Master of Music (M.Mus.) Performance: Jazz Performance (Thesis) (45 credits)

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Offered by: Music     Degree: Master of Music

Program Requirements

Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Voice

The following program prerequisites may be assigned as additional required courses on the basis of transcript review:

  • MUHL 393 History of Jazz (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music History and Literature : A study of the history and development of jazz through listening, reading, video viewing, lectures and discussion. The central goals will be to learn how to hear jazz critically and to understand the values, meanings, and sensibilities of jazz as a social practice.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: David Brackett (Winter)

  • MUJZ 440D1 Advanced Jazz Composition (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : A continuation of MUJZ 341. This course will further emphasize and facilitate the development of a personal and creative compositional style. Jazz aesthetics will be emphasized and explored in greater depth.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: John Hollenbeck (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MUJZ 341

    • Restriction: Open only to Jazz Performance Majors OR permission of instructor.

    • Students must register for both MUJZ 440D1 and MUJZ 440D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUJZ 440D1 and MUJZ 440D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

    • 1. 2 hours

  • MUJZ 440D2 Advanced Jazz Composition (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : A continuation of MUJZ 341. This course will further emphasize and facilitate the development of a personal and creative compositional style. Jazz aesthetics will be emphasized and explored in greater depth.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Christine Jensen (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUJZ 440D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUJZ 440D1 and MUJZ 440D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

    • Restriction: Open only to Jazz Performance Majors OR permission of instructor.

    • 1. 2 hours

  • MUJZ 461D1 Advanced Jazz Arranging (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : This course introduces advanced concepts in jazz writing by examining scores by historically-important jazz composers/arrangers, as well as contemporary masters. Student writing, including expanded combo, big band, and small group string projects, is geared toward public performance by McGill jazz ensembles and combos.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Joseph Leo Sullivan (Fall)

    • 2 hours

    • Prerequisite(s): MUJZ 341

    • Restriction(s): Open only to Jazz Performance Majors OR permission of instructor.

    • Students must register for both MUJZ 461D1 and MUJZ 461D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUJZ 461D1 and MUJZ 461D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.

  • MUJZ 461D2 Advanced Jazz Arranging (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : See MUJZ 461D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Joseph Leo Sullivan (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUJZ 461D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUJZ 461D1 and MUJZ 461D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • MUJZ 493 Jazz Performance Practice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : An in-depth exploration of the performance practice of leading jazz figures, primarily through the study of solo transcriptions. Comparative study of conceptual differences in time feel, ornamentation, tone quality, articulation and harmonic and melodic approach. Detailed study of major rhythm sections and their interaction with soloists.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Kevin Dean (Fall)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisites: MUJZ 187, MUJZ 224.

    • Restriction: Open only to Jazz Performance Majors

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • MUIN 626 Jazz Performance/Composition Tutorial 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Individual instruction in instrumental performance, jazz composition and arranging and jazz improvisation according to performing specialization.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Christopher McCann, Michael Gauthier, Remi Bolduc, Kevin Dean, Dimitrios Doxas, Joseph Leo Sullivan, Alec Walkington, Fraser Hollins, Jocelyn Couture, Ranee Y Lee, Allan Robert McLean, Andre White, Greg Clayton, Carlos Alberto Jimenez, Jeffrey E H Johnston, Francisco J Lozano, Sienna Dahlen, William V Mahar, Kenneth Bibace, Jean-Michel Pilc, Greg G Amirault, David Laing, Christine Jensen, John Hollenbeck, Donald Leyland Kennedy, John Rea, Michel Lambert, Taurey Butler, Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, Erik Anthony Hove (Fall) Jeffrey E H Johnston, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Kevin Dean, Kenneth Bibace, Christopher McCann, Francois Bourassa, Guillaume Bourgogne, Dimitrios Doxas (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUPG 626

  • MUIN 627 Jazz Performance/Composition Tutorial 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Individual instruction in instrumental performance, jazz composition and arranging and jazz improvisation according to performing specialization.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Greg G Amirault, Michel Lambert (Fall) Christopher McCann, Michael Gauthier, Remi Bolduc, Kevin Dean, Dimitrios Doxas, Joseph Leo Sullivan, Alec Walkington, Jocelyn Couture, Ranee Y Lee, Allan Robert McLean, Andre White, Fraser Hollins, Joshua Rager, Greg Clayton, Carlos Alberto Jimenez, Jeffrey E H Johnston, Francisco J Lozano, Christine Jensen, Sienna Dahlen, David Laing, Greg G Amirault, Kenneth Bibace, Jean-Michel Pilc, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, John Hollenbeck, Francois Bourassa, Donald Leyland Kennedy, Michel Lambert, Rémi-Jean LeBlanc, Erik Anthony Hove (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUPG 627

