Music – Jazz Studies and Arranging (MM)

Music – Jazz Studies and Arranging (MM)

Degree Offered: Master of Music

Concentration: Jazz Studies and Arranging

Campus Location

Main Campus

Application Deadline:

February 1 (Fall admission only)

Program Description:

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.

Admission Requirements:

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.

Program Requirements:

  • 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 Concentration36 credits
Arranging Concentration
Arranging Lessons 12
Ensembles (one per semester) 4
Research Techniques 3
Transcription and Analysis 3
Music for the Media 3
Jazz Pedagogy 3
Topics in Jazz History 2
Advanced Jazz Ear Training 2
Entrepreneurship for the Jazz Musician 2
Topics in Arranging 2
Arranging Recital 0
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
Music Courses
MUS 5610 Research Techniques 3
MUS 5580 Music Technology 3
MUS 5900 Graduate Seminar 3