Degree Requirements

Master of Music: Jazz Studies

The Jazz Studies faculty at the Bienen School of Music firmly believes that jazz performers must have highest-level technical skills and an in-depth knowledge of the language of jazz and its historical roots. These elements, combined with self-understanding, are invaluable in developing artists who are articulate in the idiom and who can contribute to the evolution of this important American art form.

Sample Course Plan

Always check with the Program Coordinator for program requirements.

Year 1

Fall

Winter

Spring

Applied Lessons (462)

Applied Lessons (462)

Applied Lessons (462)

Music Studies Elective* or Intro to Music Research

Music Studies Elective* or Intro to Music Research

Jazz Composition & Arranging (430)

Jazz Orchestra (377)

Jazz Orchestra (377)

Jazz Orchestra (377)

Small Jazz Ensemble (391)

Small Jazz Ensemble (391)

Small Jazz Ensemble (391)

 

Music Elective**

Music Elective**

Year 2

Fall

Winter

Spring

Applied Lessons (462)

Applied Lessons (462)

Applied Lessons (462)

Jazz Orchestra (377)

Jazz Orchestra (377)

Jazz Orchestra (377)

Small Jazz Ensemble (391)

Small Jazz Ensemble (391) - optional

Small Jazz Ensemble (391) - optional

Music Technology Course*

Music Studies Elective*

Recital (480)

Music Elective**

Music Elective**

 

*one unit from a combination of Music Tech, Music Studies and Music Electives must be at the 400 level
** 2 units of music electives are required. Some courses may be worth 0.5 credits, while some are worth 1 full credit.

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Questions?

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