  • MUIN 628 Jazz Performance/Composition Tutorial 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Individual instruction in instrumental performance, jazz composition and arranging and jazz improvisation according to performing specialization, including work on various aspects of jazz artistry in preparation for recital requirements.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Fraser Hollins, Ronald Di Lauro, Andre White, Remi Bolduc, Joseph Leo Sullivan, Christopher McCann, Kenneth Bibace, David Laing, Kevin Dean, Jeffrey E H Johnston, Alec Walkington, John Hollenbeck, Jean-Michel Pilc, Allan Robert McLean, Francisco J Lozano, Francois Bourassa, John Rea, Adrian Vedady, Dimitrios Doxas (Fall) Fraser Hollins, Remi Bolduc, Ronald Di Lauro, Christopher McCann, Kevin Dean, John Hollenbeck, Michel Lambert, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Jean-Michel Pilc (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUPG 628

  • MUJZ 601 Jazz Pedagogy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : A course designed to prepare students to teach jazz-related subjects at the university and professional level, with emphasis on ensemble direction and the instruction of improvisation, as well as course and curriculum development. Various pedagogical methods, philosophies, rehearsal techniques, and materials will be investigated.

    Terms: Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Kevin Dean, Andre White (Winter)

    • 3 hours

Complementary Courses (33 credits)

33 credits from one of the following streams:

Stream A - Jazz Performance

3 credits from:

  • MUPG 695 Graduate Jazz Improvisation Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : An intensive study of artistry in jazz improvisation. The inprovisation ideas and approaches of various jazz artrists will be studied through transcription, analysis and in performance. The latter will lay the foundation for students to develop their own artistic voices and musical ideas. Approximately one-third of the class will be spent performing, critiquing and mentoring the performances of class members.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Remi Bolduc (Fall)

    • Restriction(s): Open to students in the Jazz Performance option and others with the permission of the instructor.

22 credits from:

  • MUJZ 640 Jazz Composition & Arranging 1 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : Analysis and application of a variety of jazz and 20th Century compositional and arranging techniques, including writing for small and medium size jazz ensembles.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Joseph Leo Sullivan (Fall)

    • 2 hours

  • MUJZ 641 Jazz Composition & Arranging 2 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : Students compose and arrange for a variety of instrumental combinations including large jazz ensembles of ten or more instruments.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: John Hollenbeck (Winter)

  • MUPG 651 Performance/Composition Recital Project (9 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Thesis recital (Jazz repertoire, including compositions by the student) and programme notes.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • MUPG 659 Performance in Recording Media (9 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : The Candidate must submit a professional quality audio and/or video document of his or her performances, with liner notes. The performances must be on the candidate’s primary instrument and be a minimum of 60 minutes and a maximum of 75 minutes in length.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Course requirements will vary depending on the program stream (Jazz Performance, Jazz Composition and Arranging and Jazz Orchestra) the candidate is completing. See the Music Graduate website for more details.

3 credits of graduate seminar courses at the 600-level, approved by the Department.

5 credits of ensemble courses, at the 500 level or above, with the prefix MUEN (4 credits must be in jazz related ensembles.)

Stream B - Jazz Composition and Arranging

22 credits from:

  • MUJZ 640 Jazz Composition & Arranging 1 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : Analysis and application of a variety of jazz and 20th Century compositional and arranging techniques, including writing for small and medium size jazz ensembles.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Joseph Leo Sullivan (Fall)

    • 2 hours

  • MUJZ 641 Jazz Composition & Arranging 2 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : Students compose and arrange for a variety of instrumental combinations including large jazz ensembles of ten or more instruments.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: John Hollenbeck (Winter)

  • MUPG 652 Jazz Ensemble Recital Project (9 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A 60-75 minute recital presenting a repertoire of either original compositions and arrangements or previously composed jazz literature (depending upon stream), at least half of which must be for a large ensemble. Programme notes must be provided.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open to students in the B and C streams of the Jazz Performance option only.

  • MUPG 659 Performance in Recording Media (9 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : The Candidate must submit a professional quality audio and/or video document of his or her performances, with liner notes. The performances must be on the candidate’s primary instrument and be a minimum of 60 minutes and a maximum of 75 minutes in length.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Course requirements will vary depending on the program stream (Jazz Performance, Jazz Composition and Arranging and Jazz Orchestra) the candidate is completing. See the Music Graduate website for more details.

6 credits of graduate seminar courses, at the 600-level, approved by the Department.

5 credits of ensemble courses, at the 500 level or above, with the prefix MUEN (4 credits must be in jazz related ensembles.)

Stream C - Jazz Orchestra

4 credits from:

18 credits from:

  • MUPG 651 Performance/Composition Recital Project (9 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Thesis recital (Jazz repertoire, including compositions by the student) and programme notes.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • MUPG 652 Jazz Ensemble Recital Project (9 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A 60-75 minute recital presenting a repertoire of either original compositions and arrangements or previously composed jazz literature (depending upon stream), at least half of which must be for a large ensemble. Programme notes must be provided.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open to students in the B and C streams of the Jazz Performance option only.

3 credits of graduate seminars at the 600 level, approved by the Department.

8 credits of ensemble courses, at the 500 level or above, with the prefix MUEN (4 credits must be in jazz related ensembles). MUPG 572 can be substituted for 1 credit of Jazz ensemble.

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