The B.A. in music offers students the opportunity to indulge extensively in their music work while devoting time to studies outside of music.
All students interested in majoring in music must first pass an entrance audition on an instrument or voice. In order to complete the major, all students must attain intermediate level on a single instrument or voice; must have or acquire piano skills sufficient to pass the piano proficiency examination; and must pass a junior standing examination, usually at the end of the sophomore year.
Jazz Studies concentrators learn intermediate music theory, jazz improvisation and composition, and take several courses in jazz history and culture. There is a strong emphasis on private lessons and performing ensembles -- such as University Jazz Ensemble, Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Jazz Vocal Ensemble -- each semester. The capstone requirement is a Senior Recital.
Upon completion of the B.A. in Music degree with a Jazz Studies concentration, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced skill on a single instrument or voice
- Demonstrate advanced jazz improvisation skill
- Describe and apply intermediate jazz harmony knowledge and skills
- Describe and apply intermediate music history and literature knowledge
- Demonstrate intermediate proficiency on the piano
- In their professional life (after graduating) alumni apply skills, knowledge, and proficiency attained