Master of Music – Jazz Studies and Arranging (MM)

Degree Offered: Master of Music

Concentration: Jazz Studies and Arranging

Campus Location: Main Campus

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Program Description:

The jazz studies concentration offers a high-level experience in a small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools.

Program Features

Over 20 ensembles perform each semester-duos, trios, quintets, sextets, Big Band, Latin Band, Repertory Band, Vocal Workshop, Vocal Lab. Focus on improvisation, as well as repertoire, group performance techniques.

WP Jazz Faculty - Veteran New York musicians with international reputations as performers, recording artists, arrangers and conductors in residence-accessible and dedicated to teaching.

Small Jazz Program Size - Twenty graduate students are given many opportunities for one-on-one interaction.

Performance Opportunities - Jazz majors perform in four weekly ensemble rehearsals. Student groups are featured as opening for professional jazz artists on William Paterson's renowned Jazz Room Concert Series, on the University's Midday Recital Series, in the annual Willowbrook Jazz Festival, and in a number of area jazz clubs.

Dialogue Days - Small jazz group showcase performances followed by critiques from faculty and fellow students Private Instrument/Vocal Study for all jazz majors with William Paterson's respected resident and adjunct faculty. Challenging Full-Course Sequences in Improvisation, Ear Training, Jazz History and Analysis, Small Group and Big Band Arranging, Piano, Comprehensive Musicianship.

mapAdmission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Completed SlideRoom application.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Jazz arranging track majors

  • A portfolio must contain a minimum of three scores with recording (CD or tape).
  • One selection must feature a large ensemble.
  • If possible, a cross-representation of styles, tempos, and instrumentation should be included.
  • In addition to jazz pieces, works in other styles may be submitted. Please exclude extended improvisation sections.

Program Requirements

  • 36 credits of graduate study.
  • One-hour recital.
  • Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination, which carries no course credit and is required of all students.
  • Final Project.

MM Jazz Studies: Arranging Concentration (36 credits)

Arranging Concentration

  • Arranging Lessons 12
  • Ensembles (one per semester) 4
  • Research Techniques 3
  • Transcription and Analysis 3
  • Music for the Media 3
  • Jazz Pedagogy 3
  • Topics in Jazz History 2
  • Advanced Jazz Ear Training 2
  • Entrepreneurship for the Jazz Musician 2
  • Topics in Arranging 2
  • Arranging Recital 0

Composition and Arranging Track 36 credits First Year – Fall semester 9 credits

  • MUSP 5900 Arranging Lessons 3
  • MUSP 5410 Chamber Jazz Ensemble 1
  • MUSI 5750 Transcription and Analysis 3
  • MUSI 5740 Advanced Jazz Ear Training 2
  • First Year – Spring semester 9 credits
  • MUSP 5910 Arranging Lessons 3
  • MUSP 5420 Chamber Jazz Ensemble 1
  • MUSI 5300 Research Techniques 3
  • MUSI 6780 Topics in Jazz History 2

Second Year – Fall semester 9 credits

  • MUSP 6900 Arranging Lessons 3
  • MUSP 6410 Chamber Jazz Ensemble 1
  • MUSI 6680 Composing for the Media 3
  • MUSI 6770 Topics in Jazz Arranging 2

Second Year – Spring semester 9 credits

  • MUSP 6910 Arranging Lessons 3
  • MUSP 6420 Chamber Jazz Ensemble 1
  • MUSI 6700 Pedagogy of Jazz 3
  • MUSI 6710 Entrepreneurship for the Jazz Musician 2
  • MUSP 6010 Arranging Recital 0

College of Arts and Communication Music Courses

  • MUS 5610 Research Techniques 3
  • MUS 5580 Music Technology 3
  • MUS 5900 Graduate Seminar 3
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18,856 USD
Tuition : U.S. $ 18,856, Room and Board: U.S. $ 10,920, Books and Supplies: U.S. $ 1,600, Transportation: U.S. $ 890, Miscellaneous: U.S. $ 2,250 ,TOTAL U.S. $ 34,516 ( New jersey residents tuition - $12,114.00 per year )
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