Jazz Studies majors whose Graduate Recital will focus primarily on jazz arranging and composition must pass the Graduate Arranging Proficiency Examination (GAPE) before negotiating the recital procedures with the degree advisor. The GAPE will take place each semester during finals week, and will be reviewed by appropriate jazz faculty.
The candidate must document two or more semesters of activity as a performed composer/arranger, and submit scores (and performance tapes) of recent work that clearly demonstrates an ability to compose and arrange in the jazz idiom at a level appropriate for the Graduate Recital.
Students interested in the GAPE should make a declaration of intent to the Graduate Advisor when they are admitted to the program. The GAPE may be attempted only once in any long semester.