Which Swing U class is best for you?

News | Apr, 4th 2018

Test your knowledge of America's music with our 10-question quiz and discover which Swing University course is best for you.

Once you receive your score, check out what your results mean below.

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If you scored:

0–5: We recommend you take Jazz 101: A Beginner's Guide to Jazz with Seton Hawkins! We'll help you develop your ears to hear the many details that make this music so endlessly fascinating and guide you through the history and styles. Classes begin April 12th.

6–10: Congratulations! You’re ready to take the most advanced jazz survey course in the world, Jazz 301: An Expert’s Guide to Jazz with Ben Young! Discover the detailed and nuanced insights into all aspects of the music’s history. Students may choose to take an optional final exam; those who pass are presented with a certificate signed by our Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, acknowledging the recipient’s exceptional scholarship. Jazz 301 classes begin May 1.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jazz 101: A Beginner's Guide to Jazz with Seton Hawkins
Apr 12–Jun 14; 8 Thursdays

Jazz 301: An Expert’s Guide to Jazz with Ben Young
 May 1–Jun 19; 8 Tuesdays

Enroll Today!

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Learn more about the Wynton Marsalis Septet's exclusive, limited-edition 10" picture disc that will be available this April 21st as part of Record Store Day 2018!


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