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  Feb 18, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Jazz Studies (instrumental, arranging or vocal emphasis), BM

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The jazz studies degree’s primary purpose is (1) to prepare students for successful careers as jazz performers, composers/arrangers and educators; (2) to cultivate students’ knowledge of and appreciation for the jazz tradition and the broader musical traditions from which it has grown; (3) to encourage students’ creative efforts, and to share the results of students’ efforts on the university, local, regional, national and international levels by means of performances and recordings; (4) to integrate undergraduate instruction in jazz studies with the rest of the undergraduate curriculum in the College of Music and the university.

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Degree requirements

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 129 hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Music  requirements.

Major requirements

A minimum grade of B is required for all courses applying toward “major requirements” in the Bachelor of Music with a major in jazz studies. The major requires the following 43 hours, plus music laboratory and special requirements according to the student’s emphasis (see below).  

Music laboratory, each long term/semester, minimum of 8 hours from

(a maximum of 2 hours of non-jazz lab band or choir may be substituted)

Other required courses


None required.


Arranging emphasis: 4 hours (3 hours of electives or core courses must be advanced).

Instrumental emphasis: 8 hours (6 hours of electives or core courses must be advanced.)

Vocal emphasis: 4 hours.

Other requirements

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