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Jazz Performance Minor

Program Overview:

The jazz performance minor is a supplementary program of courses and performance experiences that give music majors a knowledge of and appreciation for the historical and stylistic features of jazz, America’s only original art form. The jazz performance minor can be added to the B.S. in Music Education, B.S. in Music: Music Industry or B.A. in Music degrees.

Program Contacts:

Dr. Sherwood Wise

Chair, Music Department


Minor Requirements (19 credits):

Required Courses:

MUS 253Jazz: Historical Overview


MUS 257Music Technology


MUS 298Instrumental Jazz Ensemble

0 or 1

MUS 299Jazz Chamber Ensemble

0 or 1

MUS 351Jazz Arranging


MUS 367Improvisation 1


MUS 368Improvisation II


MUS 298 and MUS 299 must each be taken for 4 semesters.

Participation in the Saint Rose Instrumental Jazz Ensemble must be fulfilled by performance on instruments traditionally associated with the large jazz ensemble tradition. These include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drum set and guitar.