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Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Music – Jazz Studies (Instrument or Voice)


The BM in Jazz Studies is a four-year, 132-unit program, consisting of courses in the major, including individual instruction, theory, history, ensembles, and related topics, coupled with the University’s general education and writing programs. The program culminates with a senior recital.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (16 units)

MUJZ 153-453 Individual Instruction (lessons) (eight 2-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (14 units)

MUEN 329 Jazz Ensemble (big bands and ensembles other than combo) (six 1-unit courses)
MUEN 332 Jazz Chamber Music (combo) (eight 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (34 units)

MUJZ 141ab Jazz Ensemble (big bands and ensembles other than combo) (six 1-unit courses)
MUJZ 195L Jazz Elements I (four 2-unit courses)
MUJZ 286ab The History of Jazz (two 3-unit courses)
MUJZ 305ab Advanced Jazz Theory (two 2-unit courses)
MUJZ 395L Jazz Elements II (four 2-unit courses)
MUJZ 400 Arranging for Jazz Ensemble (2 units)
MUJZ 443 Jazz Pedagogy (2 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (18 units)

MUCO 132ab Aural Skills (two 2-unit courses)
MUCO 133ab Music Theory (two 3-unit courses)
MUSC 496 Careers in Music (2 units)
Two courses from the following:
MUHL 231 Music History and Literature I (3 units)
MUHL 232 Music History and Literature II (3 units)
MUHL 331 Music History and Literature III (3 units)

General Education (32 units)

GE Cat. I-VI One course from each of six categories (six 4-unit courses)
WRIT 130/340 Writing (two 4-unit courses)

Electives (18 units)

Music or non-music courses (18 units)

Capstone Projects

Senior Recital
Comprehensive Exam

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical undergraduate credit load is 16-18 units per semester.