Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Musical Arts program in Jazz Composition is to facilitate advanced composers/arrangers in developing their unique voice in jazz composition and to guide them in their continuing music career. With an emphasis on compositional originality, the Jazz Composition Program intends to provide students with opportunities for advanced study in jazz composition and orchestration to develop the jazz composition skills beyond that developed in their undergraduate and master's programs.

The program objectives are to:

  • Identify, recruit, and retain high quality students who are seeking to develop their jazz and studio writing skills beyond that developed in their undergraduate and master's programs;
  • Evaluate, revise, and develop curricular offerings to continue to meet the challenges facing professional musicians today;
  • Maintain, present, and develop performance and outreach programs that will enable the jazz department to serve as a cultural resource in South Florida;
  • Provide a creative, challenging, and nurturing educational experience that respects jazz tradition, reflects current professional trends, fosters innovation, and stimulates growth among students and faculty alike.

Curriculum Requirements

Performance Courses
Applied Jazz Composition and Jazz Arranging Lessons14
Creative Activities
MED 702DMA Essay Proposal1
MSJ 831Doctoral Essay11
Jazz Courses
MSJ 644Jazz Pedagogy and Administration3
MSJ 720Analysis of Jazz Styles3
MED 790Teaching Music in College1
Jazz Elective3
Allied Music Courses
MCY 628Music Bibliography3
MTC 717Analytical Techniques (or other MTC course)3
MED 662Psychology of Music I3
Musicology/Music Theory Elective3
Cognate/Electives
Select 12 credit hours of Cognate/Electives12
Total Credit Hours60