Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Jazz Performance is to:

  • Provide the terminal degree through advanced, in-depth study in the areas of musicianship and performance practice that will support a professional performance career as a jazz artist;
  • Provide performance opportunities that integrate the skills learned in both performance and academic classes, foster creativity and research, demonstrate advanced musical techniques and a thorough understanding of historical style and performance practice;
  • Continue to develop the skills for analyzing and articulating thoughts about music in a scholarly written format;
  • Provide requisite skills to manage the non-performance aspects of a career.

Curriculum Requirements

Performance Courses
Applied Lessons6
Performance Electives (improvisation, ensembles, applied lessons) 13
Creative Activities
MED 702DMA Essay Proposal1
MSJ 832Doctoral Recital3
MSJ 831Doctoral Essay8
Jazz Courses
MSJ 644Jazz Pedagogy and Administration3
MSJ 720Analysis of Jazz Styles3
MED 790Teaching Music in College1
Jazz Performance Ensembles3
Jazz Electives2
Allied Music Courses
MCY 728Music Bibliography3
MTC 717Analytical Techniques (or other MTC course)3
MED 662Psychology of Music I3
Musicology/Music Theory Elective3
Select 12 credit hours of Cognate/Electives12
Total Credit Hours60