Music, Jazz Studies (BA)

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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
Music in World Cultures

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 (four 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
MUS 496BA Capstone Project (CUE)0
Minimum Total Hours13-14
Supporting Courses
Music Electives 91-4
General or Music Electives 9, 103
General Electives 1031
Minimum Total Hours36-37

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/Cardinal Core courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies (including jazz performance, music education and music therapy with  tracks in jazz studies, and the BA 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 concentration and area faculties and are outlined in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
BA Capstone Project
1

Students are required to take MUH 214 and MUH 205.

2

MUH courses will not be accepted as music electives or cardinal core courses with the exception of ANTH 205/MUH 205 and PAS 214/MUH 214.

3

Students who do not pass the computer-based Fundamentals Test prior to the beginning of the fall semester are required to enroll in MUS 91 for 0 credit concurrently with MUS 141.  Students who do not pass MUS 141, and students who enter the School of Music in January and do not place into MUS 142, must enroll in MUS 92 for the spring semester. Credits for MUS 92 do not count toward the degree.

4

Students also have the option of completing an Analysis course: MUS 349 Jazz Analysis for BA Jazz Studies.

5

Jazz students take 6 1-hour courses of Jazz Major Ensemble plus 2 1-hour courses of non-Jazz Major Ensemble.

6

The Piano Proficiency Examination is required for applied piano majors.

7

If the applied area is piano, Piano Class is replaced with 2 hours of music electives. The Piano Proficiency Examination may be taken in lieu of two semesters of Piano Class.

8

Students may substitute 1 hour of elective providing they pass the Jazz Piano Proficiency.

9

Music electives in any Bachelor of Music degree should be chosen from courses in Music History, Music Theory/Composition, Music Education, Music Literature, Music Pedagogy, Music Therapy, Jazz, a secondary applied area, or a non-required ensemble. Courses beyond the degree requirement in the student’s major applied area or in the required major ensemble(s) are not appropriate.

For the Bachelor of Arts degree, in addition to the electives listed for the Bachelor of Music, applied music courses beyond the required four semesters are acceptable as music electives. MUH courses will not be accepted as music electives. School of Music students may count up to two one-hour Physical Education courses toward the general elective requirement.

10

Non-music electives which include 18 hours in one area of concentration. At least 9 hours in the area of concentration, and a total of 12 of the 31 hours, must be at the 300-level or above. The student may choose to pursue a second major or take a minor in a non-music area. School of Music students may count up to two one-hour Physical Education courses toward the general elective requirement.

Flight Plan, Even-Year Starts

The four-year plan of study listed below is applicable for students who begin their academic programs in the fall semester of even-numbered years (e.g., 2018, 2020, 2022, etc.).
 

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 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 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 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, Jazz Style & Analysis, in Spring) 3 or 0
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
 Hours18-15
Spring
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUS 351 Studies in Jazz (MUS 351-01, Jazz Style & Analysis, if MUS 355 not taken in the fall) 0-2
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
 Hours15-18
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
MUH 205 Music in World Cultures 3
MUH 214 African-American Music 3
General or Music elective 3
Non-music elective in any discipline 3
MUS 496 BA Capstone Project (CUE) 0
 Hours13
 Minimum Total Hours120

Degree Audit Report
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Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.

Flight Plan, Odd-Year Starts

The four-year plan of study listed below is applicable for students who begin their academic programs in the fall semester of odd-numbered years (e.g., 2019, 2021, 2023, etc.).

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
Non-Music Elective in chosen concentration 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities-AH 3
 Hours16
Spring
MUS 206 Jazz Applied 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 349
Jazz Analysis (students opting for MUS 242 take it in Spring, Year 3 )
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) 2-0
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 130 Jazz Piano Class 1
MUS 198 Jazz Piano Proficiency 0
MUS 340 Jazz Improvisation II 2
Non-Music Elective in any discipline (300 level or above) 3
Non-Music Elective in any discipline (300 level or above) 3
Non-Music Elective in any discipline 3
 Hours16
Spring
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
Music Elective (students who take MUS 351-01 take 2; students who take MUS 355 take 1) 1-2
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
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours15-16
Year 4
Fall
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
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, Jazz Style & Analysis, in Spring) 3 or 0
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
Non-Music Elective in chosen discipline 3
Non-Music Elective in Chosen Concentration 3
 Hours16-13
Spring
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 496 BA Capstone Project (CUE) 0
MUS 351 Studies in Jazz (MUS 351-01 Jazz Style & Analysis if not taken in Fall) 0-2
MUH 205 Music in World Cultures - SB, D2 3
MUH 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 3
General or Music elective 3
Non-music elective in any discipline 3
 Hours13-15
 Minimum Total Hours120