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    Jul 17, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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).  

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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