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Daniel F. Bakos

Daniel F. Bakos, Ph.D.

Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies, Music Theory

Phone: 678-839-6269 | Fax: 678-839-6259


Office: Humanities Building 334


Dr. Daniel Bakos received degrees in piano performance from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the Ohio State University. He taught at Black Hills State, The Ohio State University and is currently Professor of Music at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches music theory and is director of jazz studies. Dr. Bakos has over 100 compositions to his credit. His jazz sextet, the RazzaMaJazz Quintet, recorded and released a CD in 1995. The national Weather Channel “Local On The 8’s” segment featured several of his compositions on that recording including Don’t Forget Me!. At the University of West Georgia he started the Jazz Ensemble and The Annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival that is in the 23rd consecutive year. Some of the jazz musicians who have performed with the UWG Jazz Ensemble at the festival include Chris Vadala, Bobby Shew, Steve Weist, Lew Soloff, Rob McConnell, Vincent DiMartino, and others. Dr. Bakos has two sons and currently lives in Carrollton, Georgia.


  • PhD, Music Theory, Ohio State University,
  • M.M., Piano Performance, University of Cincinnati,
  • B.M., Piano Performance, University of Cincinnati,

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • MUSC-1301 (Music Theory I)    
    • MUSC-1302 (Music Theory II)    
    • MUSC-2301 (Music Theory III)    
    • MUSC-2730 (Jazz Ensemble)    
    • MUSC-2800O (Small Ensemble: Jazz Combo)    
    • MUSC-4311 (Appl Jazz Comp and Arranging)    
    • MUSC-4321 (Applied Jazz Improvisation)    
    • MUSC-4730 (Jazz Ensemble)    
    • MUSC-4800O (Small Ensemble: Jazz Combo)    
    • MUSC-4943 (Jazz Recital)    
    • MUSC-4945 (Full Composition Recital)    
    • MUSC-5730 (Jazz Ensemble)    
    • MUSC-5800O (Small Ensemble:Jazz Combo)    
    • MUSC-6220 (Music Theory)