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For the student seeking a professional career in jazz and related fields of contemporary music. The curriculum includes weekly private lessons in both jazz and classical music, courses in jazz improvisation, theory, arranging, composition, jazz history, and jazz keyboard skills, plus integrally related courses like sound reinforcement and recording, digital recording and editing, electronic music, and the business of music. There are supportive courses in classical music theory, musicianship, music history, secondary piano, and conducting, as well as a wide choice of theory, history, ethnic and world music electives. General studies in English and academics round out the degree to provide a comprehensive education.
Students present a public recital in the senior year with works representing a variety of historical and contemporary jazz styles and at least one original composition and arrangement. This performance is in addition to the numerous collaborative combo and big band concerts given by all students during each year of study. For more information regarding graduation requirements, please consult the CCM Bulletin.
For the student wishing a degree leading to licensure to teach public school music, pre-kindergarten through 12. (This license is reciprocal with 44 other states.) The student takes many of the same courses as Jazz Studies Majors plus Music Education requirements.
Includes all the requirements of both the B.M. in Music Education and the B.M. in Jazz Studies. This course of study generally takes five years to complete.
For the student wishing to pursue a more liberal arts oriented program of studies while maintaining their concentration in music. Jazz courses and private lessons in jazz and classical music are available as part of the B.A. in Music degree.
For the advanced jazz student or the professional jazz artist wishing further study in performance, arranging, composition, and research. The M.M. in Jazz Studies also provides the academic credentials required for college teaching. The curriculum focuses on advanced concepts in improvisation, styles and analysis, jazz pedagogy, composing and arranging, and jazz history. There are weekly private lessons with a jazz artist/teacher as well as extensive combo, big band, and large jazz orchestra experience. Other studies are elective and emphasize areas of particular interest to jazz musicians, such as sound reinforcement, digital recording and editing, electronic music 20th Century music theory and history, and ethnic and world music.
Each entering student must take a diagnostic examination in Jazz History, Jazz Theory and Arranging, and Functional Jazz Piano. If test results show that additional study is needed in these areas, the student will take courses in these subjects without degree credit. If the student passes all diagnostic examinations, it is possible to complete the M.M. requirements in one academic school year plus one summer semester. However, most students choose to take two school years to complete the degree.
Each student presents a public recital with works representing a variety of historical and contemporary jazz styles and at least one original composition and arrangement. This performance is in addition to the numerous collaborative combo and big band concerts given by all students during each year of study.
Music History or Music Theory Electives (3 cr.), suggested electives include:
Ensembles and Combos (8 cr.)
Total Semester Credits: 58
1. Each entering student must take the following diagnostic examinations. The classical Theory, Music History, and Piano diagnostic examinations are not required for MM Jazz Studies majors.
2. Students are assigned by the faculty to at least two or three performing groups (big bands and/or combos) each semester depending on the musical abilities of the student, the musical needs of the performing groups, and the amount of rehearsal and performance commitment involved in each group. This ensemble requirement during residency is an additional requirement beyond the minimum of 6 credits which are required for graduation.
3. Each student must perform a diagnostic board upon entering the program. The student must then complete two additional board appearances before members of the jazz faculty with a grade of “Satisfactory.”
4. Each student must perform one complete public recital program with a passing grade awarded by members of the jazz faculty. The program repertoire must be approved by the faculty prior to the recital.
5. Each student must successfully complete a one-hour oral examination before three members of the jazz faculty. Primary emphasis will be given to jazz history, jazz theory, jazz pedagogy, and the history and literature of the student’s instrument.
6. Students specializing in Lead Trumpet will be admitted with a somewhat reduced requirement for jazz improvisation skills. Their board requirements, recital program, private applied study, and improvisation class work will be adjusted for this emphasis.
Many of the Master of Music Degrees and Doctoral Degrees at CCM offer the possibility of a Cognate (minor) in Jazz Studies. Other degrees may offer the possibility of electives in the jazz area. Please contact the Department Chair of the individual graduate programs or contact the Director of Jazz Studies for more information.