About the Specialization
MFA students of jazz bass, guitar, keyboard, drums, brass, reeds, and in special cases for other instruments, jazz performance, anchor their individual studies with major lessons, jazz forums and classes in composition, harmonic improvisation, history, theory and analysis. Ensemble work is built around performing with both a student jazz ensemble and a faculty jazz ensemble.
MFA jazz students work closely with their mentors to chart an individualized program of study based on needs, interests and the professional aims of each students. MFA jazz artists also play with faculty as part of an apprenticeship model, as colleagues and collaborators, as they build practical experience as performers, improvisers, composers and bandleaders, at home on the concert stage and in the recording studio.
All MFA candidates are required to pass a Mid-Residence Recital and a Graduation Jury and Recital in order to obtain the degree.
Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.
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