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Dr. Scott Routenberg: Associate Professor of Music Performance (Jazz Piano)

Ball State University School of Music 


Jazz Piano Studio 

Pianists in Dr. Routenberg's studio have had the honor of performing at some of the world's most prestigious jazz concert venues.  His students have won awards and scholarships including the DownBeat Student Music Awards, the Tom Shah Memorial Jazz Scholarship, and the Ball State University Presidential Scholarship, and many have entered the studio after having won the piano chair at the Indiana All-State Jazz Band (IJEA).  Recent clinics and master classes have included guest artists Wynton Marsalis, Howard Levy, Dan Tepfer, and Matthew Fries.  During weekly applied lessons, students perform on Dr. Routenberg's fully restored 1918 Steinway B piano.

Routenberg teaches applied Jazz Piano and Improvisation lessons to both undergraduate and graduate students, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Jazz Composition, Jazz Piano Lab, and directs a jazz combo.


Prospective jazz pianists are encouraged to contact Dr. Routenberg via university email or office phone.

(765) 285-5458. 

Jazz Studies Major


Ball State University School of Music now offers a BM in Jazz Studies.


As a student, you will have opportunities to play in the three jazz ensembles and seven combos. You will receive intensive training with award-winning jazz faculty who possess a wealth of experience in both performance and teaching. With an entrepreneurial focus, we’ll provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive musical world. As your senior project, you will complete a professional recording of your playing, writing, and arranging. This product is then available for purchase and can also be used to network, get work, or submit on your application to pursue graduate studies. A Bachelor’s Degree in jazz studies includes courses on jazz theory, arranging, composition, improvisation, history, and recording studio electives. In addition, students participate in workshops and master classes with world-renowned jazz artists. Previous guest artists include Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Coffin, Buddy DeFranco, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Clark, Byron Stripling, Bobby Watson, Howard Levy, and Fareed Haque, to name a few. The Jazz Lab Ensemble, our flagship ensemble, performs six concerts a year and tours internationally every 3-4 years.  Jazz 1 performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival July 2017.  Jazz 1 performed at Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center in New York City as part of the venue's 2022 concert series.


See the Recommended Four Year Plan for the Jazz Studies Major here.



Minor in Jazz/Commercial Music


The newly revised Minor in Jazz/Commercial Music requires 25 credit hours in applied study (private lessons), music history, music and jazz theory, improvisation, and jazz electives in a number of interest areas.



Ball State University School of Music is an All-Steinway School.


Audition materials and dates can be found here.


More information on undergraduate scholarships can be found here.

Master Classes, Clinics, Residencies and Jazz Piano/Composition Adjudication


Dr. Routenberg is available for Guest Artist Master Classes, Clinics, Artist Residencies and Jazz Piano/Composition Adjudication


Routenberg has presented master classes and clinics at universities and high schools throughout the USA on the subjects of jazz piano, jazz improvisation, composition and arranging.  Drawing on diverse experiences as a professional jazz pianist, recording artist, arranger for Grammy-winning artists and ensembles, and as an award-winning composer, Dr. Routenberg brings valuable real-world experience and knowledge to students.  Routenberg served on the jury for the 2018-2019 American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition Premiere Series, helping choose the next $100,000 Cole Porter Fellowship winner. He has also judged major national and international composition competitions such as the USA Songwriting Competition and the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers Symposium.



 "It's wonderful for my jazz composition students to hear from someone who’s really making it happen! 
I know they all got a lot out of it!  Your trio performance was terrific and the clinic following was extremely well-crafted for our students." 

-Chuck Owen, Grammy-nominated jazz composer, Guggenheim Fellow and

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of South Florida


"I've received glowing reviews from our patrons, students and administrators pertaining to your musicianship, teaching and availability.  It was an honor to host you." 
-Dr. Matt White, Guggenheim Fellow, trumpeter, composer and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina





Jazz Piano Competition Judging


​Jury Member, American Pianists Association Jazz Competition Premiere Series (2022-2023); helping choose Cole Porter Fellowship winner I The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN

Jury Member, American Pianists Association Jazz Competition Premiere Series (2018-2019); helped choose $100,000 Cole Porter Fellowship winner I The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN

Judge, Indiana All-State Jazz Bands

Composition/Arranging Judging

Judge, International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers 2019 Symposium Student/Young Artist Masterclass Workshops, Student SONIC Award winner, and Owen Prize (for best big band composition)  I Greeley, Colorado

Judge, USA Songwriting Competition (Jazz Category)

Master Classes, Presentations and Residencies

Berklee College of Music, University of Northern Colorado, University of Miami Frost School of Music, University of South Florida, Coastal Carolina University, Belmont University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Eastern Washington University, Ball State University, International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (Poster Session/New Music Presentation), College Music Society 2015 National Conference (new music performance)


Jazz Clinics and Workshops

Ball State University Dimensions in Jazz Festival and Jazz Rhythm Section Day, Bloomington High School North, North Side High School, Noblesville High School, Herron High School, North Central High School, Leo High School, Carroll High, Dekalb High

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