It's a good practice for jazz studies master's students to check this page once in a while. New questions are added and answers are revised.
1. Meet the university and College of Music requirements for graduate admission.
2. Play an audition that demonstrates technical and improvisational skill at the level of MUJS 3360. See Graduate Improvisation Entrance Exam, below.
3. Submit manuscripts (and recordings) that demonstrate arranging skill equivalent to the level of MUJS 3620. See Graduate Arranging Entrance Exam, below.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge of Jazz History by the grade of B or better in MUJS 4470 Jazz History, or by taking the Jazz History Proficiency Examination.
The Toulouse Graduate School requires each student to file a Designation of Advisory Committee Form. The form is available here. You must file this form at the time you file the degree plan. The three committee members will be the faculty who administer your comprehensive exam: your major professor (applied lesson teacher), the chair/graduate advisor, and third faculty member selected by the student.
Each student in the master's program must file a degree plan once he or she has earned 12 graduate hours towards the degree. You are invited to file it before then.
You'll need a copy of the letter or email that stated your jazz studies leveling courses assigned after the review of your transcript and the results of your GPE exams, which is in the gradebook of the GPE organization on Blackboard. If you don't have those documents, you can request copies from the Office of Graduate Studies. You'll also need to refer to your transcript.
Students are admitted into one of the three tracks (Performance, Pedagogy, Composition). Students who want to change tracks need to check with the faculty supervisor to get permission. If the request is approved, the faculty supervisor needs to let the graduate advisor know about the change in writing. If the student has already filed a degree plan using the old track, a new degree plan needs to be filed using the requirements for the new track.
Performance: applied teacher
Pedagogy: Mike Steinel
Composition: Richard DeRosa
Teaching fellowships and assistantships are awarded to qualified graduate students in Lab Bands and other areas within the Division of Jazz Studies. The application is the same form for entrance/acceptance into the College of Music.
The Jazz Studies program awards performance and arranging scholarships on a competitive basis. For complete information on scholarships visit the Jazz Studies website and the College of Music website.
Graduate students who are receiving a scholarship are required to participate in a lab.
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.