Master of Music – Jazz Studies and Performance (MM)

Degree Offered: Master of Music

Concentration: Jazz Studies & Performance

Campus Location: Main Campus

Application Deadline: February 1 (Fall admission only) img 1

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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 the areas of 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.

Admission 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 performance track majors

An audition CD or tape following these requirements:

  • The taped performance should demonstrate the ability to play within a group and strengths as a soloist. Perform a minimum of three tunes:
    • One up-tempo tune such as "Cherokee," "Ornithology," "It Could Happen To You," "Just Friends," or a similar selection.
    • One ballad such as "Body and Soul," "In a Sentimental Mood," "I Can't Get Started," or a similar selection.
    • One medium-tempo tune such as "All the Things You Are," "Out of Nowhere," "Have You Met Miss Jones?" or a similar selection.

At least one chorus within the presentation of each tune should be performed unaccompanied. map

Special Audition Notes

  • Piano, guitar, and mallet instruments: Performance should demonstrate the ability to accompany, as well as to solo. One of the required selections must be performed unaccompanied.
  • Drum set: Performance should demonstrate the ability to use brushes as well as sticks, and to play through the head of the up-tune unaccompanied, outlining rhythmic structure of the melody.
  • Bass: Performance should demonstrate the ability to construct a walking bass line and should showcase strengths as an improviser. Acoustic bassists should demonstrate the use of the bow.
  • Vocalists: If currently studying voice, include a sample of vocalization at the beginning of the tape. Performance should demonstrate the ability to scat, as well as an understanding of the lyric.

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.

Master of Music (Jazz Studies & Performance concentration, 36 Credits)

Arranging Concentration

  • Applied Lessons 12
  • Ensembles (one per semester) 4
  • Research Techniques 3
  • Transcription and Analysis 3
  • Graduate Seminar 3
  • Jazz Pedagogy 3
  • Topics in Jazz History 2
  • Advanced Jazz Ear Training 2
  • Entrepreneurship in the Music and Ent. Industry 2
  • Performance Practice 2
  • Masters Thesis or Tribute Recital 0
  • Performance Recital 0

Composition and Arranging Performance Track 36 credits

First Year – Fall semester 9 credits

  • MUSP 5940 Applied 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 5950 Applied 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 6950 Applied Lessons 3
  • MUSP 6410 Chamber Jazz Ensemble 1
  • MUSI 6300 Graduate Seminar 3
  • MUSI 6760 Performance Practice 2

Second Year – Spring semester 9 credits

  • MUSP 6950 Applied Lessons 3
  • MUSP 6420 Chamber Jazz Ensemble 1
  • MUSI 6700 Pedagogy of Jazz 3
  • MUSI 6400 Entrepreneurship in the Mus and Ent. Industry 2
  • MUSI 6910 Master's Thesis or MUSI 6020 Tribute Recital 0img 2
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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
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