Music (BM) in Jazz Studies - Performance


Effective 1 June 2018 through 31 May 2019

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Program Description
Degree Requirements

This program is offered by the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Music, and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

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
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours, with accommodations for the bachelor of music
  • Electives

Global Citizenship Program for Bachelor of Music

  • FRSH 1200 First Year Seminar
  • 6 credit hours from courses designated ‘Roots of Cultures’ (One course with the MUSC prefix can fulfill GCP and major requirements simultaneously.)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Social Systems & Human Behavior’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Global Understanding’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Physical & Natural World’ or ‘Quantitative Literacy’
  • KEYS 4XXX Global Keystone Seminar

NOTE: Except where specified otherwise, the above courses must not also satisfy major requirements. GCP skills requirements may be fulfilled with the courses above, courses in the major, or electives. 'Arts Appreciation' is satisfied in meeting the requirements for the major.

Core Music Courses

  • MUSC 1010, MUSC 1020, MUSC 2010, MUSC 2020 Music Theory I-IV (12 hours)
  • MUSC 1810, MUSC 1820 Musicianship I, II (4 hours)
  • MUSC 2030, MUSC 2040 Survey of Music History I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 4700 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, MUSC 2305, MUSC 2310 Jazz Improvisation I, II, III (6 hours)
  • MUSC 2315 Jazz Improvisation IV (if not studying in Vienna) (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3300, MUSC 3310 Jazz Improvisation V, VI (6 hours)
  • Junior and Senior Recitals (0 hours)

Major Ensemble
8 hours over 8 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, MUSC 1085, MUSC 2001, MUSC 2501 Secondary Instrument: Class Piano, Secondary and Non-Major Piano (four consecutive semesters required; minimum two hours of applied instruction in individual lessons) (4 hours)
  • MUSC 1370, MUSC 1380 Jazz Theory I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 2370, MUSC 2375, MUSC 2380 Jazz Theory III, IV, V (6 hours)
  • MUSC 2385 Jazz Theory VI (if not studying in Vienna) (2 hours)
  • MUSC 3170, MUSC 3180 Jazz History I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4320 Jazz Education Methods (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4340, MUSC 4350 Jazz Scoring and Arranging I, II (6 hours)