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Jazz Studies B.Mus.

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School of Fine Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 92
  • Degree: Bachelor of Music
The B.Mus. in jazz studies is for students pursuing programs of intensive study to prepare for professional careers in jazz studies and/or for acceptance into a graduate degree program, to assist students to acquire high quality jazz performance artistry, and to provide students advanced historical, and theoretical knowledge of jazz music(s). Department honors requirements: Candidates, nominated by music department faculty, receive honors for distinguished achievement in musical performance, composition, or exceptional ability and accomplishment as a music educator.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Students must pass a performance audition to be accepted into any music degree program. At the time of the audition, students must also complete diagnostic examinations in theory/aural/keyboard skills and an interview with the department head or an appointed designee. Any student who receives provisional acceptance into a degree program must pass a review (usually at the end of the first semester) to receive full acceptance. That review includes recommendations of major instructors and successful completion of an applied jury. Transfer students must have a 2.50 GPA.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. Minimum of C- in all required courses.
Introductory Course (1 cr)
Music majors register for 1 cr
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Music Core (22 cr)
MU 300 - Advanced Standing Exam (0.0 cr)
MU 1111 - Tonal Harmony I (3.0 cr)
MU 1112 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing I (1.0 cr)
MU 1121 - Tonal Harmony II [LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
MU 1122 - Ear-Training II (1.0 cr)
MU 2111 - Tonal Harmony III (3.0 cr)
MU 2112 - Ear-Training III (1.0 cr)
MU 2121 - Tonal Harmony IV (3.0 cr)
MU 2122 - Ear-Training, Sight Singing and Improvisation (1.0 cr)
MU 3201 - Music History I (3.0 cr)
MU 3202 - Music History II (3.0 cr)
Major Core Requirements (23 cr)
MU 4997 (Register for 1 cr)
MU 1005 - Jazz Studies [LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, FINE ARTS, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
MU 1421 - Piano Class I (1.0 cr)
MU 1422 - Piano Class II (1.0 cr)
MU 2110 - Jazz Theory (2.0 cr)
MU 2802 - Jazz Improvisation I (2.0 cr)
MU 2803 - Jazz Improvisation II (2.0 cr)
MU 3805 - Jazz Writing I (2.0 cr)
MU 3806 - Jazz Writing II (2.0 cr)
MU 3807 - Jazz Literature (2.0 cr)
MU 4300 - Senior Recital (1.0 cr)
MU 4803 - Jazz Pedagogy (2.0 cr)
MU 4807 - Music Industry (2.0 cr)
MU 4997 - Internship in Music (1.0-2.0 cr)
Applied Instruction (16 cr)
Applied Instruction 13xx Level
2 credits of applied instruction each semester.
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MU 1xxx
Applied Instruction 43xx Level
2 credits of applied instruction each semester
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MU 4xxx
Applied Jazz Instruction (8 cr)
Piano majors must take a minimum of 4 credits from MU 1321 and guitar majors must take a minimum of 4 credits from MU 1391.
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MU 1321 - Piano-Major (2.0-3.0 cr)
· MU 1327 - Jazz Applied (2.0 cr)
· MU 1391 - Classical Guitar-Major (2.0-3.0 cr)
Ensemble Requirements (16 credits)
Take 2 credits each semester.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MU 1505 - Jazz Ensemble [LE CAT10, LECD CAT10, FINE ARTS] (1.0 cr)
· MU 4505 - Jazz Ensemble (1.0 cr)
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MU 1501 - Concert Band [LE CAT10, FINE ARTS] (1.0 cr)
· MU 1502 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble [LE CAT10, LEIP CAT10, FINE ARTS] (1.0 cr)
· MU 1503 - Symphony Orchestra [LE CAT10, LEIP CAT10, FINE ARTS] (1.0 cr)
· MU 1504 - Chamber Orchestra [LE CAT10, FINE ARTS] (1.0 cr)
· MU 1510 - Concert Chorale [LE CAT10, FINE ARTS] (1.0 cr)
· MU 1511 - University Singers [LE CAT10, LEIP CAT10, FINE ARTS] (1.0 cr)
· MU 1515 - Percussion Ensemble (1.0 cr)
· MU 4501 - Concert Band (1.0 cr)
· MU 4502 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble (1.0 cr)
· MU 4503 - Symphony Orchestra (1.0 cr)
· MU 4504 - Chamber Orchestra (1.0 cr)
· MU 4510 - Concert Chorale (1.0 cr)
· MU 4511 - University Singers (1.0 cr)
· MU 4515 - Percussion Ensemble (1.0 cr)
Must include jazz combo or jazz guitar ensemble
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MU 1541 - Chamber Music (1.0 cr)
· MU 4541 - Chamber Music (1.0 cr)
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters (3.0 cr)
SFA Additional Requirement (3 cr)
Three credits of any 1000-level or 2000-level SFA course(s) from outside the studentís chosen major (Art, Art History, Dance, Fine Arts, or Theatre), provided that the student meets pre-requisites for the course(s). A 2-credit DN course may be substituted (Art or Music students only).
