Undergraduate Division

Bachelor of Music Degrees  

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies 

Major Ensemble

X040 University Instrumental Ensembles (2 cr.) required every fall semester, spring semester, and second summer session in which a student is registered for any course, music or non–music.

Chamber Music Ensemble

F450 Chamber Music [Jazz Combo] (1-1-1-1 cr.).

Performance Study

Minimum of 3 credit hours each semester until senior recital is passed (students who have completed 24 credit hours and the senior recital may reduce credit to 2 credit hours). Entrance audition, freshman jury, upper-division examination, senior recital.

Secondary Piano and Keyboard Proficiency

The sequence of piano courses required for all jazz majors who are not piano majors is:

  • P111 Piano Class 1, Music Majors (2 cr.)
  • P121 Piano Class 2, Music Majors (2 cr.)
  • P201 Jazz Piano Class 1 (2 cr.)
  • P202 Jazz Piano Class 2 (2 cr.)

Entering students take an examination placing them into the appropriate course in the sequence. Continued study is required each semester until the keyboard proficiency examination, administered by the jazz department, is passed. The keyboard proficiency examination is also required of jazz piano majors.

Core Music Courses

27 credit hours

  • Placement examination or T109 Rudiments of Music I (3 cr.)
  • T132 Musical Skills I (1 cr.)
  • T151 Music Theory and Literature I (3 cr.)
  • T152 Music Theory and Literature II (3 cr.)
  • T231 Musical Skills II (1 cr.)
  • T232 Musical Skills III (1 cr.)
  • T251 Music Theory and Literature III (3 cr.)
  • T252 Music Theory and Literature IV (3 cr.)
  • T331 Musical Skills IV (1 cr.)
  • T351 Music Theory and Literature V (3 cr.)
  • M401 History and Literature of Music I (4 cr.)
  • M402 History and Literature of Music II (4 cr.)
  • or equivalent honors courses

A grade of C or higher is required in T109 Rudiments of Music I, T132 Musical Skills I, T231 Musical Skills II, T232 Musical Skills III, and T331 Musical Skills IV.

Jazz Major Courses

25-33 credit hours

  • E470 Pedagogy of Jazz (2 cr.)
  • M395 Contemporary Jazz and Soul Music (3 cr.)
  • O316 Jazz Arranging 1 (2 cr.)
  • O317 Jazz Arranging 2 (2 cr.)
  • O318 Styles and Analysis of Jazz 1 (2 cr.)
  • O319 Styles and Analysis of Jazz 2 (2 cr.)
  • O321 Jazz Improvisation 1 (3 cr.)
  • O324 Jazz Improvisation 4 (3 cr.)
  • O325 Rhythm Section Literature and Performance Practice (2-2-2-2 cr.) is required for jazz bass, drum, and piano majors
  • O322 Jazz Improvisation 2 (3 cr.) and O323 Jazz Improvisation 3 (3 cr.) are required for jazz majors excluding bass and drum majors.
General Education

24 credit hours

  • Written and Oral Expression English composition, 2 credit hours or competency.
  • Foreign Language 4-8 credit hours in a single language or proficiency, equivalent to two semesters of first-year language study.
  • Humanities 3 credit hours.
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Mathematics 3 credit hours.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours.
  • Electives 6-10 credit hours selected from “General Education Requirements.”
To Complete Degree

Free music or non–music electives as needed to bring the total credit hours to 120, excluding major ensemble and I400.

Academic Bulletins

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Previous Bulletins

Students are ordinarily subject to the curricular requirements outlined in the Bulletin in effect at the start of their current degree. See below for links to previous Bulletins.