Jazz

BA/FA Curriculum for Vocalists

  • This schedule represents a suggested sample curriculum. Students’ curricula may differ, sometimes substantially, from this model, depending on transfer credits and performance on the placement tests.

    The BA and BFA degrees are granted upon completion of at least 90 credits of applied music and 90 credits of liberal arts, which includes the required Lang seminars and senior work and can also include music history or other liberal arts credits.

    Student progress is monitored on the basis of entrance evaluations, ensemble work, student juries (normally held in the second half of the sophomore year), successful completion of the core curriculum, and the normal accumulation of course credits.

    First Year
    2—Instrumental Instruction (2 semesters)
    2—Jazz Harmony and Theory I (2 semesters)
    1—Vocal Musicianship (2 semesters)
    2—Vocal Rhythm Section I (2 semesters)
    2—Ear Training I (2 semesters)
    1—Piano Proficiency (2 semesters)
    1—Sight-Reading (2 semesters)
    3—Jazz History (2 semesters)
    4—Lang writing seminars (2 semesters)
    18 credits per semester

    Second Year
    2—Instrumental Instruction (2 semesters)
    2—Vocal Rhythm Section II (2 semesters)
    2—Jazz Harmony and Theory II (2 semesters)
    1—Vocal Improvisation (2 semesters)
    1—Sight-Singing II (2 semesters)
    2—Ear Training II (2 semesters)
    8—Lang seminars (2 semesters)
    18 credits per semester

    Third Year
    2—Improvisation Ensemble (2 semesters)
    2—Instrumental Instruction (2 semesters)
    2—Fundamentals of Composition/Arranging (1 semester)
    2—Rhythmic Analysis I (2 semesters)
    10-12—Lang seminars or other liberal arts courses (2 semesters)
    18 credits per semester

    Fourth Year
    2—Improvisation Ensemble (2 semesters) 
    2—Instrumental Instruction (2 semesters)
    2—Vocal Blues Ensemble (1 semester)
    4-8—Electives (2 semesters)
    8-12—Lang seminars (2 semesters)
    18 credits per semester

    Fifth Year
    2—Improvisation Ensemble (2 semesters)
    2—Instrumental Instruction (2 semesters)
    4-8 —Electives (2 semesters)
    8-12—Lang seminars (2 semesters)
    18 credits per semester
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