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B.M. in Jazz Studies

The bachelor of music degree in jazz studies offers a wealth of instructional resources, including coursework in improvisation, jazz history and theory; applied jazz lessons; and an abundance of performing experience, both in small combos and in large ensembles.

With an extensive roster of performer/teachers, a wealth of Chicago-area cultural opportunities, and a nationally recognized jazz band and Jazz Festival, we have an established reputation in America’s signature art form. Our degree program strives to prepare musicians for a variety of performance and composing careers in jazz and commercial music.

Music Courses
Concert Attendance: MUS 100 each term, with or without credit
Music Theory: MUS 135, 136, 235, 236
Music History: MUS 343, 344
Music Business: MUS 330
Music Education: MUS 369

Jazz Studies Courses
MUS 120 Jazz Fundamentals I
MUS 121 Jazz Fundamentals II
MUS 223 Jazz Keyboard Fundamentals
MUS 290 Digital Music I
MUS 318 Jazz: A History and Analysis
MUS 325 Rhythm Section Fundamentals
MUS 350 Jazz Arranging I
MUS 430 Jazz Improvisation I
MUS 431 Jazz Improvisation II

Applied Music
Classical study for credit: two terms on major instrument or voice
Applied Jazz Study for credit: six terms on major instrument or voice
Applied Jazz Piano: two terms (noncredit to 1.0 credit)
Band, Choir or Orchestra: four terms on major instrument or voice
Large Jazz Ensemble: each term enrolled, up to six (large ensemble defined as Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble)

For jazz studies majors, Jazz Band II, Vocal Jazz I, Vocal Jazz II and Gretsch Guitar Ensemble may count as a major performing ensemble after four terms of Choir, Concert Band or Orchestra have been fulfilled. Guitar majors may select classical guitar ensemble to fulfill this requirement. See specific degree programs for ensemble requirements.
Jazz Combo: minimum of four terms
Senior Recital (Junior Recital optional)

*Guitarists may choose to take Classical Guitar Ensemble for four terms.

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