The Bachelor of Music with a major in Jazz Studies provides students a foundation in both traditional and innovative approaches to development as a jazz artist or composer. Courses in jazz history, theory, improvisation, and composition are combined with solo performance, small ensemble and large ensemble experiences. The curriculum culminates in a four-semester sequence of research-based seminars that investigate the performance techniques and historical development of jazz. In consultation with the program director, students select additional coursework from a broad range of disciplines in the arts and sciences.

Bachelor of Music Major in Jazz Studies Performance

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in jazz studies.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars.  

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Major Area
MUJZ 171Jazz Applied I (Must take 4 units of coursework)1-2
MUJZ 172Jazz Applied II (Must take 4 units of coursework)1-2
MUJZ 173Jazz Applied III (Must take 4 units of coursework)1-2
MUJZ 174Jazz Applied IV (Must take 4 units of coursework)1-2
8 units of the following: *8
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Combo
MUJZ 010Jazz Piano I1
MUJZ 011Jazz Piano II1
MUJZ 020Jazz Theory and Aural Training3
MUJZ 025Jazz Harmony3
MUJZ 030Jazz Improvisation I2
MUJZ 031Jazz Improvisation II2
MUJZ 110Jazz Arranging and Composition3
MUJZ 111Jazz Composition for the Large Ensemble3
MUJZ 130Advanced Improvisation2
MUJZ 131Advanced Improvisation II2
MUJZ 140Jazz Pedagogy2
Junior Jazz Recital0
Senior Jazz Recital0
Supportive Courses in Music
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
One Course MHIS 150 or above to be determined with consultation with advisor
MMGT 081AHow to Run and Independent Record Label I3
MMGT 106Sound Recording Fundamentals3
MUJZ 158Advanced History of Jazz3
Electives
Electives16

Jazz Studies majors participate in a third year research lecture demonstration linked to the research component of Jazz Seminar and Perspectives I or II. This open forum demonstration is completed in the Fall or Spring semester of the third year of study and is completed while enrolled in either course.

Bachelor of Music Major in Jazz Studies Composition

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in jazz studies.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars.  

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Major Requirements

Major Area
MUJZ 171Jazz Applied I (Must take 4 units of coursework)1-2
MUJZ 172Jazz Applied II (Must take 4 units of coursework)1-2
MUJZ 173Jazz Applied III (Must take 4 units of coursework)1-2
MUJZ 174Jazz Applied IV (Must take 4 units of coursework)1-2
MUJZ 010Jazz Piano I1
MUJZ 011Jazz Piano II1
MUJZ 020Jazz Theory and Aural Training3
MUJZ 025Jazz Harmony3
MUJZ 030Jazz Improvisation I2
MUJZ 031Jazz Improvisation II2
MUJZ 110Jazz Arranging and Composition3
MUJZ 111Jazz Composition for the Large Ensemble3
MUJZ 140Jazz Pedagogy2
MUJZ 158Advanced History of Jazz3
MUJZ 180Applied Jazz Composition (Must take 8 units of coursework)2
Junior Recital
Senior Recital
Supportive Courses in Music
MCOM 032Diatonic Harmony3
MCOM 042Musicianship I1
MCOM 033Chromatic Harmony3
MCOM 043Musicianship II1
MCOM 014Introduction to Orchestration2
MCOM 034Advanced Chromaticism and Analysis3
MCOM 044Musicianship III1
MCOM 009Introduction to Music Technology1
MPER 066Jazz Ensemble (Must take 8 units of coursework)1
MPER 054Dean's Seminar1
MHIS 011Survey of Music History I3
MHIS 012Survey of Music History II3
One Course MHIS 150 or above to be determined with consultation with advisor
MMGT 081AHow to Run and Independent Record Label I3
MMGT 106Sound Recording Fundamentals3
Electives
Non-Music Electives7

Jazz Studies majors participate in a third year research lecture demonstration linked to the research component of Jazz Seminar and Perspectives I or II. This open forum demonstration is completed in the Fall or Spring semester of the third year of study and is completed while enrolled in either course.

Facility

Recognize, identify, and demonstrate analytical and performance facility in major jazz idioms.

Improvisation

Integrate theoretical understanding of harmony, melody, form, structure, and chord/scale relationships with performance and fluency in the jazz language.

Composition/Arranging

Create original compositions and develop experience arranging original and standard literature for small groups and big bands.

Knowledge

Knowledge of Jazz history and literature—Incorporate knowledge of jazz history and literature, as well as the cultural sources and influences of jazz into analysis, composition/arranging, and performance.