Performance—Jazz Studies, B.M.

Completion of this major prepares one for a career as a jazz performer. Continued study may include a master’s degree Jazz performance or other areas of music.

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THIS DEGREE TRACK ARE:

  • Audition is required to be admitted into the program.
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 in music courses is required.
  • All applied instructions need to be taken with chamber music, large ensemble and music seminar.
Required Courses
MDT 167World Music 13
MDT 166:: EXPLORING WESTERN MUSIC 23
MDT 121Music Major Seminar (0.5 credit/semester for 8 semesters)0.5
MDT 122Applied Music I1.5
MDT 123Applied Music II1.5
MDT 222Applied Music III1.5
MDT 223Applied Music IV1.5
MDT 323Applied Music V3
MDT 325Applied Music VI3
MDT 423Applied Music VII3
MDT 425Applied Music VIII3
MDT 131Harmony I2
MDT 133Harmony II2
MDT 231Harmony III2
MDT 233Harmony IV 32
MDT 132Ear-Training I2
MDT 134Ear-Training II2
MDT 232Ear-Training III2
MDT 234Ear-Training IV2
MDT 135Keyboard Method I1
MDT 136Keyboard Method II1
MDT 235Keyboard Method III 31
MDT 144Jazz Keyboard Harmony1
MDT 106Jazz History (for Music majors/minors)3
MDT 353The Survey of the Music Business3
MDT 338Instrumental & Vocal Arranging2
MDT 268Computer Music I 33
MDT 269Computer Music II 33
MDT 243Jazz Improvisation I2
MDT 244Jazz Improvisation II2
MDT 327Jazz Improvisation III2
MDT 339Jazz-Commercial Arranging2
MDT 524Jazz Pedagogy3
MDT 526Jazz Arranging3
MDT 509Advanced Jazz Improvisation3
MDT 199Jazz Combos (0.5 credit/semester for 8 semesters)0.5
Ensemble: Select 0.5 credit/semester for 6 semesters)3
MDT 175Jazz Vocal Ensemble (0.5 credit/semester for 6 semesters)1
MDT 197Jazz Ensemble (0.5 credit/semester for 6 semesters)0.5
Ensemble (Select 1 credit/semester for 2 semesters2
MDT 1761
MDT 198Jazz Ensemble (1 credit for 2 semester)1
Total: 88 credits
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
4
MATH 114
Contemporary Mathematics
or Statistics I
3
MDT 121 Music Major Seminar 0.5
MDT 122 Applied Music I 1.5
MDT 131 Harmony I 2
MDT 132 Ear-Training I 2
MDT 135 Keyboard Method I 1
MDT 175
Jazz Vocal Ensemble
or Jazz Ensemble
0.5
MDT 199 Jazz Combos 0.5
INTD 101 Orientation to College * first time freshmen only 1
 Credits16
Semester 2
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
or
4
MDT 121 Music Major Seminar 0.5
MDT 167 World Music 1 3
MDT 123 Applied Music II 1.5
MDT 133 Harmony II 2
MDT 134 Ear-Training II 2
MDT 136 Keyboard Method II 1
MDT 175
Jazz Vocal Ensemble
or Jazz Ensemble
0.5
MDT 199 Jazz Combos 0.5
General Education Tier 1 Course 3
 Credits18
Sophomore
Semester 1
MDT 106 Jazz History 3
MDT 121 Music Major Seminar 0.5
MDT 175
Jazz Vocal Ensemble
or Jazz Ensemble
0.5
MDT 199 Jazz Combos 0.5
MDT 222 Applied Music III 1.5
MDT 231 Harmony III 2
MDT 232 Ear-Training III 2
MDT 235 Keyboard Method III 3 1
General Education Tier I Course (WGST 110 recommended) 3
 Credits14
Semester 2
MDT 121 Music Major Seminar 0.5
MDT 144 Jazz Keyboard Harmony 1
MDT 175
Jazz Vocal Ensemble
or Jazz Ensemble
0.5
MDT 199 Jazz Combos 0.5
MDT 223 Applied Music IV 1.5
MDT 233 Harmony IV 2
MDT 234 Ear-Training IV 2
MDT 353 The Survey of the Music Business 3
MDT 166:: EXPLORING WESTERN MUSIC 2 3
 Credits14
Junior
Semester 1
MDT 121 Music Major Seminar 0.5
MDT 175
Jazz Vocal Ensemble
or Jazz Ensemble
0.5
MDT 199 Jazz Combos 0.5
MDT 323 Applied Music V 3
MDT 338 Instrumental & Vocal Arranging 2
MDT 268 Computer Music I 3 3
MDT 243 Jazz Improvisation I 2
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
 Credits17.5
Semester 2
MDT 121 Music Major Seminar 0.5
MDT 199 Jazz Combos 0.5
MDT 175
Jazz Vocal Ensemble
or Jazz Ensemble
0.5
MDT 244 Jazz Improvisation II 2
MDT 269 Computer Music II 3 3
MDT 325 Applied Music VI 3
MDT 339 Jazz-Commercial Arranging 2
General Education Tier II (BIOL 225 recommended) 3
 Credits14.5
Senior
Semester 1
MDT 121 Music Major Seminar 0.5
MDT 199
Jazz Combos
or Jazz Ensemble
0.5
MDT 327 Jazz Improvisation III 2
MDT 423 Applied Music VII 3
MDT 524 Jazz Pedagogy 3
MDT 526 Jazz Arranging 3
General Education Tier II Course (ECE 212 recommended) 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
MDT 121 Music Major Seminar 0.5
MDT 199
Jazz Combos
or Jazz Ensemble
0.5
MDT 425 Applied Music VIII 3
MDT 509 Advanced Jazz Improvisation 3
General Education Tier III Capstone 3
General Education Tier 2 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits122

Students enrolled in majors with 50 degree credits or higher due to external accreditation requirements are exempt from up to 9 General Education requirements in Tier 2 section of the program in courses most closely aligned to the courses taken.

  • Applied Music must be taken with Jazz Combos, Large Ensemble and Seminar
  • This program’s total credit includes one tier I course called world music
  • Needs to maintain 3.0 GPA for music courses
  • Make sure to check that your general education courses fulfill the modes of inquiry outlined

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Music Performance -Jazz program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Comprehensive skills and knowledge of music theory, and music history.
  2. Comprehensive skills and knowledge of musical performance.
  3. Knowledge to compose and arrange original compositions as well as the skills to orchestrate for small and large ensemble.
  4. Develop an awareness of the current materials and methodologies used in articulating a jazz curriculum from kindergarten through the college level.
  5. Comprehensive skills and knowledge needed to understand how the music industry functions.