Admission into second bachelor's degree status in Jazz Studies is possible only in one of two strictly defined situations.
Master's and doctoral students who wish to study Jazz Studies as a related field must audition with a jazz studies faculty member before enrolling in courses. This is a catalog requirement.
In the audition, the student must meet the level of the degree that they are working towards. In other words, a master's student must meet the entering level of the M.M. in Jazz Studies, and a doctoral student must meet the entering level of the DMA in Performance with a major in Jazz Studies.
Jazz studies professors may have more specific requirements for this audition.
Prerequisites and Eligibility
A degree recital is required of all candidates for the Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree. Once you have met the prequisites, you may enroll in MUJS 5535 with the permission of the professor who supervises your track. If you are in the performance track, this is your applied lesson professor. For the composition track, this is Richard DeRosa. For the pedagogy track, this is Mike Steinel.
1. Apply to and be accepted by the University through Toulouse Graduate School (http://www.tsgs.unt.edu/).
2. Apply to the College of Music (http://music.unt.edu/prospective-students)
3. Be admitted by the Jazz Studies Division, which is part of the College of Music admission process.
4. Complete courses as needed to remove undergraduate deficiencies.
5. Validate course work and skills by examination and/or performance.
Jazz Studies Major – (Voice) Upper Division Examination (UDE)
(effective Spring 2013)
All undergraduate Jazz Studies (Voice) majors and concentrations must pass the Upper Divisional Exam (UDE) before advancing to the 3000 level of voice study. The UDE assessment takes place during finals week no later than the fourth semester of study. Transfer students may be assessed in an earlier semester at the discretion of their teachers, but not earlier than the fourth semester of study overall and not later than their fourth semester at UNT.
Please be aware that new requirements exist for the recital for those students who are taking it as a Capstone course. Please consult your academic advisor.
Vocal Jazz Placement Examination
Singers are accepted into the vocal jazz degree program at one of two levels, on the basis of a live audition. This Placement Exam may be concurrent to the UNT Jazz Singers audition, or specially scheduled by appointment with appropriate faculty. See Vocal Jazz Auditions online through the jazz website.
Major study begins in the freshman year with MUJS 1131/1132 (Jazz Performance
Fundamentals), MUJS 1360/1370 (Jazz Fundamentals), and MUJS 1470 (Introduction to Jazz Recordings). Four semesters of Vocal Jazz Techniques begin in the sophomore year, following the Vocal Jazz Placement Exam. Applied voice lessons begin with traditional study in the classical style. After four semesters of traditional study, the vocal jazz major may attempt the UNT Applied Voice Proficiency Exam and be eligible to sign up for Vocal Jazz Applied lessons.