MUS - Music Course Descriptions

MUS V2300 Jazz Theory

Advanced concepts in jazz harmony, jazz improvisation and composition. Topics include reharmonization, functional and nonfunctional techniques, bitonality, and post-tonal theory. Principles of modal and free jazz will be explored through transcription and analysis. Classroom performance required.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

MUS V2310 Advanced Jazz Arranging

In depth study of jazz arranging with focus on writing for Septet through Jazz Orchestra. Focus on small ensemble writing will be 1960s to present. Large ensemble study will focus on recent works including those of Jim McNeely and Bob Brookmeyer. Discussion of ranges, form, voicings, harmonic approaches and languages, writing for rhythm section, and overall orchestration, craft, and techniques. Readings of student works. Expansion of vocabulary, development of aural imagination and personal voice.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

MUS V2311 Advanced Jazz Composition

In depth study of jazz composition with focus on form, style, counterpoint, harmonic and melodic language, rhythm, orchestration, and historic perspective.  Model writing, readings of student works. Expansion of vocabulary, development of aural imagination and personal voice.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

MUS V6900 Jazz History Seminar

An in-depth examination of the work of a seminal artist, or time period, critical to the development of jazz.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

MUS V6910 Special Topics in Jazz

Topics vary on a rotating basis determined by the jazz faculty. These may include, but are not limited to, an in-depth examination of the music of a specific musician or group of musicians, as well as historical, analytical or performance studies.

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.

MUS V8100 Private Instruction

Private Instruction

Credits

2

Contact Hours

3 hr.wk.

MUS V8103 Private Instruction for Jazz Students

Students study privately on their instrument/voice with a full-time faculty member or an accomplished artist/teacher from the New York jazz community, selected by agreement of the student, director of jazz studies and graduate advisor. Students will complete eight one-hour lessons each semester and receive an evaluation and grade from the private instructor. May be taken four times.

Credits

1

Contact Hours

1 hr./wk.

MUS V8200 Recital

A one-hour recital of repertoire or original compositions performed at the university in the final semester. The program will be chosen in consultation with the jazz faculty and private instructor, and represents the culmination of the student’s graduate work. 

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the MM in Jazz Studies.

Contact Hours

N/A

MUS V8400 Graduate Ensemble

Rehearsal and performance in small jazz ensemble. Involves intense work on performance skills, study of various composers, repertoire and styles. Students compose and arrange for the ensemble and rehearse supplemental to class meetings. May be taken up to four times.

Credits

2

Contact Hours

2 hr./wk.

MUS V9100 Tutorial

Independent study under guidance of a faculty member.

Credits

Credits vary

Contact Hours

Hours and credits vary.

MUS V9200 Jazz Pedagogy and Practicum

Students are mentored and supervised by jazz faculty members as they assist in activities such as rehearsing and instructing undergraduates in ensembles and academic jazz classes. Students will have practical training in writing syllabi and designing courses and receive critical feedback to better prepare to become jazz educators. 

Credits

3

Contact Hours

3 hr./wk.