The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

BFA Curriculum for Instrumentalists


Below is a sample curriculum for an incoming freshman brass player with no transfer credits who places at level IA in all core curriculum areas. Students may follow a curriculum that differs, sometimes substantially, from this one, depending on the instrument they play, their transfer status, and the results of their placement tests.

Freshman Year
2—Instrumental Instruction (2 semesters)
2—Theory I (2 semesters)
1—Theory and Performance I—Lab (2 semesters)
2—Theory and Performance I—Ensemble (2 semesters)
2—Ear Training I (2 semesters)
1—Piano Proficiency (2 semesters)
1—Sight-Reading (2 semesters)
3—Jazz History (2 semesters)
3—English (2 semesters)
17 credits per semester

Sophomore Year
2—Instrumental Instruction (2 semesters)
2—Improvisation Ensemble (2 semesters)
2—Theory II (2 semesters)
2—Theory and Performance II (2 semesters)
2—Rhythmic Analysis (2 semesters)
2—Ear Training II (2 semesters)
3—Cultural Foundations of Western Music (2 semesters)
3—Liberal Arts (2 semesters)
18 credits per semester

Junior Year
2—Improvisation Ensemble (2 semesters)
2—Instrumental Instruction (2 semesters)
2—Fundamentals of Composition/Arranging (1 semester)
3/2—World Music History or 20th-Century Music History (1 semester)
3—Liberal Arts (2 semesters)
2—Music Business (2 semesters)
2-4—Electives (2 semesters)
15–18 credits per semester

Senior Year
2—Improvisation Ensemble (2 semesters)
2—Instrumental Instruction (2 semesters)
2—Contemporary Jazz and Its Exponents (1 semester)
10-12—Electives (2 semesters)
16–18 credits per semester

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