Music, Jazz Studies Specialization, M.M.
Joseph Morgan, Program Director
The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires
- an earned bachelor's degree in Music from an accredited university or college;
- an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00).
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
- submit three letters of recommendation.
Additionally, those seeking a specialization in jazz studies must complete an audition. Applicants who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to be admitted with probationary status for one semester and must register for MUAP 5020 - Private Instruction. They must re-audition at the end of their first semester of study. Students who do not pass the audition on their second attempt will be excused from the program.
The Master of Music degree in Music with a specialization in jazz studies requires completion of a minimum of 32 semester hours.
- complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
- successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student's last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once.
Additionally, those with a specialization in jazz studies must establish proficiencies in music history and music theory*.
*NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history will be scheduled during the first week of the first semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Additional courses may be required to satisfy these proficiency requirements.
Curriculum: Music, Jazz Studies
The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.
Core Courses (9 hours)
MUS 6620 - Bibliography and Research
Survey of bibliography and problems and methods of research. Analysis and evaluation of research in the arts.
MUTH 6050 - Analytical Techniques
Prerequisite: MUTH 5010 or permission of instructor. Skills and procedures of musical analysis as they apply to all periods through analysis of representative compositions. Evaluation of work from all standpoints: craftsmanship, expression, and stylistic correctness.
MUS 6630 - Music Seminar
Prerequisite: MUS 6620. Study and research of a topic in music determined by the instructor.
Specialization Courses (14 hours)
- MUAP 668_ - Private Instruction, 3 credit hours
- MUAP 669_ - Private Instruction, 3 credit hours
- MUAP 670_ - Private Instruction, 3 credit hours
MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital
Prerequisites: Completion of MUAP 6682 for the collaborative piano specializations; MUS 6030, MUS 6060, and MUAP 6709 for the conducting specialization; the appropriate courses from among MUAP 6681-MUAP 6688, MUAP 6691-MUAP 6698, and MUAP 6701-MUAP 6708 for the jazz studies and performance specializations; MUAP 6140, MUAP 6150, and MUAP 6160 for the music composition and music composition for contemporary media specializations; and permission of the appropriate music faculty in all specializations. One-hour private lesson per week in the selected performance field and recital preparation until recital completed. Those specializing in collaborative piano may take course three times.
- Two ensembles (Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Combo) 1 credit hour each, 2 credit hours
Guided Electives (9 hours)
Three courses to be selected from the following:
MUHL 5530 - History of Jazz
Study of the history and literature of jazz music including African roots, developments, and aspects of style periods, and the contemporary state of jazz. Listening and analysis.
MUPD 6330 - Jazz Pedagogy and Program Administration
In-depth study of materials and techniques for teaching jazz at the high school and college level. Rehearsal techniques and identification of and solutions to performance problems. Study of the development and implementation of a successful jazz studies program including educational jazz festival administration.
MUTH 5280 - Advanced Jazz Arranging
Prerequisite: MUTH 4170. Advanced analysis and arranging for various combinations of instruments and voice for small and large jazz ensembles. Periods, performance practices, stylistic features, and artists.
MUTH 6060 - Advanced Improvisation
Explores the art of improvisation. Emphasis on advanced harmonic and melodic principles and on the development of a personal style. Listening and analysis of solos by great jazz artists and in-class performances of student projects and improvisations.
Proficiency Courses Determined by Placement Examination (0-6 hours)
Either or both of these courses may be required based on the results of the student's diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory:
MUTH 5010 - Theory Survey
A review of musicianship skills and knowledge of musical theory to the degree necessary for the candidate to pursue work at the graduate level. Does not count toward the M.M. in Music. S/U grading.
MUHL 5070 - Music History Survey
1 to 3credit hours
Review of music in history and culture to degree necessary for candidate to pursue work on graduate level. Does not count toward the M.M. in Music. May count toward satisfying proficiencies for the Master of Music. S/U grading.