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2012-2013 University Catalogue 
2012-2013 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Music

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Jeffrey Kern \ jkern@uarts.edu \ 215.717.6347
Program Director


The Vocal Jazz Studies program in the School of Music is a unique curriculum that provides strong training in traditional vocal technique. The program combines skills and knowledge in a range of vocal styles and literature, including jazz/contemporary, classical and musical theater. Students receive private instruction in voice and take a core of courses in jazz ear training, jazz theory, jazz history, styles and diction, theory, basic piano, jazz piano, advanced piano, music technology, and careers in music. Additionally, Vocal majors select classes and ensembles that most accurately reflect their performance and study interests, including jazz vocal ensembles, chorus and chamber singers, vocal workshops, and an ongoing series of master classes.

Learning Objectives

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies in Vocal Performance will:

  • demonstrate outstanding aural musicianship;
  • demonstrate outstanding cognitive musicianship and theoretical knowledge;
  • understand music in its historical and sociological context;
  • express understanding of music in verbal and written form;
  • be musically literate and technically proficient performers and composers;
  • possess knowledge and experience in a diversity of musical styles and cultures;
  • acquire the skills to use and integrate current technology in support of their musicianship;
  • use all of the above as the basis for creative output.

Program Requirements (126 credits)

Required Courses (75 credits)

Discipline History (9 credits)

Liberal Arts Distribution (33 credits)

Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject HUMS

Period Interpretation (6 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject LAPI, level 800
  • Select 1 course from subject LAPI, level 900

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject LACR, level 200 excluding LACR 210 

Liberal Arts Electives (15 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects: HUMS, LAAH, LALL, LAPR, LASM, or LASS
  • Select courses from  : Art History or LA Elective.

Electives (9 credits)

  • Complete 9 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.