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Music and Dance

BM - Music, Concentration in Jazz Studies

The B.M. concentration in Jazz Studies is a degree tailored for the student intent on pursuing an active career as a professional jazz musician. Emphasis is placed on jazz improvisation, jazz performance styles, jazz arranging/composition, and jazz pedagogy. Students receive in-depth private instruction, and there are numerous opportunities for live performances. Students are expected to complete a senior project in addition to the regular course of study. A grade of C- or better is required in all music courses.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements39
Of the 51 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major9-12
MUSC 019. Music in World CulturesC13
MUSC 100W. Written Communication IIZ3
MUSC 120. Worlds of JazzS3
Students must also satisfy piano proficiency; this requirement may be satisfied with completion of MUSC 025A, MUSC 025B, and MUSC 025C0-3
Requirement of the Major67
Core Courses46
MUSC 001A. Music Systems IA2
MUSC 001B. Music Systems IB1
MUSC 002A. Music Systems IIA2
MUSC 002B. Music Systems IIB1
MUSC 003A. Music Systems IIIA2
MUSC 003B. Music Systems IIIB1
MUSC 004A. Music Systems IVA2
MUSC 004B. Music Systems IVB1
MUSC 006. Jazz Theory2
MUSC 012. Medieval and Renaissance Music3
MUSC 013. Music Technology1
MUSC 027A. Fundamentals of Jazz Keyboard I1
MUSC 027B. Fundamentals of Jazz Keyboard II1
MUSC 040A. Jazz Improvisation - I2
MUSC 110. Baroque and Classical Music History3
MUSC 111. Romantic and Modern Music History3
MUSC 148A. Improvisational Traditions of the World - Africa and Diaspora2
Complete four units from:
MUSC 030. Piano1-2
MUSC 033. Voice1-2
MUSC 034. Strings1-2
MUSC 035. Woodwinds1-2
MUSC 036. Brass1-2
MUSC 036A. Vocal-Instrumental Improvisation1
MUSC 037. Percussion1-2
MUSC 038A. Composition/Arranging - Improvised Music1
Complete four units from:
MUSC 050A. ENS: Concert Choir1
MUSC 051. ENS: University Chorales1
MUSC 053. ENS: University Symphony Orchestra1
MUSC 054. ENS: Symphonic Band1
MUSC 057. ENS: Jazz Orchestra1
MUSC 059. ENS: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble1
MUSC 060F. ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles1
Complete four units from:
MUSC 150A. ENS: Concert Choir1
MUSC 153. ENS: Unviersity Symphony Orchestra1
MUSC 154. ENS: Symphonic Band1
MUSC 157. ENS: Jazz Orchestra1
MUSC 159. ENS: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble1
MUSC 160F. ENS: Small Jazz Ensembles1
Complete four units from:
MUSC 130. Piano1-2
MUSC 133. Voice1-2
MUSC 134. Strings1-2
MUSC 135. Woodwinds1-2
MUSC 136. Brass1-2
MUSC 136A. Vocal-Instrumental Improvisation1
MUSC 137. Percussion1-2
MUSC 138A. Composition/Arranging - Improvised Music1
Jazz Studies Concentration21
MUSC 102. Orchestration3
MUSC 104. Counterpoint3
MUSC 106A. Jazz Arranging I2
MUSC 106B. Jazz Arranging II2
MUSC 140B. Jazz Improvisation-II2
MUSC 140C. Jazz Improvisation-III2
MUSC 170A. Fundamentals of Sound Recording3
MUSC 182. Senior Project1
Complete one course from:
MUSC 167. Electro-Acoustic Music I3
MUSC 170B. Intermediate Sound Recording3
University Electives9-12

Total Units:132