STUDIO MUSIC AND JAZZ - Dept. Code:  MSJ


INTRODUCTION

The mission of the Studio Music and Jazz Performance Program is to: (1) prepare jazz instrumentalists to enter the music profession or graduate school; (2) identify, recruit, and retain high quality students who seek to pursue studio/jazz performance as a career; (3) foster faculty creativity and performance which serves as a role model for students; (4) develop, and revise courses in jazz improvisation, jazz arranging/composition and provide on and off campus performance opportunities; (5) produce in our on campus facility, recordings for the Down Beat Student Music Awards, compact disks, radio and Internet broadcast; and (6) provide a platform of learning that includes performance, composition/arranging, technology, conducting, scholarship and production.


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

• Students will develop musical performance skills necessary to make them competitive in the jazz world.
• Students will develop performance skills in a variety of large and small ensembles that allow a student to participate in the professional jazz world.
• Students will develop the skills necessary to play in a chamber setting emphasizing spontaneous interaction and improvisation.
• Students will develop the skills necessary to play in large jazz ensembles emphasizing the development of ensemble skills necessary in a reading situation.
• Students will perform a senior recital of sixty-minute duration that demonstrates their capabilities in the jazz idiom.
• Students will develop the skills necessary to arrange and compose in a variety of styles appropriate to the jazz and contemporary music field.


DEGREE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Music in Studio Music & Jazz


MAJOR

Studio Music & Jazz Instrumental (MSJI)
Studio Music & Jazz Vocal (MSJV)

 

 


MINOR

MINOR IN STUDIO MUSIC AND JAZZ (INSTRUMENTAL) 

A 12 credit minor is available for students enrolled in the Frost School of Music whose principal performance medium is a jazz instrument.  Permission of studio teacher required. The following courses must be taken to fulfill the requirement of this minor:

Analysis and Evolution of Jazz Styles (MSJ 113) 3 credits
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation (MSJ 124) 3 credits
Jazz Improvisation Theory I (MSJ 371) 3 credits
Advanced Modern Arranging I (MSJ 519) 3 credits

INSTRUMENTAL EMPHASIS
The instrumental curriculum in Studio Music and Jazz is designed for interested and qualified students who desire to continue to develop to the highest degree their background and skills in the performance of studio music and jazz. Admission to this major pre-supposes musical training in jazz on the principal instrument.

 

 

 

 


BACHELOR OF MUSIC: STUDIO MUSIC & JAZZ
(Instrumental Emphasis)
Experiential Music Curriculum
Major Code:  MSJI
FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
Principal Instrument Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument (Level A) 2
MTC 140 Music Theory I* 2
MCY 140 Experiencing Music* 2
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I* 1
MSJ 107 Skills Ensemble I* 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MSJ 124 Introduction to Jazz Improvisation 3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
15 Spring Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
Principal Instrument Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument (Level B) 2
MTC 141 Music Theory II* 2
MCY 141 Musical Trends & Traditions* 2
MKP 141 Keyboard Studies II* 1
MSJ 108 Skills Ensemble II* 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students** 3
ENG 106 English Composition II   3
15
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
Principal Instrument Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument (Level C) 2
MSJ 240 Jazz Skills I* 3
MMI 240 Music Technology I* 1
MSJ 207 Skills Ensemble III* 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MSJ 113 Analysis & Evolution of Jazz Styles I 3
MSJ 371 Jazz Improvisation I 3
People & Society Elective   3
17 Spring Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
Principal Instrument Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument (Level D) 2
MSJ 213 Analysis & Evolution of Jazz Styles II 2
MSJ 241 Jazz Skills II* 3
MMI 241 Music Technology II* 1
MSJ 208 Skills Ensemble IV* 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MIP 317 Basic Conducting 1
People & Society Elective 3
Natural World Elective   3
17
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
Principal Instrument Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument (Level E) 2
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ 340 Jazz Skills III 3
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MSJ 342 Music Technology III 2
MSJ 519 Advanced Modern Arranging I 3
People & Society Elective   3
Natural World Elective ¬¬¬¬____3
                                                  18        
Spring Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
Principal Instrument Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument (Level F) 2
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ 341 Jazz Skills IV 3
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MSJ 520 Advanced Modern Arranging II 3
MSJ 565 Advanced Improvisation III 3
Non-Music Elective   3
16
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
Principal Instrument Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument (Level G) 2
MSJ Ensemble*** 1
MSJ 509 Jazz Composition I 2
MSJ 566 Advanced Improvisation III 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MMI 310 Music Business Essentials 3
Humanities Elective   3
16 Spring Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
Principal Instrument Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument (Level H) 2
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MSJ 499 Senior Recital# 1
MSJ 510 Jazz Composition II 2
MMI 530 Entrepreneurship for Musicians* 3
Non-Music Elective 3
Humanities Elective   3
16

