Music with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies-Performance (BM)


Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Music Department

Program Description

Webster offers the Bachelor of Music (BM) with an emphasis in performance or music technology for vocalists and instrumentalists. The Webster jazz studies program is based around the small group performing experience. Students participate in jazz combos, Jazz Collective, or Jazz Singers in addition to an academic curriculum that balances courses in jazz and classical music instruction.

Degree Requirements

128 credit hours to include:

  • 94-98 required credit hours
  • 12 general education credit hours

Core Music Courses

  • MUSC 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020 Music Theory I-IV (12 hours)
  • MUSC 1810, 1820 Musicianship I, II (4 hours)
  • MUSC 2030, 2040 Survey of Music History I, II(6 hours)
  • MUSC 470X Advanced Variable Topic (taken in junior or senior year only) (2-3 hours)

Performance Courses

  • MUSC 0890 Recital Attendance (six semesters required) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 0990 Master Class (taken every semester) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 4003 Applied Music (major instrument) (16 hours)
  • MUSC 2300, 2305, 2310, Jazz Improvisation I, II, III (6 hours)
  • MUSC 2315 Jazz Improvisation IV (if not studying in Vienna) (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3300, 3310 Jazz Improvisation V, VI (6 hours)
  • Junior and Senior Recitals (0 hours)
  • Major Ensemble
    8 hours over eight semesters to be selected from:
    • MUSC 4950 Webster University Jazz Singers (1 hour per semester)
    • MUSC 4960 Webster University Jazz Ensemble (combo) (1 hour per semester)
    • MUSC 4970 Webster University Jazz Collective (1 hour per semester)

Supportive Courses

  • MUSC 1080, 1085, 2001, 2501 Secondary Instrument: Class Piano, Secondary and Non-Major Piano (4 hours)
    (four consecutive semesters required; minimum two hours of applied instruction in individual lessons)
  • MUSC 1370, 1380 Jazz Theory I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 2370, 2375, 2380 Jazz Theory III, IV, V (6 hours)
  • MUSC 2385 Jazz Theory VI (if not studying in Vienna) (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3170, 3180 Jazz History I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4320 Jazz Education Methods (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4340, 4350 Jazz Scoring and Arranging I, II (6 hours)
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