Graduate Oral & Written Examinations

M.M. in Jazz Studies

Oral Examinations
Prior to graduation, final oral examinations are given to all M.M. in Jazz Studies candidates.   Oral examinations will emphasize jazz theory, history, literature, and pedagogy.   Candidates should be well acquainted with specific recordings, dates, solos, and compositions of great/significant artists in their primary discipline (trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, composition/arranging, etc.) as well as sidemen who have accompanied them.   The candidate should also be prepared to discuss in detail literature/methods available to the contemporary jazz educator.

DMA Secondary Emphasis in Jazz Studies 

Oral and Written Examinations
Prior to graduation, final oral and written examinations are given to all candidates pursuing the DMA Secondaries in Jazz Studies.   Both oral and written examinations will emphasize jazz theory, history, literature, and pedagogy.   Candidates should be well acquainted with specific recordings, dates, solos, and compositions of great/significant artists in their primary discipline (trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, composition/arranging, etc.) as well as sidemen who have accompanied them.   The candidate should also be prepared to discuss in detail literature/methods available to the contemporary jazz educator.