Four-Year Degree Plan

Jazz performance track

Bachelor of Music

The five track options offered within the music degree can be completed in four years or a total of eight semesters. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University.

Degree options

The music department offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Music degree that can be taken with a focus in one of five areas, as well as a non-comprehensive Bachelor of Arts degree.

Below is the four-year degree plan for the Bachelor of Music jazz performance track. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

BM Four-Year Degree Plan: Jazz Performance
(Comprehensive)

The below schedule is only one example of a possible degree plan and is provided for informational purposes only. Meet with an advisor early to develop a degree plan that best suits your needs.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 103 Theory and Musicianship I 3
MUS 107 Recital Attendance I 0
MUS 137 Piano Class I 1
MUS 172 Small Ensemble 1
MUS 174 Jazz Ensemble 1
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
or UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar
2
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
Total hours18

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 104 Theory and Musicianship II 3
MUS 108 Recital Attendance II 0
MUS 119 Jazz Theory/Jazz Keyboard Skills 2
MUS 138 Piano Class II 1
MUS 172 Small Ensemble 1
MUS 174 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 239 Introduction to World Music 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Life Sciences or Physical Sciences (with lab) - General Education 4
Writing II 3
Total hours19

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 203 Theory and Musicianship III 3
MUS 207 Recital Attendance III 0
MUS 219 Jazz Improvisation I 2
MUS 237 Piano Class III 1
MUS 172 Small Ensemble 1
MUS 174 Jazz Ensemble 1
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
3
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
Life Sciences or Physical Sciences (no lab) - General Education 3
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 204 Theory and Musicianship IV 3
MUS 208 Recital Attendance IV 0
MUS 220 Jazz Improvisation II 2
MUS 172 Small Ensemble 1
MUS 174 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 298 Upper Division Applied Status 0
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
Piano Proficiency Exam 0
Total hours17

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 307 Recital Attendance V 0
MUS 319 Jazz Improvisation III 2
MUS 321 Conducting 2
MUS 345 Music in Western Culture and Society I 3
MUS 372 Small Ensemble 1
MUS 374 Jazz Ensemble 1
Advanced Music Theory 2
Applied Music (Lesson) 1
Foreign language 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 308 Recital Attendance VI 0
MUS 346 Music in Western Culture and Society II 3
MUS 372 Small Ensemble 1
MUS 374 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 398 Junior Recital 2-4
Advanced Music Theory 2
Foreign language 3
Humanities - General Education 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
Total hours18

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
MUS 347 History of Jazz in American Culture 3
MUS 407 Recital Attendance VII 0
MUS 172 Small Ensemble 1
MUS 174 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 529 Introduction to Commercial Music 3
Advanced Music History 3
Applied Music (Lesson) 2
Total hours13

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MUS 327 Composition Class 2
MUS 172 Small Ensemble 1
MUS 174 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 498 Senior Recital 2-4
MUS 526 Advanced Arranging 3
Advanced Music History 3
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0
Music Assessment Exam 0
Total hours12
Degree plan last reviewed 06-20-2018.