Jazz Studies

Jacobs School Bulletin

2019-20
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Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

The Jacobs School of Music offers Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Jazz Studies degrees. Undergraduates may also choose the Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (BSoF) with Jazz Emphasis. A minor in Jazz Studies is available to undergraduate and graduate students on other music degrees in the Jacobs School of Music.

Degree Requirements:

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Admission to the degree by audition. All jazz studies majors are required to meet the core curriculum requirements of the music school and the following:

Major Ensemble   

X40 University Instrumental Ensembles (2 cr.) (instrumentalists) or X70 University Choral Ensembles (2 cr.) (vocalists) each fall and spring semester.

Chamber Music Ensemble

O450 Jazz Chamber Ensemble (1-1-1-1 cr.).

Performance Study

Minimum of 3 credit hours each semester until senior recital is passed (students who have completed 24 credit hours and the senior recital and who wish to continue performance study may reduce credit to 2 credit hours). Entrance audition, freshman jury, upper-division examination, senior recital. I300 Studio Masterclass (0 cr.) and/or I301 Departmental Masterclass (0 cr.) may be required in connection with performance study (varies by studio).

Jazz Major Courses (25-33 credit hours)
  • E470 Pedagogy of Jazz (2 cr.) (instrumentalists) or E482 Methods and Materials for Teaching Vocal Jazz (2 cr.) (vocalists)
  • M393 History of Jazz (3 cr.)
  • O311 Fundamentals of Jazz Theory (1 cr.)
  • O316 Jazz Arranging 1 (2 cr.)
  • O317 Jazz Arranging 2 (2 cr.)
  • O318 Styles and Analysis of Jazz 1 (2 cr.)
  • O319 Styles and Analysis of Jazz 2 (2 cr.)
  • O321 Jazz Improvisation 1 (2 cr.)
  • O322 Jazz Improvisation 2 (3 cr.), required for jazz majors excluding jazz percussion majors
  • O323 Jazz Improvisation 3 (3 cr.)
  • O324 Jazz Improvisation 4 (3 cr.), required for jazz majors excluding jazz percussion majors
  • For jazz piano and percussion majors, 6 credit hours selected from:
    • O322 Jazz Improvisation 2 (3 cr.)
    • O324 Jazz Improvisation 4 (3 cr.)
    • O450 Jazz Chamber Music (1 cr.)
    • A100 Foundations of Audio Technology (3 cr.)
    • A330 Modern Recording Studio Techniques (3 cr.)
    • A331 Production Techniques for Music Majors (3 cr.)
    • M413 Advanced Topics in Latin American Music (Variable Topic: History and Performance of Latin American Music)

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Bachelor of Science in Music with an Outside Field (Jazz Studies Emphasis)

Admission to the degree by audition. All jazz studies majors are required to meet the core curriculum requirements of the music school and the following:

Major Ensemble   

X40 University Instrumental Ensembles (2 cr.) (instrumentalists) or X70 University Choral Ensembles (2 cr.) (vocalists) each fall and spring semester. A minimum of four semesters of jazz band is required for instrumentalists.

Chamber Music Ensemble

O450 Jazz Chamber Ensemble (1-1-1-1 cr.).

Performance Study

Minimum of 2 credit hours each semester until senior recital is passed. Entrance audition, freshman jury, upper-division examination, senior jazz recital. I300 Studio Masterclass (0 cr.) and/or I301 Departmental Masterclass (0 cr.) may be required in connection with performance study (varies by studio).

Jazz Major Courses (17-23 credit hours)
  • M393 History of Jazz (3 cr.)
  • O311 Fundamentals of Jazz Theory (1 cr.)
  • O318 Styles and Analysis of Jazz 1 (2 cr.)
  • O321 Jazz Improvisation 1 (2 cr.)
  • O322 Jazz Improvisation 2 (3 cr.), required for jazz majors excluding jazz percussion majors
  • O323 Jazz Improvisation 3 (3 cr.)
  • O324 Jazz Improvisation 4 (3 cr.), required for jazz majors excluding jazz percussion majors
  • For jazz piano and percussion majors, 6 credit hours selected from:
    • O316 Jazz Arranging 1 (2 cr.)
    • O317 Jazz Arranging 2 (2 cr.)
    • O319 Styles and Analysis of Jazz 2 (2 cr.)
    • O322 Jazz Improvisation 2 (3 cr.)
    • O324 Jazz Improvisation 4 (3 cr.)
    • O450 Jazz Chamber Music (1 cr.)
    • A100 Foundations of Audio Technology (3 cr.)
    • A330 Modern Recording Studio Techniques (3 cr.)
    • A331 Production Techniques for Music Majors (3 cr.)
    • M413 Advanced Topics in Latin American Music (Variable Topic: History and Performance of Latin American Music)

Outside Field 27 credit hours, subject to approval of the director of undergraduate studies and the advisor of the outside field department or program.

