Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Music program in Studio Jazz Writing is to prepare composers/arrangers to enter the music profession and to provide students with opportunities for advanced study in jazz and studio arranging, composition and orchestration with an emphasis on the development of high-level skills that will enable him or her to pursue a career as a professional arranger/composer. We aim to develop student jazz writing skills beyond those developed during the Bachelor's degree.

The program objectives are:

  • Identify, recruit, and retain high quality students who are seeking to develop their jazz and studio writing skills beyond that developed in their undergraduate 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

Major Area
MSJ 716Jazz Composition Seminar II3
MSJ JC6Applied Jazz Composition1
MSJ 717Advanced Jazz Vocal Arranging2
MSJ 621Advanced Modern Arranging III3
MSJ 714Advanced Orchestration3
MSJ 622Introduction to Midi Sequencing and Digital Workstations2
MSJ 775Jazz Writing Ensemble4
MSJ 813Master's Jazz Writing Project3
Other Studies in Music
MTC 611Film Scoring I3
MTC 612Film Scoring II3
MTC 715Composition Seminar I2
or MTC 716 Composition Seminar II
MTC 763Virtual Orchestration3
Approved Electives2
Total Credit Hours34