The University of Oregon offers two MM degrees in Jazz Studies - one with a composition/arranging emphasis, and the other with an instrumental performance emphasis. Students pursuing the composition/arranging emphasis will take advanced courses in jazz arranging as well as individual lessons in jazz composition. Students pursuing the instrumental performance emphasis will take advanced courses in jazz repertoire and improvisation, as well as individual lessons in performance and/or jazz improvisation. Regardless of their chosen emphasis, students pursuing an MM in Jazz Studies will play in school ensembles and take courses in jazz pedagogy as well as graduate research methods.
In addition to their required coursework, all MM Jazz Studies students are required to pass a proficiency exam, complete a research project culminating in a public lecture presentation, present a recital or record an album, and pass an oral examination. Students in this program are given substantial freedom to pursue their own creative interests and to engage in research that they are passionate about. Learn more by viewing the degree requirements and/or course descriptions linked below.
Master of Music in Jazz Studies with a Concentration in Composition-Arranging
Graduates pursuing a Master of Music in Jazz Studies with a concentration in Composition-Arranging will take courses which focus in the following areas:
Master of Music in Jazz Studies with a Concentration in Instrumental Performance
Graduates pursuing a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies with a Concentration in Instrumental Performance will take courses which focus in the following areas:
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