BMus in Jazz Studies

Degree Requirements—Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

To earn a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. An audition is also required to enter the Jazz Studies major. The School of Theatre & Music degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section of the Undergraduate Catalog for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
General Education Requirements24
Major Course Requirements95-97
Electives0-2
CC 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only) a1
Total Hours121-122
a

122 semester hours is required of new freshmen only. New freshmen are required to complete CC 120 for 1 hour.

General Education Requirements

Required Courses a
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Analyzing the Natural World course b3-5
Understanding the Individual and Society course b3
Understanding the Past course b3
Understanding U.S. Society course b3
Additional General Education Core courses from any categories b,c4-6
Total Hours24
a

The Understanding the Creative Arts and Exploring World Cultures General Education requirements are met by courses within the major.

b

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.

c

Students take two additional courses from any General Education categories for a total of 4–6 hours to reach the required 24 hours in the General Education Core. 

Jazz Studies Major Course Requirements

For the Jazz Studies Major, 95–97 semester hours distributed as follows:

Required Courses
MUS 101Music Theory I3
MUS 102Music Theory II3
MUS 103Ear Training I1
MUS 104Ear Training II1
MUS 110Convocation/Recital a0
MUS 201Theory of Music III3
MUS 202Theory of Music IV3
MUS 203Ear Training III1
MUS 204Ear Training IV1
MUS 170Keyboard Skills I2
MUS 171Keyboard Skills II2
MUS 270Keyboard Skills III2
MUS 271Keyboard Skills IV2
MUS 230Music History I3
MUS 231Music History II3
MUS 232Music History III3
MUS 301Analytic Techniques3
MUS 114Jazz History b,h3
MUS 120Jazz Improvisation I3
MUS 227Music Cultures of the World b,c3
MUS 111Master Class in Performance d0
MUS 220Jazz Aesthetics3
MUS 221Jazz Improvisation II3
MUS 222Music Notation and Copying2
MUS 310Jazz Theory and Keyboard I3
MUS 311Jazz Theory and Keyboard II3
MUS 306Orchestration and Arranging I3
MUS 312Jazz Arranging I3
Ensemble Requirement: Jazz Majors must be enrolled in a minimum of one ensemble during every term in which they are a major, distributed as follows: j6-8
Small Jazz Ensemble (for at least two semesters) g
Select one of the following for at least two semesters:
Vocal Jazz Ensemble g
Jazz Ensemble g
Select one of the following for two semesters:
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Small Jazz Ensemble
Select any ensemble, excluding MUS 156, for two semesters
Select one of the following music electives:3
Art Song b
Opera b
Music for Symphony Orchestra b
Music for the Piano b
Music, Gender and Culture b,i
Select one of the following music electives:3
Composition I
Composition II
Conducting
Orchestration and Arranging II
Jazz Arranging II
Select 12 hours of the following:12
Private Instrumental Lessons e
Private Voice Lessons e
Select 6 hours of the following:6
Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons f
Advanced Private Voice Lessons f
Total Hours95-97
a

Students must register for MUS 110 for four terms.

b

This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

c

This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.

d

Students must register for MUS 111 for four terms and perform in one master class in two of those terms.

e

Students must register for MUS 180 or MUS 182 for at least six terms. Both courses require juries or half-recitals; a minimum grade of B is required to remain in the major.

f

Students must register for MUS 280 or MUS 282 for two terms. Both courses require one jury and one full recital. A minimum grade of B in the first term is required to remain in the major.

g

MUS 150 is required for singers; MUS 159 is required for instrumentalists. Students must enroll for a total of 6 hours in a combination of MUS 150/ MUS 160 (for singers) or MUS 159/ MUS 160 (for instrumentalists). A minimum of two hours is required in any one of these courses.

h

This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category. Students who apply MUS 114 to the Understanding the Past category need to fulfill the Understanding the Creative Arts category with another course.

i

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society category. Students who apply MUS 240 to the Understanding the Individual and Society category need to fulfill the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category with another course.

j

Total ensemble hour requirement will be determined by the number of semesters enrolled in the major.

