Jun 22, 2018  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog

Jazz Studies, B.M.


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Bachelor of Music Degree


The Bachelor of Music degree offers six specialized majors: performance, composition, music industry, music education, jazz studies and music theatre. All music majors must complete the General Education program and a 30 credit hour core program of music courses common to all the majors' curricula. The remaining hours are specified under each of the various majors and concentrations.

All undergraduate music majors must perform on the primary instrument in one assigned ensemble each semester when one or more of the following indicators applies:

  • They are enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours on campus.
  • They are enrolled for applied lessons on the primary instrument.
  • They have not completed all of the requirements in the music major.
  • They are not enrolled in an off-campus internship or in student teaching.

While students are required to participate in only one ensemble each semester, they are encouraged to take advantage of the many performance opportunities offered by the School of Music by participating in more than one ensemble. For information regarding the ensemble audition process, see the Undergraduate Music Student Handbook.

If piano is the primary instrument, see the specific requirements in the Undergraduate Music Student Handbook.

All music students should enroll in class piano each semester until they meet the keyboard skills requirements appropriate to their specific degree or concentration. Graduating seniors must participate in assessment activities including assessment day, as represented by MUS 220 .

Another vital aspect of the programs is attendance at recitals and concerts. Attending these events contributes to the breadth of students' knowledge of music literature. Hearing performances also allows students to observe performing techniques from the student to the professional levels. Consequently, undergraduate music majors must attend a minimum of 10 recitals per semester for six semesters, totaling 60 attendances during their degree studies. Students must continue to register for MUS 195  until they fulfill this requirement.

Degree Requirements


Required Courses


  • General Education  courses 35-41 Credit Hours 1
  • Core music program courses 30 Credit Hours
  • Major concentration courses and electives 54-62 Credit Hours
Total: 123-133 Credit Hours

Footnote

1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements


Choose one of the following: 1 Credit Hour

Total: 30 Credit Hours

Footnote

1 MUS 206  will count for the Music Core and also for the General Education , Cluster Two , Part 2 if desired. There will be a specific music major section of MUS 206  offered once each academic year.

Recommended Schedule for First Year Majors


The first year of study shares a common curriculum for all concentrations. The year is devoted to courses from the basic music core requirements, General Education  courses, ensemble participation and applied study in the major applied area.

First Year


First Semester

Choose one of the following (According to placement decision): 1 Credit Hour

Total: 15-16 Credit Hours

Second Semester

Total: 14-15 Credit Hours

Additional Information


For a recommended eight-semester outline of curricular requirements for each major concentration, see the School of Music's Undergraduate Music Student Handbook.

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies


Coordinator: Dr. Charles Dotas
Phone: (540) 568-6180

Degree Requirements


Required Courses


  • General Education  courses 38-41 Credit Hours 1
  • Core music program courses 30 Credit Hours
  • Major concentration courses and electives 60 Credit Hours

Total: 128-131 Credit Hours


Footnote


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements


Courses


Additional requirements: Admission to the Jazz Studies program by successful completion of Level 4 in applied music study (primary instrument) and jazz performance audition, no sooner than end of second year as approved music major.

Total: 60 Credit Hours


Footnotes


2 Applied Jazz Study (3 credit hours) taken after acceptance into the Jazz Studies program. Applied Jazz Study (2 credit hours) recommended for students interested in preparing for the Jazz Studies audition. Student must be enrolled in Applied Jazz Study during the semesters in which the Half Recital and Graduation Recital are presented.
3 Presented at the end of the junior year, jazz repertoire.
4 MUS 440  is a corequisite with Applied Jazz Study and can be repeated each semester.
5 Students accepted into the Jazz Studies program must enroll in MUAP 355  each semester until graduation.
6 To be taken during the first and second years. Students accepted into Jazz Studies program may continue applied music study (in addition to applied jazz study) with consent of primary applied instructor.
7 Prior to acceptance into Jazz Studies program, ensemble placement determined by primary instrument applied faculty and Ensemble Committee. Students accepted into the Jazz Studies program must enroll in MUAP 347. Jazz Ensemble  (or MUAP 348. Jazz Band  with jazz studies coordinator permission) each semester until graduation. Students in the Jazz Studies program are encouraged to continue participation in additional School of Music ensembles.
8 Approved electives include: MUS 446. Jazz Composition , MUS 480. Advanced Seminar in Musicological Topics  and MUS 485. Advanced Jazz Topics Seminar .

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