Jazz and Commercial Music, Certificate

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The Jazz and Commercial Music Certificate is designed to give the music major/minor access to jazz classes and ensembles and increase their skills for the purpose of performing and teaching jazz. The certificate includes a recital experience to enhance students’ abilities to apply their knowledge in a performance setting. Students will also perform for a jury (pass/fail) on materials provided through the curriculum.

Note, the following are required:

  • Jazz Piano Fundamental Test (Pass/Fail);
  • Jury performance–participation must be approved by the director of the Jazz Program;
  • Recital–participation must be approved by the director of the Jazz Program.
Required Courses
MUSC 103MUSIC THEORY III3
MUSC 108INSTRUCTION ON INSTRUMENT OR VOICE (Jazz Piano)1
MUSC 280BASIC JAZZ ARRANGING1
MUSC 281ADVANCED JAZZ ARRANGING1
MUSC 286INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ THEORY AND AURAL SKILLS1
MUSC 287BASIC JAZZ THEORY/IMPROVISATION1
MUSC 288INTERMEDIATE JAZZ THEORY/IMPROVISATION1
MUSC 289ADVANCED JASS THEORY/IMPROVISATION1
MUSC 356HISTORY OF JAZZ3
MUSC 447JAZZ ENSEMBLE METHODS/MATERIAL2
Required Ensembles–choose instrumental or vocal6
Instrumental
CONCERT JAZZ ORCHESTRA
REPERTORY JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Vocal
JAZZ LAB ENSEMBLE
COLLEGIANS
VOCAL JAZZ II
Required Ensembles–must be repeated 6
JAZZ COMBO 1
JAZZ COMBO 2
JAZZ COMBO 3
JAZZ COMBO 4
JAZZ COMBO 5
Electives in Area of Interest-choose from the following2
INSTRUCTION ON INSTRUMENT OR VOICE (Jazz Piano)
INSTRUCTION ON INSTRUMENT OR VOICE (Applied Bass)
INSTRUCTION ON INSTRUMENT OR VOICE (Applied Drum Set)
Total Credits29

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • analyze and create arrangements and compositions in the jazz idiom;
  • analyze, understand and perform literature through the study of jazz theory and improvisation;
  • analyze and perform literature in a variety of ensemble settings with varying historical perspectives;
  • analyze and perform on various idiomatic instruments;
  • apply knowledge and skills gained for a jury and during a recital.