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The Jazz and Society Learning Community provides an opportunity to center jazz as a theme of your lives for an academic year. The community will be lead by the notion that, “jazz artists ‘speak to each other in the language of music,’" and you will explore the nature of this artistic conversation with many of it’s cultural influences, geographical variations, and temporal iterations. You will interrogate varying facets of the social impact such a conversation facilitates, and explore the extent to which jazz embodies an American ideal of democracy. You will explore the musical language of jazz with it's power to make collective “performance” stronger. If you’re interested in jazz but don’t play an instrument or sing, or if you have a little or a lot of experience playing and singing, join your peers and dedicated faculty in this unique opportunity to focus on jazz as a way of life and a  musical practice.  

Please note, this learning community is for current members of the Honors College.  Incoming students are not eligible for this learning community. 

Grants are available to help defray the cost of on-campus housing expenses for honors students with unmet financial need. Please direct questions about the grants in support of “Altered Harmony: Jazz and Society” to Catharine Patrone (, Senior Director of Academic and Student Affairs.


  • Second, third, and fourth year students in the Honors College
  • Please note this learning community is not open to incoming students

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community must reside in Third Street Suites
  • Information on this residence hall can be found here
  • Students who are required to reside in a different residence hall (e.g. due to the Honors College or athletics participation) or who do not sign a housing contract may not participate in this learning community
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall and Spring semesters

Associated Classes


MUS 37800 - Jazz History


HONR 29900 - Jazz

OPTIONAL - Spring Break Study Away Course, HONR 29900 - Jazz in NOLA

Events and Activities Included:

  • Attending a professional jazz performance in either Indianapolis or Chicago
  • Attending Purdue Jazz Bands concerts
  • Participating in Honors College Jazz Society events (jam sessions, workshops, guest artists, etc.)

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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