Music – Jazz Studies and Arranging (MM)
Degree Offered: Master of Music
Concentration: Jazz Studies and Arranging
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 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 arranging track majors:
- A portfolio must contain a minimum of three scores with recording (CD or tape).
- One selection must feature a large ensemble.
- If possible, a cross-representation of styles, tempos, and instrumentation should be included.
- In addition to jazz pieces, works in other styles may be submitted. Please exclude extended improvisation sections.
- 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.
|MM Jazz Studies: Arranging Concentration||36 credits|
|Ensembles (one per semester)||4|
|Transcription and Analysis||3|
|Music for the Media||3|
|Topics in Jazz History||2|
|Advanced Jazz Ear Training||2|
|Entrepreneurship for the Jazz Musician||2|
|Topics in Arranging||2|
|Composition and Arranging Track||36 credits|
|First Year – Fall semester||9 credits|
|MUSP 5900 Arranging 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 5910 Arranging 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 6900 Arranging Lessons||3|
|MUSP 6410 Chamber Jazz Ensemble||1|
|MUSI 6680 Composing for the Media||3|
|MUSI 6770 Topics in Jazz Arranging||2|
|Second Year – Spring semester||9 credits|
|MUSP 6910 Arranging Lessons||3|
|MUSP 6420 Chamber Jazz Ensemble||1|
|MUSI 6700 Pedagogy of Jazz||3|
|MUSI 6710 Entrepreneurship for the Jazz Musician||2|
|MUSP 6010 Arranging Recital||0|
|College of Arts and Communication|
|MUS 5610 Research Techniques||3|
|MUS 5580 Music Technology||3|
|MUS 5900 Graduate Seminar||3|