Music, Jazz Studies (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts with Emphasis in Jazz Studies (MUSIBA JAZ)

Unit: Music

Program Information

The Bachelor of Arts in Music with Emphasis in Jazz Studies degree is aimed at introducing students to elements of jazz within the context of a liberal arts program. The outcome of the degree is to prepare students to develop skills in performing and improvising music in a variety of jazz styles on primary and secondary instruments, and to have an understanding of a variety of performance techniques in jazz, and an appreciation of the jazz tradition through the study of and performance with jazz masters.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements38-40
Program/Major Requirements49-51
Minimum Total Hours120

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Students in this unit are admitted directly into their degree program.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 1,231
The following courses are required by this program and should be used to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:
African-American Music - AH, D1
Music in World Cultures - D2, SB

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

School of Music Requirements
MUS 141Theory I 34
MUS 142Theory II 34
MUS 241Theory III4
MUS 349Jazz Analysis 42-4
or MUS 242 Theory IV
MUS 361Music Literature I (1000-1750)3
MUS 362Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music)3
MUS 363Music Literature III (1860-present)3
MUS 109Major Ensembles (minimum of eight 1-hour courses ) 58
MUS 97Recital Attendance (six semesters of “S”)0
MUS 105Jazz Applied 6,72
MUS 106Jazz Applied 6,72
MUS 131Piano Class 71
MUS 132Piano Class 71
MUS 100Introduction to Music Study1
MUS 197Piano Proficiency0
Minimum Total Hours38-40

Program/Major Requirements

Plan Courses: Jazz Area
MUS 138Jazz Improvisation2
MUS 340Jazz Improvisation II2
MUS 351Studies in Jazz (MUS 351-01 Jazz Style & Analysis)2-3
or MUS 355 The Evolution of Jazz
MUS 351Studies in Jazz (MUS 351-02 Jazz Theory)2
MUS 205Jazz Applied2
MUS 206Jazz Applied2
MUS 130Jazz Piano Class 81
MUS 198Jazz Piano Proficiency0
Music Electives 1-4
General or Music Electives3
MUS 496BA Capstone Project (CUE)0
General Electives 931
Minimum Total Hours49-51

Upper Division Assessment

All students enrolled in a music degree program will be reviewed at the approximate midpoint of the selected program in order for students to achieve Upper Division status. Students must meet the standards of this review to register for 400-level courses in music. Both the elements and standards of the review are established by the faculty and include credit for MUS 242 or Analysis (MUS 347 for BA General; MUS 349 for BA Jazz Studies; MUS 350 for BA Music & New Media); MUS 361 ; 4 semesters of Applied Instrument at the course numbers required for the degree; Piano Proficiency Examination; MUS 97 , with grade of S for 4 semesters; Ensemble participation; cumulative 2.5 GPA (good standing); minimum of 48 credit hours completed; pass ENGL 101 or ENGL 105; and 3 additional General Education courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies, music composition, music education, music history, instrumental and vocal performance, pedagogy, music theory, and music therapy are required of students in order to achieve Upper Division status and to continue in the degree program. Specific degree requirements are determined by the division and area faculties and are outlined in the Music Student Handbook and the various Division handbooks.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
BA Capstone Project

Flight Plan

Students matriculating in even-numbered years:

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
MUS 100 Introduction to Music Study 1
MUS 105 Jazz Applied 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 141 Theory I 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
MUS 131 Piano Class (or Music Elective) 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
 Hours15
Spring
MUS 106 Jazz Applied 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 142 Theory II 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
MUS 132 Piano Class (or Music Elective) 1
MUS 197 Piano Proficiency 0
MUS 138 Jazz Improvisation 2
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
MUS 205 Jazz Applied 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 241 Theory III 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
MUS 340 Jazz Improvisation II 2
MUS 130 Jazz Piano Class 1
MUS 198 Jazz Piano Proficiency 0
Non-Music Elective in chosen concentration 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours16
Spring
MUS 206 Jazz Applied 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 349
Jazz Analysis
or Theory IV
2-4
MUS 361 Music Literature I (1000-1750) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
Music Elective (students taking MUS 349 should complete 2 elective credits) 0-2
Non-Music Elective in any other discipline 3
 Hours13
Year 3
Fall
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 362 Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
MUS 351 Studies in Jazz (MUS 351-02 Jazz Theory) 2
MUS 355 The Evolution of Jazz (students can alternatively fulfill requirement by taking MUS 351-01 in spring) 0 or 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Non-Music Elective in chosen concentration (300 level or above) 3
Non-Music Elective in chosen concentration (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15-18
Spring
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance (MUS 97-06) 0
MUS 351 Studies in Jazz (MUS 351-01 Jazz Style & Analysis if MUS 355 not taken in the fall) 0 or 2
Non-Music Electives in any other discipline 1
Non-Music Elective in chosen concentration (300 level or above) 3
Non-Music Elective in chosen concentration (300 level or above) 3
Music Elective (students who take MUS 351-01 take 2; students who take MUS 355 take 1) 1-2
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours18-15
Year 4
Fall
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
Non-Music Elective in any discipline (300 level or above) 3
Non Music Elective in any discipline 3
Non-Music Elective in chosen discipline (300 level or above) 3
 Hours14
Spring
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
ANTH 205 Music in World Cultures - D2, SB 3
PAS 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 3
General or Music elective 3
Non-music elective in any discipline 3
MUS 496 BA Capstone Project (CUE) 0
 Hours13
 Minimum Total Hours120

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