* Must pass with grade of C or above.
** Required if Math placement is MTH 101 or lower.
*** Jazz guitar ensembles required of all jazz guitar majors.
# Must be enrolled in this course in the semester the recital will be performed.

 

 


VOCAL EMPHASIS
The vocal curriculum in Studio Music and Jazz is designed for interested and qualified vocalists who desire to continue to develop to the highest degree their backgrounds and skills in the performance of studio music (recording), jazz, and contemporary pop music. Admission to this major pre-supposes music training in jazz.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC: STUDIO MUSIC & JAZZ
(Vocal Emphasis)
Experiential Music Curriculum
Major Code:  MSJV
FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ 018 Jazz Vocal Forum 0
MSJ Voice (Level A) 2
MTC 140 Music Theory I* 2
MCY 140 Experiencing Music* 2
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I* 1
MSJ 107 Skills Ensemble I* 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students**   3
15 Spring Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ 018 Jazz Vocal Forum 0
MSJ Voice (Level B) 2
MTC 141 Music Theory II* 2
MCY 141 Musical Trends & Traditions* 2
MKP 141 Keyboard Studies II* 1
MSJ 108 Skills Ensemble II* 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MSJ 125 Introduction to Jazz Vocal Improvisation 3
ENG 106 English Composition II   3
15

SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ 018 Jazz Vocal Forum 0
MSJ Voice (Level C) 2
MSJ 240 Jazz Skills I* 3
MMI 240 Music Technology I* 1
MSJ 207 Skills Ensemble III* 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MSJ 113 Analysis & Evolution of Jazz Styles I 3
MSJ 371 Jazz Improvisation I 3
People & Society Elective   3
17 Spring Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ 018 Jazz Vocal Forum 0
MSJ Voice (Level D) 2
MSJ 241 Jazz Skills II* 3
MMI 241 Music Technology II* 1
MSJ 208 Skills Ensemble IV* 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MSJ 372 Jazz Vocal Improvisation I 3
MSJ 213 Analysis & Evolution of Jazz Styles II 3
MED 242 Percussion Techniques   1
15
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ 018 Jazz Vocal Forum 0
MSJ Voice (Level E) 2
MSJ 340 Jazz Skills III* 3
MSJ 342 Music Technology III* 2
MSJ 307 Skills Ensemble III* 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MSJ 519 Advanced Modern Arranging I 3
MVP 181 Choral Conducting 1
People & Society Elective   3
Natural World Elective __3
                                                  19
Spring Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ 018 Jazz Vocal Forum 0
MSJ Voice (Level F) 2
MSJ 341 Jazz Skills IV* 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ 516 Jazz Vocal Arranging 2
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
Non-Music Elective 3
People & Society Elective   3
15
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ 018 Jazz Vocal Forum 0
MSJ Voice (Level G) 2
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MMI 310 Music Business Essentials* 3
Humanities Elective 3
Natural World Elective   3
13 Spring Semester
MSJ 003 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ 018 Jazz Vocal Forum 0
MSJ Voice (Level H) 2
MSJ 018 Jazz Vocal Forum 0
MSJ 499 Senior Recital# 1
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
MMI 530 Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
Humanities Elective 3
Non-Music Elective   3
14

* Must pass with grade of C or above.
** Required if Math placement is MTH 101 or lower.
# Must be enrolled in this course in the semester the recital will be performed.


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