Music – Jazz Studies and Performance (MM)
Degree Offered: Master of Music
Concentration: Jazz Studies & Performance
February 1 (Fall admission only)
The Jazz Studies concentration offers a high-level experience in small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in the areas of improvisation and arranging.
A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools.
In addition to the University’s admission requirements:
- Completed SlideRoom application.
- Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00.
- Two letters of recommendation.
Jazz performance track majors:
- An audition CD or tape following these requirements:
- The taped performance should demonstrate ability to play within a group and strengths as a soloist. Perform a minimum of three tunes:
- One up-tempo tune such as "Cherokee," "Ornithology," "It Could Happen To You," "Just Friends," or a similar selection.
- One ballad such as "Body and Soul," "In a Sentimental Mood," "I Can't Get Started," or a similar selection.
- One medium-tempo tune such as "All the Things You Are," "Out of Nowhere," "Have You Met Miss Jones?" or a similar selection.
- At least one chorus within the presentation of each tune should be performed unaccompanied.
Special Audition Notes:
- Piano, guitar, and mallet instruments: Performance should demonstrate ability to accompany, as well as to solo. One of the required selections must be performed unaccompanied.
- Drum set: Performance should demonstrate ability to use brushes as well as sticks, and to play through the head of the up-tune unaccompanied, outlining rhythmic structure of the melody.
- Bass: Performance should demonstrate ability to construct a walking bass line and should showcase strengths as an improviser. Acoustic bassists should demonstrate use of the bow.
- Vocalists: If currently studying voice, include sample of vocalization at the beginning of tape. Performance should demonstrate the ability to scat, as well as an understanding of the lyric.
- 36 credits of graduate study.
- One-hour recital.
- Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination,
which carries no course credit and is required of all students.
- Final project.
|Master of Music (Jazz Studies & Performance concentration)||36 Credits|
|Ensembles (one per semester)||4|
|Transcription and Analysis||3|
|Topics in Jazz History||2|
|Advanced Jazz Ear Training||2|
|Entrepreneurship in the Music and Ent. Industry||2|
|Masters Thesis or Tribute Recital||0|
|Composition and Arranging Performance Track||36 credits|
|First Year – Fall semester||9 credits|
|MUSP 5940 Applied Lessons||3|
|MUSP 5410 Chamber Jazz Ensemble||1|
|MUSI 5750 Transcription and Analysis||3|
|MUSI 5740 Advanced Jazz Ear Training||2|
|First Year – Spring semester||9 credits|
|MUSP 5950 Applied Lessons||3|
|MUSP 5420 Chamber Jazz Ensemble||1|
|MUSI 5300 Research Techniques||3|
|MUSI 6780 Topics in Jazz History||2|
|Second Year – Fall semester||9 credits|
|MUSP 6950 Applied Lessons||3|
|MUSP 6410 Chamber Jazz Ensemble||1|
|MUSI 6300 Graduate Seminar||3|
|MUSI 6760 Performance Practice||2|
|Second Year – Spring semester||9 credits|
|MUSP 6950 Applied Lessons||3|
|MUSP 6420 Chamber Jazz Ensemble||1|
|MUSI 6700 Pedagogy of Jazz||3|
|MUSI 6400 Entrepreneurship in the Mus and Ent. Industry||2|
|MUSI 6910 Master's Thesis or MUSI 6020 Tribute Recital||0|