University of the Arts Jazz

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MM in Jazz Studies

Open to a small and highly advanced group of students who have an undergraduate degree in jazz studies or an undergraduate degree in music with significant experience in jazz and contemporary music, or the equivalent thereof, the program — while providing a solid foundation in contemporary music — encourages a primary focus on individual career goals.

Deep roots in three decades of jazz education and a unique curriculum
The Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree program carefully balances aesthetic goals and a pragmatic approach to vocational responsibility in the context of this American music idiom.

The curriculum includes advanced private instruction in the major area to develop professional-level artistry and skills; hands-on internships; ensemble performances; arranging, composing, transcribing and analyzing jazz and contemporary music; study of MIDI and music technology; music journalism; jazz pedagogy; and a final thesis / project / recital that integrates in-depth research on a topic of special relevance with personal musical growth, culminating in a public performance.

For more information contact Don Glanden, Head of Graduate Jazz Studies, at wglanden@uarts.edu

Contacts

Don Glanden \ wglanden@uarts.edu \ 215.717.6353
Program Director

University of the Arts Jazz

Description

The Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree has its roots in three decades of University of the Arts leadership in the field of jazz education, carefully balancing goals and a pragmatic approach to vocational responsibility in the context of this American music idiom. Open to a small and highly advanced group of students who have an undergraduate degree in jazz studies, or an undergraduate degree in music with significant experience in jazz and contemporary music, the program’s primary focus is on encouraging individual career goals while providing a solid foundation in contemporary music.

Graduates of the Master of Music in Jazz Studies program demonstrate excellence as performers, composers, and improvisers with a deep understanding of the jazz idiom and the improvisatory process that form the curricular foundation of the program. Graduates demonstrate a high level of scholarship and are effective communicators, trained in advanced pedagogical approaches, research techniques, analytical methodologies, and music journalism. They contribute to the public discourse in their field. Graduates are independent critical thinkers able to synthesize multiple stylistic influences, pedagogical perspectives, current technologies, and a high level of craft as they pursue a personal artistic vision and musical identity.