B.M. in Music - Jazz/Commercial Music Concentration (Performance)

This is a screened program. Please see the admission requirements for additional information.

Music Major Requirements

Students completing the Bachelor of Music degree in Music must earn a total of 83-86 units in the major. They must complete the required courses in Music (39 units) and one of the following concentrations: Composition (44 units), Guitar (44 units), Jazz/Commercial Music (Performance or Composition) (44 units), Keyboard (44 units), Voice (47 units), or Winds/Strings/Percussion (44 units). Music majors must complete minimum 24 upper-level (300-400) units in MUSC (Music), Music Applied (MUSA), and/or Music Education (MUED) courses toward the major at Towson University. 

Required Courses for All Concentrations in Music
MUSC 131MUSIC THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP I2
MUSC 132MUSIC THEORY II2
MUSC 134MUSICIANSHIP II2
MUSC 201MUSIC IN THE UNITED STATES3
or MUSC 202 MUSIC CULTURES OF THE WORLD
MUSC 231MUSIC THEORY III2
MUSC 233MUSICIANSHIP III2
MUSC 232MUSIC THEORY IV2
MUSC 234MUSICIANSHIP IV2
MUSC 287CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY3
MUSC 303HISTORY OF MUSIC IN THE EUROPEAN CLASSICAL TRADITION3
MUSA xxxApplied lessons in the primary medium16
Total Units39

Jazz/Commercial Music Concentration Requirements (Performance)

Additional Music Courses
MUSA 190PIANO CLASS I1
Select one of the following 400-level music history and culture courses 3
ADVANCED MUSIC HISTORY
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
SURVEY OF OPERA
SYMPHONIC LITERATURE
MUSIC IN THE U.S.
MUSIC IN LATIN AMERICA
SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSIC HISTORY AND CULTURE
MUSC 320JAZZ THEORY AND IMPROVISATION I3
MUSC 322JAZZ THEORY AND IMPROVISATION II3
MUSC 425JAZZ REPERTOIRE3
MUSC 426JAZZ HISTORY3
MUSC 427JAZZ ARRANGING I3
MUSC 443INSTRUMENTAL PEDAGOGY ((guitar students may substitute MUSC 462))1
Electives
MUSC xxxUpper-division MUSC elective 13
MUSA or MUSC xxxMusic Electives3
Ensembles and Recitals
MUSA xxxEnsembles: All performance majors are required to be in at least one ensemble per term of their eight terms of coursework. Eight terms among a minimum of three jazz ensembles; eight terms of any ensemble, one of which must include World Music Ensemble unless the student has completed a 3-unit global perspectives in music (MUSC) course.16
MUSA 399JUNIOR RECITAL FOR BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE1
MUSA 499SENIOR RECITAL FOR BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE1
Total Units44
1

MUSC 493 may be taken for a maximum of 3 elective units only by successful petition to the department chair. 

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area 2MUSA 1901
MUSA xxx: Jazz Ensemble 1MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area 2
MUSA xxx: Other Ensemble 1MUSA xxx: Jazz Ensemble 1
MUSC 1312MUSA xxx: Other Ensemble 1
Core 1 (or Core 2) 3MUSC 1322
Core 3 3MUSC 1342
Core 5 3Core 2 (or Core 1) 3
 Core 6 3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area 2MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area 2
MUSA xxx: Jazz Ensemble 1MUSA xxx: Jazz Ensemble 1
MUSA xxx: Other Ensemble 1MUSA xxx: Other Ensemble 1
MUSC 201 (Core 11)3MUSC 2322
Or
MUSC 2342
MUSC 202 (Core 12)
MUSC 3033
MUSC 2312Core 7 4
MUSC 2332 
MUSC 287 (Core 4)3 
Core 93 
 17 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area 2MUSA 3991
MUSA xxx: Jazz Ensemble 1MUSA xxx: Applied Lesson in Primary Performance Area 2
MUSA xxx: Other Ensemble 1MUSA xxx: Jazz Ensemble 1
MUSC 3203MUSA xxx: Other Ensemble 1
MUSC 4263MUSC 3223
Core 10 3MUSC 4431
Elective (MUSA or MUSC) 1-3Core 8 3-4
 Elective (4xx Music History / Culture Course) 3
 14-16 15-16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MUSA xxx: Applied Lessons in Primary Performance Area 2MUSA 4991
MUSA xxx: Jazz Ensemble 1MUSA xxx: Jazz Ensemble 1
MUSA xxx: Other Ensemble 1MUSA xxx: Other Ensemble 1
MUSC 4273MUSC 4253
Core 12 (or Core 11) 3MUSC xxx: Applied Lessons in Primary Performance Area 2
Core 13 3Core 14 3
Elective (Upper-Level MUSC) 3Elective (MUSA or MUSC Elective) 1-3
 16 12-14
Total Units 119-124