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Jazz, Spontaneous Composition & Improvisation Minor

Jazz Minor Requirements

The Jazz, Spontaneous Composition and Improvisation Minor (hereby: "Jazz Minor") focuses on the study of the history, theory, and performance of jazz and other improvised musics. In addition, students may be introduced to musical styles that have had profound influences on the uniquely American art form of jazz: folk and popular musics of Africa, Europe, South Asia and the United States and Western classical music. The Jazz Minor is limited to students who have sufficient performance proficiency to pass auditions for entry into the jazz ensembles.

Students from all majors are encouraged to pursue the Jazz Minor! However, there are certain restrictions for Music major interested in pursuing the Jazz Minor:

The Jazz Minor can be added to the Music B.M. degree, and to the Western Art Music concentration of the Music B.A. degree, but it cannot be added to the Global Musics or Contemporary Practices concentrations of the Music B.A. degree.


Minor Requirements:

1. Music 11B: Intro to Jazz

2. Music 14: Beginning Theory & Musicianship II (may be satisfied by placing into Music 30A via the Theory Placement Exam)

3. Music 30A - Theory, Literature, and Musicianship  (plus associated Ear Training, Musicianship, & Keyboard Labs)

4. Take one of the following courses:

  • Music 74: Beginning Spontatnous Composition and Improvisation,
  • Music 75: Jazz Theory I,


  • Two quarters of Music 3: Large Jazz Ensemble

5. Take one of the following courses:

  • Music 174: Intermediate Spontatnous Composition and Improvisation, OR
  • Music 175: Jazz Theory II

6. Take two of the following courses:

  • Music 105A: Music of the United States
  • Music 105C: Folk Music in California
  • Music 111B: Seminar in Jazz Analysis
  • Music 150I: Special Topics in Theory: Hindustani Music
  • Music 150S: Focus on Spontaneous Composition
  • Music 203B: Performance Practice in the Renaissance Era
  • Music 203H: Area Studies in Performance Practice

7. Take six quarters of performing ensembles.

  • At least three quarters of the six total must be Music 3 or Music 164: Small Jazz Ensembles
    • If a student took two quarters of Music 3 in place of Music 74/75, they are only required to do one additional quarter of Music 3/164, plus the other three ensembles.