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Music Performance: Jazz Studies Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: College of Creative Arts
Pathway: Visual and Performing Arts

Jazz Studies encourages study, training and performance in all forms of creative improvised music, jazz and world music. You’ll expand your creative vision and gain a global perspective.

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 121-127D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC 161 Aural Theory 1 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 162 Written Theory 1 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 191 First-Year Seminar - Creative Arts
    2
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • MUSC Elective
    1
15
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 121-127D Applied Music
    4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    MUSC 130 Piano Class Level 0 or
    MUSC 131 Piano Class Level 1/2 or
    MUSC 132 Piano Class Level 1 or
    MUSC 133 Piano Class Level 1 1/2
  • MUSC 163 Aural Theory 2 Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 164 Written Theory 2 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 177 Introduction to Music Listening Exclamation Point An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    1
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • MUSC Elective
    1
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • New international students: Find a mentor who is an upperclassman
  • Attend New Student Orientation
  • Visit each of your instructors during office hours
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times
  • Declare a major and file an academic plan

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend the Sophomore Celebration to celebrate your successful freshman year and becoming a sophomore
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Consult Off-Campus Housing to find an apartment for your sophomore year
  • Sign up for a Living-Learning Community
  • Eat a pepperoni roll

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Attend the study abroad fair
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Participate in an Outdoor Recreation Center spring or winter break trip

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Exercise daily
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2
  • Visit the Student Rec Center

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 221-227D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC 261 Aural Theory 3 Exclamation Point A B in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 262 Written Theory 3 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 270 History of Western Musical Traditions 1 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
15
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 221-227D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC 263 Aural Theory 4 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 264 Written Theory 4 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    2
  • MUSC 271 History of Western Musical Traditions 2 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Check all of your degree requirements

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Join a student organization
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Become a level 1 Bystander Trainer
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 321-327D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC 311 Introduction to Jazz Improvisation Exclamation Point
    2
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • MUSC Elective
    1
15
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 321-327D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC 189 Music Convocation An A in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    0
  • MUSC 313 Advanced Jazz Improvisation
    2
  • MUSC 480 Arranging for Small Jazz Ensemble Exclamation Point
    2
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • MUSC Elective
    1
16
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Go talk to a faculty member in your department about graduate school or career options

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a student or faculty performance at the Creative Arts Center
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Visit the Core Arboretum
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Take Enhancing Well-being Coaching Class
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Become an Alcohol Literacy trainer and educate peers about the real effects of drinking alcohol
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Join a club sport team

Academics

Fall
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 421-427D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC 200 Fundamentals of Conducting Exclamation Point
    2
  • MUSC 410 Introduction to Music Industry
    3
  • MUSC 468 Jazz Harmony
    2
  • MUSC 481 Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble
    2
  • MUSC Elective
    1
15
Spring
  • MUSC Major Ensemble
    1
  • MUSC 421-427D Applied Music
    4
  • MUSC 475 History of Jazz
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • MUSC Elective
    3
  • MUSC 488 Recital
    0-2
14
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Attend the Graduation One-Stop Shop
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Become a TIPS (Training Intervention Program) trainer and help prevent alcohol misuse
  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Attend a career fair
  • Sign up for an interview
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

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