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B.A. in Jazz Studies

Students in Jazz Studies are mentored by an accomplished professional faculty and take private lessons with some of the most renowned musicians in the Baltimore/Washington area.

Students have the opportunity to record on state-of-the-art equipment and perform in a variety of ensembles in venues both on and off campus. Students receive a solid grounding in jazz theory, history and performance practice, preparing them for graduate school and careers as full-time players and teachers.

Faculty


Harry Appelman, M.M. – Jazz Piano
Tom Baldwin, B. M. – Bass, electric & upright
Matthew Belzer, M.M. – Saxophone
Tom Goldstein, M.M. – Percussion
Tom Lagana, M.M. – Electric Guitar
Mike Noonan – Jazz Vibraphone
Scott Tiemann – Drumset and Hand Percussion
Tom Williams – Jazz Trumpet

Core Music BA Requirements


Music Theory
Catalog Number Course Name
MUSC 125 Theory I: Basics of Music [3]
MUSC 126 Theory II: Harmony and Voice Leading [3]
MUSC 221 Jazz Theory & Aural Skills [3]
MUSC 222 Jazz Arranging [3]
Or
MUSC 223 Jazz Composition [3]
MUSC 227 Theory V: 20th Century Analysis [3]
Musicianship Lab
MUSC 110 Musicianship Lab I [1]
MUSC 111 Musicianship Lab II [1]
MUSC 210 Musicianship Lab III [1]
MUSC 211 Musicianship Lab IV [1]
A grade of “B” or better is required for MUSC 211
Keyboard Skills
MUSC 178-A Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 178-B Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-A Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-B Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1]
Or demonstrated piano proficiency.
A grade of “B” or better is required for MUSC 179-B.
MUSC 191
Eight semesters of MUSC 191 – Recital Preparation [8]
Music History
MUSC 230 Musics of the World [3]
MUSC 321 Music History I [3]
MUSC 322 Music History II [3]
Conducting
MUSC 380 Introduction to Conducting [3]
Ensembles – Eight semesters of ensemble participation [16]
MUSC 320/340 Jazz Ensemble/Jazz Small Groups
Upper Division Classes
MUSC 480 Music, Art and Society [3]
Or
MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3]
MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3]
One elective – upper level, in Music or VPA [3]Note: Performance majors are required to take as their upper-level elective core requirement either MUSC 362: Arts in Education or MUSC 400 Special Projects in Pedagogy.

Core Jazz Requirements


In addition to the core courses listed above, students must complete the following core requirements.

Jazz Major
Catalog Number Course Name
MUSC 193 Performance Studies for Music Majors – Four semesters of individual performance studies at 3 credits each [12]
MUSC 390 Performance Studies for Music Majors – Four semesters of individual performance studies at 3 credits each [12]
Ensembles – Eight semesters of ensemble participation [16]
MUSC 214 History of Jazz
Junior Recital
Senior Recital