Undergraduate 2019-2020

Music B.M. – Jazz Studies 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

Website: www.arts.unco.edu/music

Advising Information:

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

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. 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 for admission to the School of Music. An audition is required for all applicants to music degree programs; for some graduate programs, an interview may be conducted in lieu of an audition. Current School of Music admission guidelines and audition requirements are available at: http://arts.unco.edu/music/apply/.
  • Students meeting the general admission requirements of the University may be accepted as undeclared majors. However, students may only be designated as music majors upon successful completion of the School of Music application and audition process.

    Program Requirements:

    • In all MUS courses, a student must receive C- or better to fulfill degree requirements.
    • Any student receiving lower than a C- in a MUS prefix class for the second time in the same class will be placed on probation. If the student receives lower than a C- a third time in the same class, the student will be removed from the major.
    • Students are required to take MUS 100 8 times, based on degree. This is not tied to lessons.
    • After students have fulfilled the requirements for applied lessons in their degree, additional applied lessons will be at the discretion of the studio teacher and Director.
    • All students in applied lessons must enroll in a major ensemble. Students that do not have a major ensemble required for the duration of the degree program should follow their degree requirements.
    • Any student receiving a grade below a C- in applied lessons will be placed on probation. A second semester of a grade below a C- in applied lessons will result, upon consent from the area, in removal from the major.
    • 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.

    Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

    Degree Requirements

    1. Required Specified LAC — 9 credits

    LAC area 3.a. — Arts

    MUS 243History of Music I


    Additional area 3 or 5

    MUS 143Musical Styles and Context


    LAC — Electives

    MUS 244History of Music II


    Remaining LAC — 31 credits

    See “Liberal Arts Core”.

    2. Required Major — 66-68 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 160Class Piano I


    MUS 161Class Piano II


    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 Instruction in Jazz


    MUS 262Class Jazz Piano


    MUS 328Jazz Improvisation II


    MUS 344History of Jazz


    MUS 346Arranging


    MUS 347Advanced Arranging


    MUS 436Individual Instruction in Jazz


    MUS 443Topics in Jazz History


    MUS 460Survey of the Music Business


    MUS 236: Take 8 credits

    MUS 436: Take 8 credits

    Jazz Ensembles — Choose appropriate option below:

    Instrumentalists (12 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.

    Ensembles other than MUS 221/MUS 421 and MUS 225/MUS 425: Take 4 times totaling 4 credits.

    Vocalists (12 credits)

    MUS 224Vocal Jazz Ensembles


    MUS 424Vocal Jazz Ensembles


    MUS 224 and MUS 424: Take 8 credits total.

    Ensembles other than MUS 224/MUS 424: Take 4 times totaling 4 credits.

    Remaining Major 3 credits

    Take 3 credits of MUS-prefix courses.

    Additional Required Credits (If applicable):

    Vocalists (2 credits)

    MUS 410Vocal Pedagogy


    Pianists, guitarists, bassists, and drummers (1 credit)

    MUS 342Jazz Rhythm Section Workshop


    3. University-Wide Credits — 11-13 credits

    Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 11-13 credits.