Music B.M. – Jazz Studies Instrumental Emphasis

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact: Dana B. Landry, M.M., Director of Jazz Studies

Location: Frasier Hall 108

Telephone: 970.351.2993

Fax: 970.351.1923


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Music degree is the initial professional degree in music. Its primary emphasis is on development of the skills, concepts and sensitivity essential to the professional life of a musician. It also prepares students for advanced study in graduate school.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Students planning to major in music are required to submit an application to the School of Music. The music application and appropriate instructions are provided by the Admissions Office upon request, or upon receipt of an Application for Admission that specifically indicates a music major. Auditions are required of all applicants to the School of Music. Information concerning auditions may be requested from the School of Music, University of Northern Colorado, Frasier Hall, Greeley, Colorado 80639, phone 970.351.2993 or at our website
  • Students meeting the general admission requirements of the University may be accepted as undeclared majors. Students will be designated as music majors and accepted by the School of Music after a successful audition.
  • Minimum Proficiencies. Minimum proficiency in music fundamentals and ear training as assessed by the Music Theory Placement Exam to enter MUS 113/114.

Program Requirements:

  • MUS 100 Recitals, Concerts and Productions must be taken each semester in residence.
  • Students must take Individual Performance in Jazz each semester in residence and Individual Performance each of the first four semesters in residence. Students will continue to enroll in Individual Performance (200-level) each semester until proficiency sufficient to enter 400-level Individual Performance courses is demonstrated.
  • Students must participate in Jazz Ensembles each semester in residence and Major Musical Organizations a minimum of four semesters in residence.
  • All students must demonstrate keyboard skills equivalent to the successful completion of MUS 161 and MUS 262.
  • The junior recital must demonstrate performance skills in jazz. The senior recital must demonstrate performance and compositional skills in jazz and may not be performed until the successful completion of three semesters of MUS 436.
  • See “Major Musical Organizations”.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 6 credits

LAC area 3.a. — Arts

MUS 243History of Music I


LAC — Electives

MUS 244History of Music II


Remaining LAC — 34 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 70-71 credits

Take all of the following courses:

MUS 100Recitals, Concerts and Productions


MUS 113Music Theory I


MUS 114Aural Skills and Sight Singing I


MUS 115Music Theory II


MUS 116Aural Skills and Sight Singing II


MUS 143Musical Styles and Context


MUS 213Music Theory III


MUS 214Aural Skills and Sight Singing III


MUS 215Music Theory IV


MUS 216Aural Skills and Sight Singing IV


MUS 218Jazz Theory


MUS 223Jazz Improvisation I


MUS 236Individual Performance in Jazz

2 - 4

MUS 303Instrumentation


MUS 328Jazz Improvisation II


MUS 342Jazz Rhythm Section Workshop


MUS 344History of Jazz


MUS 346Arranging


MUS 347Advanced Arranging


MUS 436Individual Performance in Jazz

2 - 4

MUS 460Survey of the Music Business


Major Musical Organization


Individual Performance (Take 8 credits at the 200 Level)


MUS 236: Take 8 credits

MUS 342: required only for pianists, guitarists, bassists, and drummers

MUS 436: Take 8 credits

Student will choose from the following areas: Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion or Guitar.

Instrumentalists will participate in the following courses (8 credits):

MUS 221Small Jazz Ensembles


MUS 225Jazz Ensemble


MUS 421Small Jazz Ensembles


MUS 425Jazz Ensemble



MUS 221, MUS 225, MUS 421, and MUS 425: Take 2 times

3. University-Wide Credits — 9-10 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 9-10 credits.