Camila Bonilla '26 taking a solo

The Many Faces of Jazz at Amherst

A glimpse by Vica Henry '25 at composer Erica Seguine's recent residency with Jazz@Amherst

Having composers come in and lead rehearsals is incredibly valuable for musicians: “They’re going to say concepts and directions in ways that are different from how I’d say things,” stated Bruce Diehl, director of the school’s Jazz Performance program. “If maybe the way I’m talking about concepts isn’t connecting with the students, hopefully something the guest says connects those dots for them.”

Music theory placement exam

If you are interested in taking a course in music theory or music fundamentals at Amherst College, please take the following exam to help us determine the appropriate course for you.