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Jazz Emphasis

Dr. Ben Markley, director

The jazz studies area in the Department of Music has established an Emphasis in Jazz Studies, which can be incorporated into any music degree offered. This new concentration is intended to help music students become a more diverse professional musician.  Students in the program will study jazz theory, improvisation, styles, arranging, history, techniques, and performing skills in large and small jazz ensembles.  It will provide a unique jazz opportunity that few programs in the country can offer.  In addition, it will aid students in graduate study and obtaining teaching and performing positions.


  • 4 hours (4 semesters) MUSC 1390 or 1410 02 A Jazz Ensemble or Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • 2 hours (2 semesters) MUSC 1470 Jazz Combo
  • Prerequisite - Jazz Theory/Improvisation I and II
  • 2 hours (1 semester) MUSC 4380 Jazz Techniques
  • 3 hours (1 semester) MUSC 4350 Jazz History
  • 2 hours (1 semester) MUSC 3020 Jazz Theory/Improvisation I
  • 2 hours (1 semester) MUSC 3025 Jazz Theory/Improvisation II
  • 2 hours (1 semester) MUSC 4020 Jazz Theory/Improvisation III
  • 2 hours (1 semester) MUSC 4025 Jazz Theory/Improvisation IV

Total: 19 credit hours

To declare an Emphasis In Jazz Studies complete a Declaration of Jazz Emphasis Form and turn it in to Dr. Ben Markley.

Jazz Jury: Students completing the Jazz Emphasis must perform an extra jazz jury for the jazz faculty that demonstrates proficiencies learned in the curriculum.  This must occur following completion of the jazz curriculum and before the student graduates.

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