Preparation for a musical life in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation.

What are you looking for in a musical education? Innovation? Adaptability? Collaboration? How about flexibility? You'll find all that and more with Lawrence's newest degree option, the Bachelor of Musical Arts with a focus on jazz and contemporary improvisation. This intensive four-year program empowers you to move beyond technical excellence and develop the musical fluency needed for 21st-century musicianship. The B.M.A. was designed for multi-interested musicians—the ones looking to both master their craft and pursue other passions that spark their curiosity. Immerse yourself in the non-musical coursework of your choosing and connect it to your musical pursuits. World-class musicians should also be world-class thinkers.

Create Your Own Musical Path

The B.M.A. provides maximum flexibility for today’s musician. Move beyond traditional boundaries in jazz and contemporary improvisation while building 21st-century musicianship skills. You can join award-winning ensembles playing a wide variety of musical styles and cultures in a collaborative performance environment. Explore ensembles.

Students perform Gamelan


Collaborate and Create

Work with singer-songwriters, innovative jazz musicians and award-winning faculty. Perform in reimagined venues. Create your own album at the Refuge Foundation for the Arts, or perform in a pop-up art gallery put on by your artist colleagues.  Where can you push the boundaries of your musical life? Get to know the conservatory faculty.


Jose Encarnacion instructing students.


Two Prestigious Opportunities

The new B.M.A. degree offers the unique opportunity to study at both a world-class conservatory of music and a nationally-ranked liberal arts college. Also interested in science, the humanities, or foreign languages? The B.M.A. allows you to take half of your total courses in the college of liberal arts and sciences. Take a look at all academic areas of study.

Students in conservatory class.