Undergraduate Degree - Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies
Program Code:
7319 Jazz Studies
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Award Type:
Bachelor of Music
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Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

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College of Music

Undergraduate Programs

Jazz Studies

The Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies is a professional degree program. It includes the common core courses of all other Bachelor of Music degree programs and the shared objectives of musical literacy, development of aural skills, understanding of a broad repertoire, and attainment of analytical skills. Uniquely, this program seeks to develop a high level of competency in jazz performance, and in compositional, scoring, and arranging skills. It also strives to prepare individuals to understand the literature and historical and cultural context of jazz.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Jazz Studies major is met by completing Music 381. That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Music for the Bachelor of Music degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the core courses that are listed above under the heading General Requirements for All of the Bachelor’s Degree Programs in the College of Music (26 credits)  
    b. Music activity requirement (8 credits)  
      All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree program in jazz studies are required to participate in a major ensemble as designated by the College of Music during each fall and spring semester of enrollment in the program. A minimum of 8 credits in courses approved by the College of Music is required. Students who are enrolled in the jazz studies major for more than eight semesters are required to complete more than 8 credits to satisfy this requirement.  
    c. Complete the requirements for one of the following five performance areas (16 credits):  
      (1) Piano (16 credits)  
        (a) Private instruction in piano. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 150J and 8 credits of Music 350J.  
      (2) Stringed Instruments: Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass (16 credits)  
        (a) Private instruction in harp, violin, viola, cello or double bass. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 152J and 8 credits of Music 352J.    
      (3) Wind Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba (16 credits)  
        (a) Private instruction in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, or tuba. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 153J and 8 credits of Music 353J or 8 credits of Music 154J and 8 credits of Music 354J.  
      (4) Percussion Instruments (16 credits)  
        (a) Private instruction in percussion instruments. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 155J and 8 credits of Music 355J.  
      (5) Voice (16 credits)  
        (a) Private instruction in voice. This requirement must be met by completing 8 credits of Music 151J and 8 credits of Music 351J.  
    d. All of the following courses (26 credits):  
      MUS 131 Jazz Combo 2
      MUS 185 Jazz Styles and Analysis I 2
      MUS 186 Jazz Styles and Analysis II 2
      MUS 301 Advanced Jazz Musicianship I 3
      MUS 302 Advanced Jazz Musicianship II 3
      MUS 303 Advanced Jazz Musicianship III 3
      MUS 304 Advanced Jazz Musicianship IV 3
      MUS 400 Jazz Arranging and Composition I 2
      MUS 401 Jazz Arranging and Composition II 2
      MUS 410 Jazz History 2
      MUS 438 Jazz Pedagogy I 2
      MUS 439 Jazz Pedagogy II 2
    e. Complete 6 additional credits of jazz electives as approved by the student’s academic advisor.  

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