Curriculum - Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies Curriculum Master's

Masters of Music Degree in Performance with a Concentration in Jazz

Thirty-six points are required for the degree (this does not include remedial courses). With the exception of remedial requirements, all courses taken to satisfy M.M. requirements must be designated at the 2000 level. Remedial courses will be assigned to students whose advisory examination results fail to meet minimum competency requirements. Remedial courses are in addition to the standard degree requirements.

Specialization (three courses)

9 points

Private instruction appropriate to one’s area of concentration from the following options:
MPAWW-GE 2334 Private Wind/Percussion 3
MPASS-GE 2345 Private String 3
MPAPE-GE 2356 Private Piano 3
MPAVP-GE 2363 Private Voice 3
Students may take up to three semesters of additional private lessons (composition or performance) as electives.

TERMINAL EXPERIENCE

3 points

MPATC-GE 2026 Colloquy in Music (Recording Project) 3

CORE

6 points

Students are required to take one course in two of the three categories listed below for a total of 6 points. Please note that some courses may not be offered every semester.
Aesthetics
MPAJZ-GE 2070 The Roots of Jazz: An Original American Art Form 3
Theory and Literature
MPATC-GE 2200 Seminar in Theory 3
Research
MPAME-GE 2021 Music Reference and Research Materials 3
MPATC-GE 2042 Psychology of Music 3
MPAME-GE 2061 Psychology of Music Education 3
MPAJZ-GE 2089 Jazz Arranging: Process and Analysis 3

GUIDED ELECTIVES

18 points

Students may select guided electives, based on career objectives, from the following categories and courses.
Jazz Music Studies
MPAJZ-GE 2273 Jazz Arranging Techniques I 3
MPAJZ-GE 2274 Jazz Arranging Techniques II 3
MPAJZ-GE 2075 Jazz Improvisation Tech I 3
MPAJZ-GE 2076 Jazz Improvisation Tech II 3
MPAJZ-GE 2275 Building Ecosystem: Career Dev Tools for Independent Musician 3
Music History
MPATC-GE 2039 Contemporary Music 3
MPATC-GE 2440 Music Literature: The Baroque Period 3
MPATC-GE 2460 Music Literature: The Romantic Period 3
MPAJZ-GE 2078 The Roots of Jazz: An Original American Art Form 3
Music Theory
MPATC-GE 2020 Music for Advanced Orchestration 3
MPATC-GE 2200 Seminar in  Theory 3
MPATC-GE 2123 Analysis of Contemporary Practices 3
MPATC-GE 2127 Aesthetics of Compositional Processes in the Symphony 3
MPATC-GE 2151 Sonata in the 19th Century 3
Music Technology
MPATE-GE 2036 Advanced Musical Acoustics 3
MPATE-GE 2047 Advanced Computer Music: Synthesis and Composition 3
MPATE-GE 2603 Digitally Controlled Music Systems 3
MPATE-GE 2620 Audio for Video 3
MPATE-GE 2622 Sound Design for the Web 3
Film Scoring
MPATC-GE 2048 Scoring for Film and Multimedia 3
MPATC-GE 2550 Film Music: Historical Aesthetic Perspectives 3
MPATE-GE 2620 Audio for Video I 3
MPATE-GE 2621 Audio for Video II 3
Secondary Private Study (maximum of three semesters)
MPATC-GE 2321 Private Composition 2 - 3
MPAWW-GE 2334 Private Wind/Percussion 2 - 3
MPASS-GE 2345 Private String 2 - 3
MPAPE-GE 2356 Private Piano 2 - 3
MPAVP-GE 2363 Private Voice 2 - 3
Independent Study
MPAME-GE 2118 Independent Study 1 - 6
Music Business
  Intern in Music Industry 1 - 2
MPAMB-GE 2102 Law and Music Industry 3
Jazz Ensemble
MPAJZ-GE 2088 Part in Jazz Ensemble 0 - 1