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Undergraduate Minor in Jazz Studies (15 credit hours)

Required Courses


  • M393 History of Jazz (3 cr.)
  • O311 Fundamentals of Jazz Theory (1 cr.)
  • O321 Jazz Improvisa­tion 1 (2 cr.)
  • P201 Jazz Piano Class 1 (2 cr.)

Students are strongly encouraged to take these courses before the elective courses.

Electives
7 credit hours chosen from:

  • E470 Pedagogy of Jazz (2 cr.)
  • E482 Methods and Materials for Teaching Vocal Jazz (2 cr.)
  • O316 Jazz Arranging 1 (2 cr.)
  • O317 Jazz Arranging 2 (2 cr.)
  • O318 Styles and Analysis of Jazz 1 (2 cr.)
  • O319 Styles and Analysis of Jazz 2 (2 cr.)
  • O322 Jazz Improvisation 2 (3 cr.)
  • O323 Jazz Improvisation 3 (3 cr.)
  • O324 Jazz Improvisation 4 (3 cr.)
  • O450 Jazz Chamber Ensemble (Jazz Combo) (1 cr.)
  • P202 Jazz Piano Class 2 (2 cr.)


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Master of Music in Jazz Studies

Prerequisite: Bachelor of Music or its demonstrated equivalent.
Admission to the degree by audition. Proficiency equivalent to the bachelor's degree at Indiana University. All jazz studies majors at the graduate level are required to meet the core curriculum requirements of the music school and the following:

Major Ensemble

X40 University Instrumental Ensembles (2 cr.) or X70 University Choral Ensembles (2 cr.) (jazz voice majors only) until four fall-spring enrollments are reached or the student graduates.

Jazz Major Courses (18 credit hours)
  • Two courses selected from M591 Jazz History 1: Origins through 1949 (3 cr); M592 Jazz History 2: 1950-1969 (3 cr); M593 Jazz History 3: 1970-present (3 cr.); or M594 Big Band Jazz (3 cr.)
  • 3 credit hours selected from O511 Fundamentals of Jazz Theory (1 cr.) and O521 Jazz Improvisation 1 (2 cr.) or O522-O523-O524 Jazz Improvisation 2-3-4 (3 cr.)
  • O550 Jazz Chamber Ensemble (1-1-1 cr.)
  • I711 Master’s Recital (0 cr.)

6 credit hours selected from:

  • E570 Pedagogy of Jazz (2 cr.)
  • E582 Methods and Materials for Teaching Vocal Jazz (3 cr.)
  • M584 Research in the History and Analysis of Jazz (3 cr.)
  • M591 Jazz History 1: Origins through 1949 (3 cr.)
  • M592 Jazz History 2: 1950-1969 (3 cr.)
  • M593 Jazz History 3: 1970-present (3 cr.)
  • M594 Big Band Jazz (3 cr.)
  • O512 Jazz Composition (3 cr.)
  • O516 Jazz Arranging 1 (2 cr.)
  • O517 Jazz Arranging 2 (2 cr.)
  • O522-O523-O524 Jazz Improvisation 2-3-4 (3 cr.)
  • O9-- Jazz Graduate Major (2 cr.)

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Doctoral Minor in Jazz Studies (12 credit hours)

3-12 credit hours selected from the following:

  • M591 Jazz History 1: Origins through 1949 (3 cr)
  • M592 Jazz History 2: 1950–1969 (3 cr)
  • M593 Jazz History 3: 1970–present (3 cr.)
  • M594 Big Band Jazz (3 cr.) 

0-9 credit hours selected from the following:

  • O511 Fundamentals of Jazz Theory (1 cr.)
  • O512 Jazz Composition (3 cr.)
  • O516 Jazz Arranging 1 (2 cr.)
  • O517 Jazz Arranging 2 (2 cr.)
  • O521 Jazz Improvisation 1 (2 cr.)
  • O522 Jazz Improvisation 2 (3 cr.)
  • O523 Jazz Improvisation 3 (3 cr.)
  • O524 Jazz Improvisation 4 (3 cr.)
  • O8-- Jazz Graduate Minor (2 cr.)