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Master of Music: Jazz Pedagogy

MASTER OF MUSIC: Major in Jazz Pedagogy

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Students in the MM Jazz Pedagogy Program receive individualized instruction with our jazz faculty; outstanding performance opportunities; pedagogical coursework and teaching experience with big bands and combos; extensive training in skills including jazz composition, arranging and improvisation, and rhythm section instruments; and comprehensive knowledge of music theory and analysis, and music literature. Recent students in our program have been accepted to prestigious doctoral programs, have had compositions and arrangements premiered by professional performers in the US and abroad, been featured performers on recordings, and have become leaders in jazz performance and teaching in the state of Iowa and throughout the US and beyond.

HOW TO APPLY: Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the School of Music for other application requirements.  Graduate Information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.


Graduate Music Core:

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 6100 (580:210)

Analytical Techniques I


MUS THEO 6110 (580:211)

Analytical Techniques II


Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 6220 (590:222)

Research and Writing in Music


Select one from the following:


MUS HIST 3100/5100 (590:110g)

Music History--Middle Ages and Renaissance

MUS HIST 3110/5110 (590:111g)

Music History--Baroque

MUS HIST 3120/5120 (590:112g)

Music History--Classic

MUS HIST 3140/5140 (590:114g)

Music History--Romantic

MUS HIST 3150/5150 (590:115g)

Music History--20th Century


Music Techniques:


MUS TECH 6520 (560:252)

Advanced Instrumental Jazz Improvisation **

or MUS TECH 3500/5500

Instrumental Jazz Improvisation - Theory

or MUS TECH 3530/5530

Instrumental Jazz Improvisation I

or MUS TECH 3550/5550

Instrumental Jazz Improvisation II

MUS ED 6520 (570:252)

Jazz Pedagogy

Music Theory:


MUS THEO 3270/5270 (580:127g)

Jazz Arranging I

MUS THEO 3280/5280 (580:128g)

Jazz Arranging II

MUS THEO 3320/5320 (580:132g)

Jazz Composition Class

Music, Organizations and Ensembles: *


MUS ENS 3160/5160 (530:116g)

Jazz Band (combos)


MUS TECH 6299 (560:299)



Music electives:

Select 5 hours of electives from the following:


Applied Music:

MUS APPL 3400/5400 (540:140g)


MUS APPL 3530/5530 (540:153g)

Jazz Guitar

MUS APPL 3560/5560 (540:156g)

Jazz Bass

MUS APPL 3570/5570 (540:157g)

Jazz Piano

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 3220/5220 (580:122g)

Music and Technology

Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 3600/5600 (590:160g)

Jazz History and Styles (preferred)


MUS APPL 6880 (540:288)

Graduate Recital


Total Hours




2 hrs. in jazz ensembles participation required each semester of residence.


Strongly recommended.

Additional requirements:

  1. Jazz performance recital
  2. Recital abstract
  3. Jazz bass proficiency
  4. Jazz piano proficiency
  5. Jazz drum set proficiency