Jazz Certificate/Minor

Jazz Certificate/Minor

The School of Music offers MU undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue the following credentials in jazz, America’s original musical art form:

  • Jazz Studies Certificate (for BA and BM music and music education majors)
  • Jazz Studies Minor (for students majoring in any other field)

The Certificate and Minor are not intended for beginners; rather, they are for students with basic musical knowledge. Hence, some of the required courses have pre-requisites, and auditions are required both for ensembles and for admission to the programs.

Jazz Studies Certificate for Music majors (12 credits)

Course Requirements (student must pass with a ‘C-’ or higher):
Music 4645: Jazz Improvisation (2 credits)
Music 4210: Jazz Harmony and Arranging I (2 credits)
Music 4211: Jazz Harmony and Arranging II (2 credits)
Music 4317: Historical Studies in Jazz and Popular Music (3 credits)
Music 1620: Jazz Piano Class (1 credit)
Music 1841/1846: Jazz Ensembles (2 credits)

  • One semester of large jazz ensemble
  • One semester of small jazz combo

Jazz Studies Minor for Non-music majors (15 credits)

Course Requirements (student must pass with a ‘C-’ or higher):
Music 4645: Jazz Improvisation (2 credits)
Music 4210: Jazz Harmony and Arranging I (2 credits)
Music 4211: Jazz Harmony and Arranging II (2 credits)
Music 1311: Jazz, Pop, and Rock (3 credits)
Music 1620: Jazz Piano Class (1 credit)
Music 2445: Studio Instruction or additional hours in Jazz Ensembles (3 credits)
Music 1841/1846: Jazz Ensembles (2 credits)

  • One semester of large jazz ensemble
  • One semester of small jazz combo

Audition Requirements

 

Instrumentalists (other than drummers):
Prepare one jazz standard and one blues in the key of your choice, improvising on each piece.

Please provide your own accompaniment (Aebersold or other play-along CD).

Drummers:
Perform the following grooves at the prescribed tempos:

  • Swing at 120 bpm
  • Double-Time Swing at 240 bpm
  • Bossa Nova at 100 bpm
  • Samba (double-time bossa nova) at 100 bpm (half-note)
  • Funk/Hiphop at 100 bpm
  • Ballad (with brushes) at 80 bpm
  • Alternating four (4) measures swing with four (4) measures solo at 120 bpm

Vocalists:
Prepare one medium up-tempo jazz standard and one ballad, no more than one chorus of each.  Please provide your own piano accompaniment (Aebersold or other play-along CD).

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