Wayne State University

Jazz Studies Curriculum

 
About the major: The concentration in jazz studies combines the study of jazz performance with jazz arranging and composition, providing a well-rounded understanding of the jazz idiom as a performer and composer/arranger.
 
Career opportunities: Students who pursue a major in music with a concentration in jazz studies may be preparing for careers as performing/touring artists, session musicians, arranger/orchestrator or a member of a professional ensemble. Additional study at the graduate level is usually required to teach on the collegiate level.
 
Requirements:
 
General Education Requirement
 
Music Cultures (to satisfy the Global Learning requirement)
3
Other GE requirements (i.e. Basic Composition, Oral Communication, etc.)
32
Piano Competency, Applied Music, and Ensembles
 
Piano Skills I
2
Piano Skills II
2
Advanced Piano Skills
2
MUP 13X1 - 33X2
Six terms of appropriate MUP courses (private instruction in principal instrument, one credit. per term - total six credits). See Principal and Secondary Private Instruction Courses for course numbers
6
MUP 43X3, MUP 43X4
Two terms of appropriate MUP courses (private instruction in major instrument, three credits per term - total six credits). See MUP course table (Major Private Instruction Courses) for course numbers.
6
Select eight terms of major ensemble (must be elected concurrently with MUP private instruction) of the following:
8
Jazz Big Band
1
Jazz Guitar Ensemble
1
Select two terms of Jazz Combos of the following:
2
Jazztet
1
Jazz Combos
1
General Lectures and Concerts
 
General Lectures and Concerts (four terms)
0
Music History, Theory, and Technology
 
Music History and Literature I
3
Music History and Literature II
3
Music History and Literature III
3
Theory I
3
Ear Training I
1
Theory II
3
Ear Training II
1
Theory III
3
Ear Training III
1
Theory IV
3
Ear Training IV
1
Analytical Techniques
3
Music Technology
3
Jazz Studies Requirements
 
Jazz History
3
Jazz Theory and Harmony
3
Jazz Improvisation I
1
Jazz Improvisation II
1
Intermediate Composition I
2
Jazz Arranging and Composition I
3
Jazz Arranging and Composition II
3
Jazz Arranging and Orchestration
3
Conducting Techniques I
2
Music Business II
3
Studio Recording Techniques
2
Stage Band Direction
1
Senior Recital (must be elected concurrently with MUP 43X4: Major Private Instruction)
0
Total Credits
125
 
 
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