Dept Code: MSJ

The vocal curriculum in Studio Music and Jazz is designed for interested and qualified vocalists who desire to continue to develop to the highest degree their backgrounds and skills in the performance of studio music (recording), jazz, and contemporary pop music. Admission to this major pre-supposes music training in jazz.

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 Vocal students will successfully complete:

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

2. MSJ VO3 Private Lesson 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 MSJV
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 Course) See details below0
Experiential Music Curriculum Core Courses MSJV 1
MSJ 3Jazz Forum (8 semesters)0
MSJ VO1 (Level 1)Voice Lesson & Studio Class (semesters 1-4, 2 credit hours)8
MSJ VO3 (Level 3)Voice 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
Courses in the MSJV Major
MSJ XXXLarge Ensembles (semesters 7-8, 1 credit hour)2
MSJ XXXSmall Ensembles (4 semesters, 1 credit hour)4
MSJ VO3 (Level 3)Voice 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 342Technology Skills III3
MSJ 242Jazz Percussion Techniques1
MSJ 371Jazz Improvisation I (AWC)3
MSJ 372Jazz Vocal Improvisation I3
MSJ 509Jazz Composition I3
MSJ 516Jazz Vocal Arranging3
MSJ 519Advanced Modern Arranging I3
MVP 538Vocal Pedagogy2
MIP 181Instrumental Conducting I2
Non-Music Elective3
Total Credit Hours120
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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

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ VO1 Jazz Voice 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 VO1 Jazz Voice 2
MSJ 141
MSJ 108
Experiential Musicianship II
and Skills Lab II
4
MCY 141 Musical Traditions 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 VO1 Jazz Voice 2
MSJ 113 Analysis and Evolution of Jazz Styles I 3
MSJ 240
MSJ 207
Experiential Musicianship III
and Skills Lab III
4
MSJ 371 Jazz Improvisation I 3
People & Society Cognate 3
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Spring
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ VO1 Jazz Voice 2
MSJ 213 Analysis & Evolution of Jazz Styles II. (AWC) 3
MSJ 241
MSJ 208
Experiential Musicianship IV
and Skills Lab IV
4
MMI 250 Essential Technologies For Musicians 3
MSJ 372 Jazz Vocal Improvisation I 3
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ VO3 Jazz Voice 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 VO3 Jazz Voice 2
MSJ 516 Jazz Vocal Arranging 3
People & Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours13
Year Four
Fall
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ VO3 Jazz Voice 2
MSJ 242 Jazz Percussion Techniques 1
MSJ 509 Jazz Composition I 3
MVP 538 Vocal Pedagogy 2
STEM Cognate 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours13
Spring
MSJ 3 Jazz Forum 0
MSJ VO3 Jazz Voice 2
Senior Recital (with Lesson) AWC  
MMI 310 Music Business and Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
Non-Music Elective 3
STEM Cognate 3
MSJ Small Ensemble 1
MSJ Large Ensemble 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours120