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Master of Music

Master of Music in Jazz Studies

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There are two tracks for this degree:

Jazz Composition

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits
Major Area
a) Jazz composition studies (8 credits of MUSC 716)
b)  Non jazz composition studies (2 credits of MUSC 516 or 716)
c) Jazz studies (9 credits from MUSC 524, 713, 714, 786)
d) Composition recital (1 credit of MUSC 790)
20 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 3 credits
Music Theory (one 700-level analytical course) 3 credits
Music Electives (may include ensemble credits) 4 credits
Total 32 credits

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate jazz ensemble (MUSC 734)

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in jazz studies (or the equivalent), including keyboard skills and proficiency in a keyboards, orchestral, wind, or percussion instrument equivalent to the completion of the third year of undergraduate instruction at USC; documentation of significant jazz experience.

Jazz Performance

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits
Major Area
a) Applied studies (8 credits of MUSC 711Z)
b) Jazz studies (9 credits from MUSC 524, 713, 714, 786)
c) Recital (1 credit of MUSC 796)
d) Jazz Combo (2 credits of MUSC 735)
20 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 3 credits
Music Theory (one 700-level analytical course) 3 credits
Music Electives (may include ensemble credits) 4 credits
Total 32 credits

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate jazz ensemble (MUSC 734)

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in jazz performance (or the equivalent), including keyboard skills.