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Master of Music in Jazz Studies

This program is designed for accomplished jazz musicians who intend to pursue careers as performers or teachers in the field of jazz.

Entrance Requirements

  1. An audition is required prior to admission. An audition in person is preferable, but if this is not possible a sound recording may be submitted. The applicant will be expected to demonstrate the ability to improvise on a variety of tune-types and display a well-developed instrumental ability.
  2. Applicants should have completed a Bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution with course work equivalent to that in Bachelor's degrees conferred by the University of Tennessee.
  3. Diagnostic examinations in music theory, ear training, musicology , and jazz must be taken by all entering students before registering for courses. If deficiencies are detected, specific courses may be recommended or required.

Course Outline

Description Course Name Hours
Music Bibliography Mus Gen 510 3
Music Theory Elective Mus Theory 500 level or
Music General 520: Styles
Musicology Elective Musicology  500 level 3
Improvisation Mus Perf 599 6-8
Applied Music Mus Perf 500 level 2-0
Seminar in Jazz Mus Jazz 520 3
Ensemble (Jazz) Mus Ens 500 level 4
Technology - 3 hours chosen from:
Computer Music Transcription
Scoring for Film and Media
Virtual Audio Modeling

Mus Tech (MUTC) 540
Mus Tech (MUTC) 520
Mus Tech (MUTC) 530

*Music Electives    4
Graduate Recital Mus Gen 501 2
Total 33
*Ensemble hours may not be counted as Music Electives.
Students are required to enroll in lessons concurrently with Mus Gen 501 Graduate Recital.

Final Requirements

  1. Graduate Recital.
  2. Comprehensive written and oral examinations.

Remember, consult the University Graduate School's website for deadline dates and other important information.

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