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
MU 300 - Advanced Standing Exam
Credits: 0.0 [max 0.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Applied performance requirement to qualify for advanced applied study. prereq: three semesters of 1xxx level applied study, department consent
MU 1111 - Tonal Harmony I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Rudimentary study of triadic harmony from the 17th and 18th centuries. Exploration of methods of composition and analysis, harmonic functions and non-harmonic tones. prereq: Music major or music minor; credit will not be granted if already received for Mu 1010 or Th 1114
MU 1112 - Ear-Training and Sight-Singing I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to ear-training and sight-singing of tonal music. prereq: Music major or music minor; credit will not be granted if already received for Mu 1112 or Th 1114
MU 1121 - Tonal Harmony II (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued study of Common Practice harmony with an introduction to species counterpoint and four-part writing. A focus on progressions and the development of phrase structures. prereq: 1111
MU 1122 - Ear-Training II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued study of ear-training and sight-singing of tonal music. prereq: 1112
MU 2111 - Tonal Harmony III
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continued study of tonal theory with an emphasis on late 18th and early 19th century methods of composition and analysis. prereq: 1102 or 1121
MU 2112 - Ear-Training III
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continued study of ear-training and sight-singing of tonal music. prereq: 1122
MU 2121 - Tonal Harmony IV
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued study of tonal theory with an emphasis on 19th century methods of composition and an introduction to 20th century and contemporary modes of musical organization. prereq: 2111
MU 2122 - Ear-Training, Sight Singing and Improvisation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continued study of ear-training and sight-singing of tonal music; introduction to post-tonal music and basic principles and techniques of improvisation. prereq: 2112
MU 3201 - Music History I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras of Western music, with an emphasis on the cultural, literary, religious and socio-political contexts in which master composers developed. prereq: Mu 1121/1122 or instructor consent
MU 3202 - Music History II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of Romantic, Modern and Contemporary eras of music, emphasizing the increasingly non-Western influences and cross-cultural connections on the development of European artistic values into a global aesthetic. prereq: 3201 or instructor consent
MU 1005 - Jazz Studies (LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, FINE ARTS, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Evolution of jazz: social problems in America that fostered its origin and continue to shape its development.
MU 1421 - Piano Class I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course in keyboard musicianship is the first of a two semester sequence of class piano. The course focuses on the development and improvement of keyboard skills in the areas of technique, performance, improvisation, harmonization, transposition, sight-reading, and elementary ensemble skills. The course is intended to develop basic keyboard competency while reinforcing students' musicianship skills. prereq: Music major, music minor, musical theatre major or instructor consent
MU 1422 - Piano Class II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course in keyboarding musicianship is the second of a two-semester seauence of class piano. It is a contiuation of MU 1421, focusing on developing increased ability with regard to technical ability, artistry, musicianship, and fundamental skills. Successful course completion is achieved with basic keyboard competency of early intermediate to intermediate levels. prereq: MU 1421, equivalent CE or instructor consent
MU 2110 - Jazz Theory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to jazz harmony, chord/scale relationships, and jazz piano skills. prereq: 1111, 1421 or instructor consent
MU 2802 - Jazz Improvisation I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Beginning techniques and concepts. prereq: 2110
MU 2803 - Jazz Improvisation II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study and development of improvisational facility as used in the jazz idiom. prereq: 2101, 2802 or instructor consent
MU 3805 - Jazz Writing I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Transpositions, voicings, and arranging concepts for large and small jazz ensembles; development of composition in jazz idiom. prereq: Mu [2121, 2122] or instructor consent
MU 3806 - Jazz Writing II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Continuation of arranging concepts for large and small jazz ensembles; further development of composition in jazz idiom. prereq: Mu 3805 or instructor consent
MU 3807 - Jazz Literature
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Learn and memorize standard jazz repertoire. prereq: Music majors or instructor consent.
