BM in Jazz and Contemporary Media

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BM in jazz and contemporary media. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of the College of Fine Arts, students must meet the following requirements:

Course Title Hours
General Education
Select courses to meet General Education requirements 134-35
Applied Music (30 credit hours)
MUSA 231_Applied Music Instruction (classical) 24
MUSA 252_Applied Music-Jazz8
MUSA 453_ Applied Music Jazz12
MUSA 313JBasic Jazz Piano 32
Class Piano4
Piano Class Level I - Music Majors
Piano Class Level II - Music Majors
Piano Class Level III - Music Majors
Piano Class Level IV - Music Majors
Required Music Core (13 credit hours)
MUSC 127Musicianship 12
MUSC 128Musicianship 22
MUSC 129Aural Skills 12
MUSC 130Aural Skills 22
MUSC 229Aural Skills 32
MUSC 113Introduction to Music Studies and Professional Skills3
Musicology Electives (3 credit hours)
Select 3 credit hours from the following3
Survey of the Western Musical Canon
Topics in Musicology: Aesthetics
Topics in Musicology: Ethnography
Topics in Musicology: Gender
Topics in Musicology: Popular Musics
Theory/Composition Electives (8 credit hours)
Select 8 credit hours from the following8
Post-Tonal Music
Introduction to Music Composition
Form and Analysis
Topics in Music Technology
18th Century Counterpoint
Performance and Analysis
Topics in Analysis: Music in Media
Topics in Analysis: Popular Music Analysis
Jazz and Contemporary Media Required Courses (25 credit hours)
MUSC 120Jazz Improvisation2
MUSC 240Jazz Music Theory2
MUSC 241Jazz Aural Skills2
MUSE 511Jazz Pedagogy2
MUSC 345Jazz Arranging2
MUSC 348AHistory of Jazz3
Ensembles 4, 512
MUSP 105Recital Attendance (specified number of recitals per semester for four semesters)0
MUSP 300Junior Recital0
MUSP 400Senior Recital0
Open Electives (7 credit hours)
Select enough electives to reach 120 credit hours 67
Total Credit Hours120

Required major courses may also count towards General Education requirements. Students will need to select additional electives to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation with assistance from an advisor.


As directed by jazz faculty until upper-level proficiency is demonstrated via jury (may continue with additional 232 courses with permission).


Piano proficiency is a prerequisite for Basic Jazz Piano.


See degree check sheets for specified ensembles.


Ensembles are counted by semester.


Courses as approved by advisor

Note: All music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination.

Applied Learning

Students in the Bachelor of Music in jazz and contemporary media program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by performing in eight semesters of applied lessons, MUSA 252_ and MUSA 453_; eight semesters of ensembles/combos, MUSP 411M Jazz Combo, MUSP 212T Jazz Arts Ensemble 2, MUSP 411T Jazz Arts Ensemble 1 and MUSP 412T Jazz Arts Ensemble 2; and successfully completing MUSP 400 Senior Recital.