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Jazz Studies Minor

The Minor in Jazz Studies is intended for students with a background in jazz or improvised music. All aspects of jazz are studied, from the early music to the most recent developments in creative improvised music. A variety of performance opportunities are available for students. The many small jazz ensembles perform jazz styles ranging from Bebop, Fusion, Salsa, and vocal jazz, to the avant-garde. The large ensembles perform original student compositions, and the music of contemporary composers, in addition to traditional big band literature.

A successful audition with the School of Music is required to entrance into the program.


Applied Music-4 hours from the following (audition or consent required for placement)
  • MUSC 328: Applied Lessons for Minors (Jazz and Drum Set)
Music Ensembles-8 hours from the following courses: (may be repeated for credit/audition or consent required for placement):
  • MUSC 353-Chamber Music-Jazz Big Band 1-1 hour
  • MUSC 353a-Chamber Music-Jazz Big Band 2-1 hour
  • MUSC 353b Chamber Music-Jazz Small Group-1 hour
  • MUSC 353c Chamber Music-Jazz Small Group 2-1 hour
  • MUSC 353e Chamber Music Jazz Ethnic-1 hour
Jazz Theory and/or History-4 hours from the following
  • MUSC 115-Introduction to History of Jazz-3 hours
  • MUSC 311-Introduction to Jazz Improvisation-2 hours
  • MUSC 313- Advanced Jazz improvisation-2 hours
  • MUSC 480-Arranging for Small Jazz Ensembles-2 hours
  • MUSC 481-Arranging for Large Jazz Ensembles-2 hours

Music Electives-2 hours

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