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Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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The Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online program provides intensive experiences in jazz performance, composition, jazz arranging, style analysis, jazz history, and in exploring the constructional techniques for composition and improvisation. This program is for the aspiring musician who aspires to be successful as a jazz musician, performer, composer, and instructor. Graduates of Rowan’s Master of Music programs have gone on to major doctoral programs, performing careers, arts leadership positions, and careers as college professors and public school teachers. Rowan’s online programs are extremely popular due to their convenience and flexibility.

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The Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online is a part-time program offered in an accelerated format. This degree requires the completion of 32 graduate semester hours or 13 courses. Each course is scheduled in eight-week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00a.m. and ending every Monday at 11:59p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

  • Culminating Experience (Recital): a recital jury is required

The following courses make up the Master of Music: Jazz Studies Online program.

  • 32 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 18 S.H.
MUS 04540 Jazz Arranging 3
MUS 05503 Jazz Composition 3
MUS 05500 Analyzing Jazz Structures A 1
MUS 05501 Analyzing Jazz Structures B 1
MUS 05502 Analyzing Jazz Structures C 1
MUSG 06555 Music Entrepreneurship 3
MUSG 06503 Jazz History 3
MUSG 05547 Music and the Related Arts 3
Group A Specialization Courses: 9 S.H.
MUS 10509 Graduate Applied Instrument I 4
MUS 10510 Graduate Applied Instrument II 4
MUS 10511 Graduate Applied Instrument III 4
Group B Specialization Courses: 2 S.H.
MUS 10541-10544 Graduate Ensemble: Jazz Band 1
MUS 10545-10548 Graduate Ensemble: Lab Band 1

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Current professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Contact Davide Ceriani for information or to submit audition
    • Applicants should submit their video audition two weeks in advance of the deadline
Jazz Studies

Career Outlook

The music industry continues to evolve. Traditional avenues of performace and production are now enhanced by a variety of streaming platforms - creating even more opportunities in the music field. Our degree prepares you as a creative and innovative jazz musician, positioning you for success as a performer, songwriter or music teacher.


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