Jazz Studies

Program Option

Concentration in Jazz Studies

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Program Overview

The Concentration in Jazz Studies is intended to help students interested in jazz to develop the skills necessary to be a marketable professional jazz and studio musician.  Students in the program will study jazz styles, history, improvisational techniques, arranging and composition, and have opportunities in a recording studio both performing and recording their own work.  Students also receive private lessons from professional jazz artists on their instrument. The regular requirements of the primary music degree are not affected; the jazz courses only apply to electives.

Any student completing a Music degree with the Jazz Studies concentration will be a highly diverse performer, having experience as a soloist, a member of a band or orchestra as well as with playing in large and small jazz ensembles. Graduates will possess the necessary skills to arrange and compose for jazz and studio ensembles, and will be prepared to work in almost every musical arena available today.


Jazz Studies Concentration

The Concentration in Jazz Studies is intended to train students to have marketable skills for working as professional jazz and studio musicians. The Concentration in Jazz Studies is not intended to be a substitute for any of the professional degrees offered by the Department of Music.

Students may receive the Concentration in Jazz Studies with any major degree program offered through the University.  This concentration is best suited with a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Arts in Music,; a very hardworking Bachelor of Music Education student could receive it, although extra time may be necessary.

Course Credits
MUS 110 - Jazz History 2
MUS 012 - Jazz Theory and Keyboard 2
MUS 055 - Jazz Improvisation I 2
MUS 056 - Jazz Improvisation II 2
MUS 133 - Jazz Arranging and Composition 2
MUS 144 - Studio Recording Techniques 2
MUS 145 - Jazz Ensemble (two semesters) 2
MUS 181 - Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Combo (two semesters) 2
*Applied Jazz (two semesters) [Prerequisites: Jazz Improvisation II or permission of instructor] 2
TOTAL 18

*Applied Jazz courses are selected from the following, each worth one credit hour:

MUSIC 183 - Jazz Piano
MUSIC 184 - Jazz Bass
MUSIC 196 - Jazz Guitar
MUSIC 197 - Jazz Drums
MUSIC 198 - Jazz Wind Instruments


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