Jazz Studies

Master of Music

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Jazz Studies, M.M. Master of Music

    • Major Studies
    • Performance Ensembles
      • 2 credits
        PFENS J511-2 — Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
        2 credits Full Year James Burton

        Performance of the big-band repertoire from the early works of jazz to newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, venues around the greater New York area, as well as an annual tour.

      • 4 credits
        PFENS J521-2 — Jazz Ensemble
        4 credits Full Year Faculty

        Performance of the repertoire of small jazz ensembles from early New Orleans music to the present, including newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard and venues in Utah, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

    • Departmental Requirements
      • 1 credit per term
        JZMUS 500 — Creative Ideas
        1 credit per term Full Year Faculty and Guests

        A departmental practicum where students gain experience in performance, presentation, and professional development through studio classes, lectures, and master classes with guest artists and Juilliard Jazz faculty. Attendance required of all Jazz majors.

      • 2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students
        JZMUS 510 — Jazz Business I
        2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students Fall Faculty

        This course provides a comprehensive survey of the functional business areas in jazz including production, marketing, finance, development, touring, and education. The class is team-taught by key administrative staff from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

      • 2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students
        JZMUS 511 — Jazz Business II
        2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: JZMUS 510. This course builds upon the conceptual foundation provided in the fall course and moves to project-based assignments where students engage with the key challenges of managing a jazz ensemble or organization, including marketing, interdisciplinary collaboration, production, and funding models. The class is team-taught by key administrative staff from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

      • 4 credits
        JZMUS 543-4 — Advanced Jazz Improvisation
        4 credits Fall/Spring Faculty

        This course focuses on the development of improvisational reflexes through listening and performance, reinforced by discussions oncore recordings and the artist's approach to developing solos. Assignments may incorporate odd meter and phrase lengths, and African and East Asian rhythmic concepts. The course will help develop the skill of listening, as well as develop a strong call and response reflex, which are keys to success in live improvisational performance.

    • Graduate Courses
      • 4 credits
        GRMUS J611-2 — Advanced Jazz Composition and Arranging
        4 credits Full Year Andy Farber

        Jazz composition and arranging for the instruments of the symphony orchestra, thus expanding the scope of writing beyond the traditional jazz band. This gives students the opportunity to explore beyond what is considered to be strictly jazz, and allows for a greater palette of expression with regard to style and orchestration. There will be six recording projects, ranging from chamber brass, woodwind quintet, larger brass and woodwind sections mixed, string quartet, and a studio orchestra that includes harp. All projects may utilize a rhythm section as desired.

    Total Credits 1st Year: 28

    • Major Studies
    • Performance Ensembles
      • 2 credits
        PFENS J511-2 — Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
        2 credits Full Year James Burton

        Performance of the big-band repertoire from the early works of jazz to newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, venues around the greater New York area, as well as an annual tour.

      • 4 credits
        PFENS J521-2 — Jazz Ensemble
        4 credits Full Year Faculty

        Performance of the repertoire of small jazz ensembles from early New Orleans music to the present, including newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard and venues in Utah, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

    • Departmental Requirements
      • 1 credit per term
        JZMUS 500 — Creative Ideas
        1 credit per term Full Year Faculty and Guests

        A departmental practicum where students gain experience in performance, presentation, and professional development through studio classes, lectures, and master classes with guest artists and Juilliard Jazz faculty. Attendance required of all Jazz majors.

    • Graduate Courses

    Total Credits 2nd Year: 27

    • Drummers and Saxophone students are required to take doubles classes (JZMUS R001, JZMUS R002 ) in addition to major lessons.

      *Creative Ideas (JZMUS 500). Graduate students are required to attend this course for 3 semesters for a total of 3 credits.

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