Minor in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Studies

Wells School of Music

Students must complete a minimum of six credits of advanced standing coursework in their minor.*

This program is designed primarily for students currently enrolled in a music degree program. Students in other degree programs will be admitted if qualified. Students must have the permission of both their major advisor and the chairperson of the Department of Instrumental Music.  This minor is not available to B.M. in Jazz Performance majors.

Required Courses
ENS 344Jazz Combo 1, 2, 31-2
INM 243Creativity & Improvisation3
AJZ 361Jazz Musicianship and Improvisation I 23
MTC 361Jazz Harmony and Arranging I 23
MTC 160Musical Entrepreneurship3
Music Electives
Select 4-5 credits from the following:4-5
Criterions Jazz Ensemble 2, 3
Statesmen Jazz Ensemble 2, 3
Latin Jazz Ensemble 2, 3
Studio Music Ensemble 3
Jazz Musicianship and Improvisation II 2
Drum Set Class
History of Jazz 2
Total Minimum Credits Required18

2 semesters required


ENS 344, AJZ 361, MTC 361, ENS 341, ENS 342, ENS 343, AJZ 362, and MHL 422 are “advanced standing” courses.”  Six (6) credits of advanced standing are required for the Minor in Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation Studies. 


Ensembles are variable credit, 0.5-1 credit hour.  The first ensemble each semester is 1 credit.  Additional ensembles are 0.5 credit each.

*Advanced standing coursework is defined as any 300-level course or above and specific 200-level courses identified by the department.