Dept. Code: MSJ

The instrumental curriculum in Studio Music and Jazz is designed for interested and qualified students who desire to continue to develop to the highest degree their background and skills in the performance of studio music and jazz. Admission to this major pre-supposes musical training in jazz on the principal instrument.

Advanced Writing and Communication Skills

Courses

All students are required to successfully complete 3 Advanced Writing and Communication Skills (AWC) courses. Student degree requirements will include courses that meet the desired communication outcomes in evaluated and revised writing, speaking, stage presence, and audience engagement.

All Studio Jazz Instrumental students will successfully complete:

1. MCY 141 Musical Trends and Traditions, which will include substantial evaluated and revised writing components.

2. MSJ XXX Private Lesson Level 3 Senior Recital, which will include evaluated communication skills in attracting an audience, engaging an audience during performance, and preparing program notes or similar media as appropriate to the medium/venue.

3. MSJ 213 Analysis & Evolution of Jazz Styles II, which will include discipline specific communication skills.

Assessment

There will be at least 2 specific assessments in each Advanced Communications Skills course for communications or writing equivalent to 4000 words, evaluated and revised.

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses MSJI
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 101Algebra for College Students3
ST_XXXXSTEM Cognate9
PS_XXXXPeople & Society Cognate9
UMX 100The University Of Miami Experience0
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills (3 courses)AWC. See details below0
Total General Education credits = 27
Experiential Music Curriculum Core Courses MSJI 1
MSJ 3Jazz Forum (8 semesters)0
MSJ XX1 (Level 1)Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class (semesters 1-4, 2 credit hours)8
MSJ XX3 (Level 3)Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class (semesters 5-6, 2 credit hours)4
MSJ 140
MSJ 107
Experiential Musicianship I
and Skills Lab I
4
MSJ 141
MSJ 108
Experiential Musicianship II
and Skills Lab II
4
MSJ 240
MSJ 207
Experiential Musicianship III
and Skills Lab III
4
MSJ 241
MSJ 208
Experiential Musicianship IV
and Skills Lab IV
4
MKP 140Keyboard Studies I1
MKP 141Keyboard Studies II1
MCY 140Experiencing Music3
MCY 141Musical Traditions (AWC)3
MMI 250Essential Technologies For Musicians3
MMI 310Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians3
MSJ XXXLarge Ensembles (semesters 1-6, 1 credit hour)6
Total credit for EMC Core courses = 48
Courses in the MSJI Major
MSJ XXXLarge Ensembles (semesters 7-8, 1 credit hour)2
MSJ XXXSmall Ensembles (4 semesters, 1 credit hour)4
MSJ XX3 (Level 3)Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class (semesters 7-8, 2 credit hours)4
Senior recital with lesson
MSJ 113Analysis and Evolution of Jazz Styles I3
MSJ 124Introduction to Jazz Improvisation3
MSJ 213Analysis & Evolution of Jazz Styles II. (AWC)3
MSJ 242Jazz Percussion Techniques1
or MSJ 320 Basic Drumset Styles and Techniques (Part 2)
MSJ 342Technology Skills III3
MSJ 371Jazz Improvisation I3
or MSJ 220 Basic Drumset Styles and Techniques (Part 1)
MSJ 509Jazz Composition I3
MSJ 519Advanced Modern Arranging I3
MSJ 520Advanced Modern Arranging II3
MSJ 565Advanced Improvisation I (choose section for drumset students.)3
MSJ 566Advanced Improvisation II (choose section for drumset students.)3
MIP 181Instrumental Conducting I2
Elective3
Total credits for courses in the major = 46
Total Credit Hours121
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EMC core courses require a grade of “C” or higher.  Lessons require a grade of "B-" or higher.

Suggested Plan of Study - Studio Music and Instrumental 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 140
MSJ 107
Experiential Musicianship I
and Skills Lab I
4
MCY 140 Experiencing Music 3
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I 1
MSJ 124 Introduction to Jazz Improvisation 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience 0
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Spring
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 141
MSJ 108
Experiential Musicianship II
and Skills Lab II
4
MCY 141 Musical Traditions (AWC) 3
MKP 141 Keyboard Studies II 1
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students 3
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Year Two
Fall
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 240
MSJ 207
Experiential Musicianship III
and Skills Lab III
4
MSJ 113 Analysis and Evolution of Jazz Styles I 3
MSJ 371 Jazz Improvisation I 3
People & Society Cognate 3
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 241
MSJ 208
Experiential Musicianship IV
and Skills Lab IV
4
MSJ 213 Analysis & Evolution of Jazz Styles II. (AWC) 3
MMI 250 Essential Technologies For Musicians 3
People & Society Cognate 3
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument & Studio Class 2
MSJ 342 Technology Skills III 3
MSJ 519 Advanced Modern Arranging I 3
MIP 181 Instrumental Conducting I 2
People & Society Cognate 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 520 Advanced Modern Arranging II 3
MSJ 565 Advanced Improvisation I 3
STEM Cognate 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours13
Year Four
Fall
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 242 or 320 Jazz Percussion Techniques
or Basic Drumset Styles and Techniques (Part 2)
1
MSJ 509 Jazz Composition I 3
MSJ 566 Advanced Improvisation II 3
STEM Cognate 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours14
Spring
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
Senior Recital (with lesson) AWC  
MMI 310 Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
Elective 3
STEM Cognate 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours121

Suggested Plan of Study - Drumset (Jazz Percussion)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 140
MSJ 107
Experiential Musicianship I
and Skills Lab I
4
MCY 140 Experiencing Music 3
MKP 140 Keyboard Studies I 1
MSJ 220 Basic Drumset Styles and Techniques (Part 1) 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience 0
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours17
Spring
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 141
MSJ 108
Experiential Musicianship II
and Skills Lab II
4
MCY 141 Musical Traditions 3
MKP 141 Keyboard Studies II 1
MSJ 320 Basic Drumset Styles and Techniques (Part 2) 1
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 240
MSJ 207
Experiential Musicianship III
and Skills Lab III
4
MSJ 113 Analysis and Evolution of Jazz Styles I (AWC) 3
MSJ 565 Advanced Improvisation I 3
People & Society Cognate 3
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 241
MSJ 208
Experiential Musicianship IV
and Skills Lab IV
4
MSJ 213 Analysis & Evolution of Jazz Styles II. (AWC) 3
MMI 250 Essential Technologies For Musicians 3
MSJ 566 Advanced Improvisation II 3
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument & Studio Class 2
MSJ 342 Technology Skills III 3
MSJ 519 Advanced Modern Arranging I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students 3
MIP 181 Instrumental Conducting I 2
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours15
Spring
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MSJ 124 Introduction to Jazz Improvisation 3
MSJ 520 Advanced Modern Arranging II 3
STEM Cognate 3
People & Society Cognate 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Four
Fall
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument & Studio Class 2
MSJ 509 Jazz Composition I 3
People & Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours13
Spring
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ Principal Instrument Lesson & Studio Class 2
MMI 310 Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
Senior Recital (with Lesson)  
Elective 3
STEM Cognate 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours121