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Degrees Offered

BM in Jazz Studies

The Bachelor of Music is an intensive curriculum designed for students wishing to prepare for graduate study in music and for specific professional purposes.

Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 124 units, including the University General Education requirements (51 units minimum) for a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Complete the following prerequisites to the major (31-35 units):
    MUS 1220 Theory I, 3 units
    MUS 1230 Theory II, 3 units
    MUS 1320 Eartraining and Sightsinging I, 1 unit
    MUS 1330 Eartraining and Sightsinging II, 1 unit
    1. Complete 2 units from one of the following applied studies:
      1. MUS 1610 Freshman-Level Keyboard, 1 unit or
      2. MUS 1640 Freshman-Level Voice, 1 unit or
      3. MUS 1670 Freshman-Level Orchestral Instruments, 1 unit
        MUS 2000 Music of World Cultures, 3 units
        MUS 2150 Introduction to Music Technology, 1 unit
        MUS 2220 Chromatic Harmony, 3 units
        MUS 2230 Twentieth Century Techniques, 3 units
        MUS 2320 Eartraining and Sightsinging III, 1 unit
        MUS 2330 Eartraining and Sightsinging IV, 1 unit
    2. Complete a total of 4 semesters selected from the following ensembles:
      1. MUS 2400 Orchestra, 1 unit or
      2. MUS 2410 Concert Chorale, 2 units or
      3. MUS 2440 Wind Ensemble, 2 units or
      4. MUS 2480 Jazz Ensemble, 2 units
    3. Complete 2 units from one of the following applied studies:
      1. MUS 2610 Sophomore-Level Keyboard, 1 unit or
      2. MUS 2640 Sophomore-Level Voice, 1 unit or
      3. MUS 2670 Sophomore-Level Orchestral Instruments, 1 unit
      4. MUS 2900 Music History and Literature I, 3 units
  3. Complete the major course requirements (42-46 units). No more than 8 units of CR-graded coursework from courses graded exclusively CR/NC may apply toward the major. Completion of a minor is not required.

Junior Year Requirement

Before advancing to senior-level applied study, all Bachelor of Music majors with an emphasis in piano, instrumental, or vocal performance must present a public solo recital consisting of approximately thirty minutes of literature. A faculty hearing of the recital material must occur no later than one month before the recital is to be presented. Students must have completed all the prerequisites to the major before presenting the junior recital or be currently enrolled in all remaining prerequisites during the semester in which the recital is presented.

Senior Year Requirement

The Bachelor of Music degree is a four-year course of study culminating in the presentation of a solo recital or the completion of a faculty-approved project. Following the junior qualifying examination at the final 2000-level jury, the faculty will recommend whether the student should pursue the Recital Track or the Project Track. Students must inform the faculty no later than the final 3000-level jury which track they wish to pursue.

  1. The Recital Track requires two semesters of applied study at the 4000-level and a public recital. The recital will be a presentation of literature demonstrating a mastery of performance practices related to several style periods. Performance majors will present a solo recital consisting of approximately 45 minutes of music.
    All other Bachelor of Music students following the Recital Track will present a recital consisting of approximately 30 minutes of music. The recital may include ensembles in which the student’s performing medium is featured. A faculty hearing of the recital material must occur no later than one month before the recital is to be presented. Students may present a senior recital only when completing the coursework for the degree. This coursework normally includes all core courses for the degree as well as all upper-division requirements for the major. In all cases, faculty approval of the recital presentation is required for graduation. Students should register for MUS 4900 during the term in which the recital is completed.
  2. The Project Track requires completion of a creative or scholarly project and two semesters of applied study following completion of the required 3000-level. Students may fulfill the applied study requirement by enrolling in either the 3000- or 4000-level of applied study. The nature and scope of the project must be determined by the student and a faculty member qualified to supervise the study, and must be approved by the music faculty two semesters prior to completing the project. Students should register for MUS 4900 during the term in which the project is completed.
  3. Students following the Composition major shall select the Project Track and complete a senior composition portfolio under the direction of a faculty member qualified to supervise the study, normally the studio composition faculty instructor. The nature and scope of the project must be determined by the student and faculty member and must be approved by the music faculty. Students should register for MUS 4900 during the term in which the portfolio is completed. Composition majors normally complete four semesters of upper-division applied studies in composition following the successful completion of the 2000-level of applied study and of the junior qualifying examination in their major performing medium (keyboard, instrumental, or vocal).

The Major (42-46 units)

  1. Core: Complete the following courses (17-21 units):
    MUS 3100 Music History and Literature II, 3 units
    MUS 3200 Music History and Literature III, 3 units
    MUS 3250 Eighteenth Century Counterpoint, 2 units
    MUS 3260 Form and Analysis, 2 units
    MUS 3270 Basic Conducting, 2 units
    MUS 4900 Senior Recital or Project, 1 unit
    Complete a total of 4 semesters selected from the following ensembles:
    1. MUS 4400 Orchestra, 1 unit or
    2. MUS 4410 Concert Chorale, 2 units or
    3. MUS 4440 Wind Ensemble, 2 units or
    4. MUS 4480 Jazz Ensemble, 2 units
  2. Areas of Study: Under the direction of the major adviser, complete
    one of the following major areas of study (25 units):

Jazz Studies (25 units)
MUS 2100 Jazz Improvisation, 1 unit
MUS 2101 Functional Jazz Piano, 1 unit
MUS 2110 Jazz Improvisation II, 1 unit
MUS 2501/4501 Jazz Chamber Ensemble, 6 units
MUS 3300 Jazz Arranging, 1 unit
MUS 3301 Jazz Arranging II, 2 units
MUS 3350 Jazz Techniques for the Music Educator, 1 unit
MUS 3410 History of Jazz, 3 units
MUS 3670 Junior-Level Orchestral Instruments, 2 units
MUS 4230 Media Project, 1 unit
MUS 4670 Advanced Orchestral Instruments, 2 units
Electives as approved by adviser, 4 units

 

Requirements Units
University General Education Requirements 51
Required Prerequisites 31-35
Major 42-46
Total Required Units 124-132
Updated: 11/01/2012
California State University Stanislaus
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Turlock, California 95382

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