MU 4300 - Senior Recital
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Preparation and public presentation of a solo performance of at least 50 minutes of music appropriate to the student's principal instrument or principal compositional media. This is the capstone requirement for students in music performance or theory-composition.
MU 4803 - Jazz Pedagogy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Techniques and materials necessary to organize and develop a jazz band in junior and senior high school. prereq: Mu [2121, 2122]
MU 4807 - Music Industry
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Study of developing commercial applications and trends in the music industry, including basic concepts of business and marketing. prereq: instructor consent
MU 4997 - Internship in Music
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Participation in music tutoring or recognized campus/community activity related to student's musical program and career objectives. prereq: department consent
MU 1321 - Piano-Major
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 18.0]
Prerequisites: Music major; performance majors register for 3 cr., all others register for 2 cr.
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual lesson weekly plus arranged group lessons. prereq: Music major; performance majors register for 3 cr., all others register for 2 cr.
MU 1327 - Jazz Applied
Credits: 2.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual instruction in jazz music, focusing on jazz literature, jazz improvisation and jazz styles. For jazz studies majors only. prereq: 2803, instructor consent
MU 1391 - Classical Guitar-Major
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: Music major; performance majors register for 3 cr., all others register for 2 cr.
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual lesson weekly plus arranged group lessons. prereq: Music major; performance majors register for 3 cr., all others register for 2 cr.
MU 1505 - Jazz Ensemble (LE CAT10, LECD CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of large jazz ensemble literature. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 4505 - Jazz Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of large jazz ensemble literature. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 1501 - Concert Band (LE CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of transcribed and original concert literature. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 1502 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble (LE CAT10, LEIP CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of symphonic wind ensemble and contemporary band literature by a select group. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 1503 - Symphony Orchestra (LE CAT10, LEIP CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Rehearsal and performance of representative musical literature for symphony orchestra. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 1504 - Chamber Orchestra (LE CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Rehearsal and performance of chamber orchestra literature. prereq: instructor consent
MU 1510 - Concert Chorale (LE CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Rehearsal and performance of representative choral literature from a variety of periods and cultures. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 1511 - University Singers (LE CAT10, LEIP CAT10, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
A select group for study and performance of distinctive choral literature from diverse historical periods, cultures, and languages. Regional tour usually taken during spring semester. Extended domestic or international tours when possible. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 1515 - Percussion Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 10.0]
Prerequisites: Instructor consent; maximum of 10 credits between MU 1515 and 4515
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of diverse repertoire for the percussion ensemble: historically significant works, contemporary works, world music, popular music, and new works. For both music majors and non-majors. prereq: Instructor consent; maximum of 10 credits between MU 1515 and 4515
MU 4501 - Concert Band
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of transcribed and original concert literature. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 4502 - Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of symphonic wind ensemble and contemporary band literature by a select group. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 4503 - Symphony Orchestra
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Rehearsal and performance of representative literature for symphony orchestra. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 4504 - Chamber Orchestra
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of chamber orchestra literature. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 4510 - Concert Chorale
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of representative choral literature from various style periods and cultures. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 4511 - University Singers
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
A select group for study and performance of distinctive choral literature from diverse historical periods, cultures, and languages. Regional tour usually taken during spring semester. Extended domestic or international tours when possible. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 4515 - Percussion Ensemble
Credits: 1.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of diverse repertoire for the percussion ensemble: historically significant works, contemporary works; world music; popular music; and new works. For both music and non-majors. prereq: Instructor consent; maximum of 10 credits between MU 1515 and 4515
MU 1541 - Chamber Music
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of chamber music literature, classical and/or jazz. prereq: Instructor determines placement
MU 4541 - Chamber Music
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and performance of chamber music literature, classical and/or jazz. prereq: instructor consent
WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and practice of writing tasks appropriate for the arts and letters. Seeks to advance research and critical thinking skills as well as skills in applying conventions of grammar, style, argumentation, and documentation. In addition, the course addresses professional writing for the arts, including reviews, proposals, grant writing, and career documents. prereq: WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed and minimum 60 credits