Requirements for Minor in Jazz Music

All courses offered for the minor in Jazz Music must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. At least 3 credits from Requirement 2 in either track must be at the upper division level. Completion of the General Track requires 21 credits. Completion of the Theory Track requires 24 credits.

The General Track is designed for students who are interested in jazz but who do not seek training in more sophisticated aspects of music theory and musicianship.  The Theory Track, for which students take music major courses in theory and musicianship, is for students who want to acquire more specialized knowledge and skills in the areas of music theory and musicianship.

General Track
1. Theory:
MUS 119 Elements of Music or MUS 130 Sound Structures
MUS 315/316 Structural Principles of Music I and II

Note: Students well versed in music notation and basic theory (demonstrated by the MUS 119 challenge examination) should take MUS 130 Sound Structures 

2. History:
MUS 308 History of Jazz and one of the following:
MUS 304, MUS 310, MUS 311, MUS 313, MUS 319, MUS 320, or MUS 355 (if offered as a jazz-related topic)

3. Performance:
Six semesters (6 credits) in any combination of the following courses:
MUS 189 Beginning Hazz Improvisation
MUS 264 Big Band Jazz Ensemble
MUS 267 Jazz Combo
Note: Students must audition to be accepted to MUS 189, MUS 264, and MUS 267.

Theory Track
1. Theory:

MUS 321 and MUS 322 Tonal Harmony I and II
MUS 120 and MUS 220 Musicianship I and II
Note: Students must pass the theory exam to be admitted to the above classes.

2. History:
MUS 308 History of Jazz and one of the following:
MUS 304, 310, 311, 313, 319, 320, or 355 (if offered as a jazz-related topic)

3. Performance:
Six semesters (6 credits) in any combination of the following courses:
MUS 189 Beginning Jazz Ensemble
MUS 264 Big Band Jazz Ensemble
MUS 267 Jazz Combo
Note: Students must audition to be accepted to MUS 189, MUS 264, and MUS 267.