishing, Record Comany Operations, Audio Recording, Songwriting, to provide you with the most comprehensive music business training available. Our music technology facilities include a 16-station Pro Tools lab that includes the latest software synths such as Reason, Absynth, Battery, and Kontakt. Our recording studio features a Pro Tools HD rig, with Neve and Phoenix preamaps, and a full complement of professional microphones. JU Music Business students also run a campus-based record label, Dolphinium Records, which scouts, signs, produces, and develops marketing and publicity campaigns for 2-3 artists per year.

Our Program:

* Is the ONLY B.S. in Music Business degree program offered in the lower southeastern U.S.

* Features Dolphinium Records, a full-service on campus record label. Students participate in label activities starting their freshman year.

* Provides students the opportunity to work in Live Sound Production, Booking, Management, Radio Station Operations, Record Label Operations, A&R, and Audio Production through our campus organizations Dolphin Productions, Dolphin Radio, and Dolphinium Records.

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Music Business and Commercial Music Faculty:

Dr. Thomas Harrison:

Dr. Michael James Olson:

The BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC, JAZZ EMPHASIS is a degree program that balances a general standard music core with the required university core.  It allows enough flexibility for the aspiring jazz artist to take full advantage of the JU jazz program represented in the Jazz Emphasis course sequence. The primary focus of this program is to concentrate your time to fully develop as an advanced performer prior to graduate study.

JU JAZZ EMPHASIS is centered on the small group or the chamber jazz approach, which reflects the type of training expected of today’s top modern jazz performers. The program includes performance opportunities in the jazz combos.  The combos are arranged into various levels balanced with your ability relative to your instrument.  Course work includes Applied Jazz lessons, Jazz Theory and Fundamentals, Jazz Piano, Jazz Improvisation and Jazz History. These courses are not limited to students working towards the BA in Music, as they can also be implemented into many of our other degree program tracks including: The BM in Music Performance for a more rigorous approach that combines classical study with jazz, the BM in Music Composition and the BS in Music Business.

JU performing arts music students in the jazz program stay very busy, performing in at least two featured concerts per year, but also engage in concert performances at conferences, festivals and many local venues.
  They also get to study and perform with a world-class jazz faculty, enabling some of the best personal jazz instruction available in an affordable private college environment.


John Ricci, Artist in Residence, Jazz Studies Coordinator,


Gary Starling, Artist in Residence, Guitar

Scott Giddens, Jazz Piano

Rick Kirkland, Drum Set

Billy Thornton, Upright Bass