Jazz Arts

Plan of Study: Jazz Arts

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The programs of study for Jazz majors are designed to develop skilled performers, composers, and arrangers in preparation for careers in jazz music.

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

Sample Schedule for Bachelor of Music / Jazz Performance

Total Curriculum Credits: 130

  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Jazz Harmony/Counterpoint (JC0001-0004)
    4 cr
  • Jazz Ear Training (JC0111-0114)
    4 cr
  • Jazz Required Piano* (JC0171-0172)
    2 cr
  • Jazz Music History (MH0101-0104)
    4 cr
  • Humanties Core (HU0001-0002)
    6 cr
  • Jazz Improvisation (JP2500)
    4 cr
  • Jazz Performance Ensembles** (JP15000)
    4 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1:
34 cr
  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Jazz Harmony/Counterpoint (JC0001-0004)
    4 cr
  • Jazz Ear Training (JC0111-0114)
    4 cr
  • Jazz Required Piano* (JC0181-0182)
    2 cr
  • Jazz Music History (MH0101-01040)
    4 cr
  • Humanties Core (HU0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Jazz Improvisation (JP2500)
    4 cr
  • Jazz Performance Ensembles** (JP15000)
    4 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2:
34 cr
  • Major Instrument
    8 cr
  • Jazz Music History (MH0101-0106)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0300-2999)
    6 cr
  • Arranging & Composition (JC0511-0512)
    4 cr
  • Rhythmic Analysis (JC0301-03020)
    4 cr
  • Jazz Performance Ensembles** (JP1500)
    4 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 3:
30 cr
  • Major Instrument
    8 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0300-2999)
    6 cr
  • Studio Techniques (JC1811)
    2 cr
  • General Electives
    10 cr
  • Practical Foundations (ME1500)
    2 cr
  • Jazz Performance Ensembles** (JP1500)
    4 cr
  • 5 Setting the Stage Workshops (ME1000)
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital (2 adjudications)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 4:
32 cr

*Jazz piano majors enroll for JC2161-2162, Jazz Piano Perspectives, in their first year.

**The ensemble requirement consists of participation in large and small ensembles every semester as assigned by the Jazz Department. In large ensembles, Saxophone majors may be assigned to play a saxophone other than their principal instrument.

Students working towards this degree are required to attend five Setting the Stage professional development workshops before graduation.

Sample Schedule for Master of Music / Jazz Performance

Total Curriculum Credits: 60

  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Jazz Styles and Analysis (JC2321)
    2 cr
  • Jazz Pedagogy (JC2410)
    2 cr
  • Advanced Jazz Improvisation (JP2500)
    2 cr
  • Masters of Jazz Seminar (JC2501)
    2 cr
  • Jazz Performance Ensembles** (JP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Fall:
15 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Jazz Styles and Analysis (JC2322)
    2 cr
  • Jazz Musician as Educator (JC2360)
    2 cr
  • Advanced Jazz Improvisation (JP2500)
    2 cr
  • Masters of Jazz Seminar (JC2502)
    2 cr
  • Jazz Performance Ensembles** (JP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Spring:
15 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Graduate Jazz Arranging and Composition (JC2111)
    2 cr
  • Advanced Jazz Improv (JP2500)
    2 cr
  • Jazz Performance Ensembles** (JP1500)
    2 cr
  • General Electives
    4 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Fall:
15 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Graduate Jazz Arranging and Composition (JC2112)
    2 cr
  • Advanced Jazz Improvisation (JP2500)
    2 cr
  • Jazz Performance Ensembles** (JP1500)
    2 cr
  • General Electives
    4 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Spring:
15 cr

**The ensemble requirement consists of participation in large and small ensembles every semester as assigned by the Jazz Department. In large ensembles, Saxophone majors may be assigned to play a saxophone other than their principal instrument.

Sample Schedule for Master of Music / Jazz Composition

Total Curriculum Credits: 58

  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Jazz Comp Directions & Analysis (JC2321)
    2 cr
  • Masters of Jazz Seminar (JC2501)
    2 cr
  • General Electives
    4 cr
  • Jazz Composition Forum (JC1999)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Fall:
14 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Jazz Comp Directions & Analysis (JC2322)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Jazz Conducting (JC2400)
    2 cr
  • Masters of Jazz Seminar (JC2502)
    2 cr
  • General Electives
    2 cr
  • Jazz Composition Forum (JC1999)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Spring:
14 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Advanced Studio Comp (JC1911)
    3 cr
  • Jazz Composing and Arranging for Studio Orchestra (JC2241)
    2 cr
  • General Electives
    4 cr
  • Jazz Composition Forum (JC1999)
    1 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Fall:
15 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Advanced Studio Comp (JC1912)
    3 cr
  • Jazz Composing and Arranging for Studio Orchestra (JC2242)
    2 cr
  • General Electives
    4 cr
  • Jazz Composition Forum (JC1999)
    1 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Spring:
15 cr

*Students may substitute Advanced Studio Composition and Scoring JC1911-1912 for this requirement.

Please note: Composition students may be assigned to ensembles as required by the Jazz Department.