Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Majors

Music Performance (MUS) with a concentration in Jazz Studies (MJP)

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 50.0903

College of The Arts

http://music.arts.usf.edu/content/go/jazz/

Major Description

The Music degree is a professional degree for students who wish to pursue a career in music. Students interested in a B.M. degree may choose between concentrations in: Performance, Composition, Jazz Studies and Acoustic and Electronic Music. This degree program requires 120 credit hours of study that include private study on the student's principle instrument and participation in ensembles. Additionally, students complete music theory, history and literature sequences, and take additional coursework in their chosen concentration. Graduates from BM programs at USF find themselves in very competitive positions for graduate study and musical careers. Admission into the BM in music degree requires an audition on your major instrument.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • MUT 1111 Music Theory
  • MUT 1112 Music Theory
  • MUT 2116 Music Theory
  • MUT 2117 Music Theory
  • MUT 1241 Aural Theory
    • or MUT 1221, 1222, 2226, 2227, 1261, 1261, 2266, 2267, 1271, 1272, 2276, or 2277
  • MUT 1242 Aural Theory
    • or MUT 1221, 1222, 2226, 2227, 1261, 1261, 2266, 2267, 1271, 1272, 2276, or 2277
  • MUT 2246 Advanced Aural Theory
    • or MUT 1221, 1222, 2226, 2227, 1261, 1261, 2266, 2267, 1271, 1272, 2276, or 2277
  • MUT 2247 Advanced Aural Theory
    • or MUT 1221, 1222, 2226, 2227, 1261, 1261, 2266, 2267, 1271, 1272, 2276, or 2277
  • MUN XXXX Chamber Music Ensemble, 4 semester hours
  • MVX 1X1X Secondary Applied Music Courses
    • 2-4 semester hours
  • MVX 2X2X Secondary Applied Music Courses
    • 2-4 semester hours
  • Secondary Piano Proficiency by Examination
    • or MVK 1111, 1112, and 2122
    • or MVK 1111r, 1112r, 2121r, and 2121r
    • or MVK 1211 and 2221

Total Major Hours: 78 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 76 Hours

  • Music Theory (16 credit hours):
  • Music History (11 credit hours):
    • MUH 3300 Music History/Medieval and Renaissance
    • MUH 3301 Music History/Baroque and Classical
    • MUH 3302 Music History/Romantic and 20th Century
    • MUH 4801 History of Jazz
  • Conducting (2 credit hours):
  • Senior Seminar (1 credit hours):
  • Recital Attendance (0 credit hours):
  • Ensemble (minimum 8 credit hours):
    • Performance - All students enrolled in Applied Music for two (2) or three (3) credit hours are required to enroll in a Major Ensemble appropriate for their performing medium. A list of approved major ensembles is provided on the Music advising website.
  • Jazz Studies Concentration (minimum 38 credit hours):
    • Applied music (studio major) through the 4000 level (24 credit hours)
    • MUT 2641 Jazz Theory and Improvisation I
    • MUT 2642 Jazz Theory and Improvisation II
    • MUT 3663 Advanced Jazz Improvisation I
    • MUT 3664 Advanced Jazz Improvisation I and II
    • MUT 3353 Jazz Composition and Arranging I
    • MUT 3354 Jazz Composition and Arranging II

Concentration Elective Courses - 2 Hours

MVJ 2110 Jazz Keyboard Skills (2 credit hours). May be satisfied by proficiency test or by course.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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