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UMBC Department of Music
B.A. in Music
Jazz
Students in the Jazz emphasis 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

Core Requirements (for Jazz Emphasis)

All music majors, regardless of emphasis, take a series of core courses.

MUSC 125 Theory I: Basics of Music [3]
MUSC 126 Theory II: Harmony & Voice Leading [3]
MUSC 221 Jazz Theory & Aural Skills [3]
Choice of:
MUSC 222

Jazz Arranging [3]

-OR-

MUSC 223

Jazz Composition [3]

   
MUSC 227 Theory V: 20th Century Analysis [3]
   
MUSC 110 Musicianship Lab [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

   
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

   

Eight semesters of MUSC 191 - Recital Preparation [8]

   
MUSC 230 Musics of the World [3]
MUSC 321 Music History I [3]
MUSC 322 Music History II [3]
   
MUSC 380 Introduction to Conducting [3]
   
MUSC 480

Music, Art and Society [3]

-OR-
MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3]
   

One elective - upper level, in Music or VPA [3]

Emphasis Requirements

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

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]

Eight semesters of jazz ensemble participation [16]

 

MUSC 320 Jazz Ensemble

MUSC 324 Jazz Small Groups

MUSC 214 History of Jazz

Junior Recital

Senior Recital

 

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