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  • Jazz Studies

    The jazz studies minor provides access to commercial music skills that are vital to participating in today’s music industry. Courses provide critical musical training in the styles of swing, latin, rock, funk, pop, bebop, etc. They also target a theoretical understanding of jazz harmony, chord symbols, jazz scales and modes, jazz articulations, blues forms, piano voicings, the basics of tune writing, commercial arranging, and techniques for memorizing jazz standards.

    About this Minor

    • College: Arts
    • Credits: 19, completed with grades of B
    • Contact: Email


    • Students must pass the Jazz Theory Proficiency Exam with a minimum grade of B. Students who receive a grade of B- or below will be permitted to study suggested materials and re-take the proficiency exam the following semester. Students will be allowed only one attempt per semester to take and pass the exam.
    • A passing grade of B is required for all courses in the minor. If the student does not achieve the minimum grade requirement in every course for the minor within two attempts, he or she will not be eligible to continue the minor.
    • Students may take Jazz Band at any time after completing a successful audition.
    • Students should contact the undergraduate advisor before enrolling in coursework.

    Required Courses

    Courses Credits
    MUN 1710 Jazz Ensemble
    2 semesters
    MUN 2800 World Music Ensemble 1
    MUN 3713 Jazz Ensemble
    2 semesters
    MUN 3714 Jazz Chamber Music 1
    Keyboard lab fee
    MUT 1214 Jazz Aural Skills 1 1
    MUT 1361 Jazz Fundamentals 1 2
    MUT 1362 Jazz Fundamentals 2 2
    MUT 2641 Jazz Improvisation 1
    Proficiency exam required
    MUT 4365 Jazz Arranging 1
    Keyboard lab fee
    MUT 4366 Jazz Arranging 2
    Keyboard lab fee
    MUT 4663 Advanced Jazz Musicianship
    Keyboard lab fee. May be repeated for credit. Requires Exit Exam with performance of eight standard tunes from memory to count toward the minor.
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