A total of 120 credit hours is required and is designed to further the student's knowledge, practice, and experience on their major instrument.  To graduate, a student must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all major courses and a minimum average of 2.0 in all course work.

Students will be studying with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized.  Courses in music theory and musicology are part of the exploration of music as are private instruction, ensemble and chamber music opportunities.  All students pursuing the B.M. degree will perform a senior recital on their primary instrument.  In addition, performance majors will also complete a junior recital and music composition majors will also give a music composition recital.

With this degree, students can go on to pursue graduate studies in music, establish private studios, audition for music ensembles, or create their own paths in music or music-related endeavors.

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Music

First-year students should enter the school directly. Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and are eligible to return to the college or university last attended in addition to completing a successful audition. Other students can be admitted only with the permission of the dean. Send applications to the Office of Admissions. Visit the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions for information about international admissions.

Students who wish to major in music must audition. All music students academically approved for admission to the School of Music are admitted contingent upon demonstration by audition of satisfactory level proficiency in their areas of applied music. Music audition information and application forms are available online.  There is a limit of two times a prospective student may request an audition for entrance into one of the School's undergraduate degree programs.  The second request must be within 12 months of the first and may be as early as 1 month following the first audition.  The limitation also applies to students within the School auditioning from one program into another.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), are eligible to return to the college or university last attended, and complete a successful audition. Only grades of C or higher are accepted in transfer credit toward degrees offered by the School of Music. Students who wish to transfer performance credit from another institution toward any music degree at KU must validate this credit by audition. Music audition information and application forms are available online.  There is a limit of two times a prospective student may request an audition for entrance into one of the School's undergraduate degree programs.  The second request must be within 12 months of the first and may be as early as 1 month following the first audition.  The limitation also applies to students within the School auditioning from one program into another.

Music Theory Placement

The music theory placement examination is required of all undergraduate transfer students who have not completed a 4-semester theory sequence with an accredited NASM school. It is administered as announced on the School of Music website each semester.

Jazz Studies BM    (Fall 2016)

120 Hours total including 45 Jr/Sr

(Jr/Sr = courses numbered 300 and above)

Required for Graduation

Music Theory:                                         (22)

  MTHC 105 Theory I (FA only)               4____

Also Goal #1 Outcome #1:

  MTHC 115 Theory II (SP only)               4____

  MTHC 205 Theory III (FA only)              4____

  MTHC 315 Theory IV (SP only)             4____

  MTHC Upper Division Elect (300+)        3____

  MTHC Upper Division Elect (300+)        3____

Performance (3.0 GPA required)               (25)

Applied Music Lessons

  121                                                       3____

  121                                                       3____

  221                                                       3____

  221                                                       3____

  JAZZ 622                                              3____

  JAZZ 622                                              3____

  JAZZ 622                                              3____

  JAZZ 622 (final semester taken with 623) 3____

 Goal #6 Integrate knowledge/capstone

 JAZZ 623 Senior Recital                        1____

                                                                   (4)

COND 245 Conducting I                           2____

to be entered in CIM if major is approved:

JAZZ 635 Pedagogy (new course)           2____

Piano: (min of PIAN 284)                             (3)

___________________________             1 ____

___________________________             2 ____

Musicology:                                             (12)

Also Goal #4 Outcome #2:

  MUSC 320 Music History I (FA only)     3____

Also Goal #3 (arts & humanities):

  MUSC 340 Music History II (SP only)    3____

  MUSC 440 Music History III (FA only)   3____

Also Goal #4 Outcome #1:

  MUSC 480 Music History IV (SP only)  3____

REC 100:          (4 semesters)

______   ______   ______   ______ 

English                                                                    (6)

Goal #2 Outcome #1

 ______________________________         3___

_______________________________        3___

Goal #2 Outcome #2                                    (3)

_______________________________        3___

Non-music KU Core requirements              (12)

Goal #1 Outcome #2

_______________________________    3_____

Goal #3                        Natural Science            

_________________________________ 3_____

Goal #3                        Social Science             

_________________________________ 3_____

Goal #5                        social/ethical                

_________________________________ 3_____

Electives: (3 credits must be non-music)      (5)

___________    ____         ___________  ____

Jazz Studies: (new courses)                     (12)

to be entered in CIM if major is approved:

JAZZ 505 Jazz Theory & Perf. I                 3____   

JAZZ 506 Jazz Theory & Perf. II                3____

JAZZ 605 Jazz Theory & Perf. III               3____

JAZZ 606 Jazz Theory & Perf. IV              3____

Jazz Ensembles:  (8 semesters)                  (8)

_____________  1____      ___________  1____

_____________  1____      ___________  1____

_____________  1____      ___________  1____

_____________  1____      ___________  1____

Jazz Combos:  (8 Semesters)                      (8)

_____________  1____      ___________  1____

_____________  1____      ___________  1____

_____________  1____      ___________  1____

_____________  1____      ___________  1____

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1013ENGL 1023
MTHC 1054MTHC 1154
PIAN 1441PIAN 1481
REC 1000REC 1000
121 Lessons3JAZZ 2081
JAZZ 2081121 Lessons3
JAZZ 2091JAZZ 2091
MATH 1013Natural Science any course that fulfills GE3N3
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC 2054MTHC 3154
MUSC 3203MUSC 3403
PIAN 2842REC 1000
REC 1000221 Lessons3
221 Lessons3JAZZ 2081
JAZZ 2081JAZZ 2091
JAZZ 2091JAZZ 6302
 14 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
COMS 1303JAZZ 5063
JAZZ 5053MUSC 4803
MUSC 4403JAZZ 6223
JAZZ 6223JAZZ 6081
JAZZ 6081JAZZ 4091
JAZZ 4091MTHC 5633
JAZZ 4592Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
 16 17
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
JAZZ 6053COND 2452
JAZZ 6223JAZZ 6063
JAZZ 6081JAZZ 6223
JAZZ 4091JAZZ 6231
JAZZ 325: Pedagogy2JAZZ 6081
Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523JAZZ 4091
Non-music elective2Elective (music or non-music)3
 15 14
Total Hours: 122