Electives

Electives
Electives to reach total hours0-2
Total Hours0-2

UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar

Required Course
CC 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only)1
Total Hours1

Sample Course Schedule—Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
Fall SemesterHours
MUS 101 Music Theory I 3
MUS 103 Ear Training I 1
MUS 110 Convocation/Recital 0
MUS 170 Keyboard Skills I 2
MUS 180
Private Instrumental Lessons
or Private Voice Lessons
2
MUS 160 Small Jazz Ensemble 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education Core course 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
MUS 102 Music Theory II 3
MUS 104 Ear Training II 1
MUS 110 Convocation/Recital 0
MUS 160 Small Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 171 Keyboard Skills II 2
MUS 180
Private Instrumental Lessons
or Private Voice Lessons
2
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
General Education Core course 3
CC 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only) 1
 Hours15-16
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
MUS 120 Jazz Improvisation I 3
MUS 180
Private Instrumental Lessons
or Private Voice Lessons
2
MUS 110 Convocation/Recital 0
MUS 150
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
or Jazz Ensemble
1
MUS 201 Theory of Music III 3
MUS 203 Ear Training III 1
MUS 270 Keyboard Skills III 2
General Education Core course 5
 Hours17
Spring Semester
MUS 114 Jazz History 3
MUS 180
Private Instrumental Lessons
or Private Voice Lessons
2
MUS 110 Convocation/Recital 0
MUS 202 Theory of Music IV 3
MUS 204 Ear Training IV 1
MUS 222 Music Notation and Copying 2
MUS 271 Keyboard Skills IV 2
MUS 230 Music History I 3
MUS 150
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
or Jazz Ensemble
1
 Hours17
Junior Year
Fall Semester
MUS 111 Master Class in Performance 0
MUS 180
Private Instrumental Lessons
or Private Voice Lessons
2
MUS 231 Music History II 3
MUS 306 Orchestration and Arranging I 3
MUS 310 Jazz Theory and Keyboard I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Art Song  
Opera  
Music for Symphony Orchestra  
Music for the Piano  
Music, Gender and Culture  
Select one of the following: 1
Vocal Jazz Ensemble  
Jazz Ensemble  
Small Jazz Ensemble  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
MUS 111 Master Class in Performance 0
MUS 180
Private Instrumental Lessons
or Private Voice Lessons
2
MUS 221 Jazz Improvisation II 3
MUS 232 Music History III 3
MUS 301 Analytic Techniques 3
MUS 312 Jazz Arranging I 3
Select one of the following: 1
Vocal Jazz Ensemble  
Jazz Ensemble  
Small Jazz Ensemble  
 Hours15
Senior Year
Fall Semester
MUS 111 Master Class in Performance 0
MUS 220 Jazz Aesthetics 3
MUS 280
Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons
or Advanced Private Voice Lessons
3
Ensemble  
Select one of the following: 1
Vocal Jazz Ensemble  
Concert Band  
Instrumental Ensembles  
University Choir  
Chamber Choir  
Women's Choral Ensemble  
String Ensemble  
Jazz Ensemble  
Small Jazz Ensemble  
Composition I or II, Conducting, Orchestration II or Jazz Arranging II  
Select one of the following: 3
Composition I  
Composition II  
Conducting  
Orchestration and Arranging II  
Jazz Arranging II  
General Education Core course 4
 Hours14
Spring Semester
MUS 111 Master Class in Performance 0
MUS 280
Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons
or Advanced Private Voice Lessons
3
MUS 311 Jazz Theory and Keyboard II 3
MUS 227 Music Cultures of the World 3
Ensemble  
Select one of the following: 1
Vocal Jazz Ensemble  
Concert Band  
Instrumental Ensembles  
University Choir  
Chamber Choir  
Women's Choral Ensemble  
String Ensemble  
Jazz Ensemble  
Small Jazz Ensemble  
General Education Core course 3
 Hours13
 Total Hours121-122