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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Music (MUS)
with a Concentration in Jazz Composition (MJC)

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Master of Music (M.M.)
CIP Code: 50.0903
College of The Arts (FA)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of The Arts
Music Department (MUS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue FAH110
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
William Hayden
Phone: 813-974-1753


Faculty Search: The Arts Faculty List

Program Information

Music Faculty, Alumni, and Students
Perhaps the most compelling reason to study music at the University of South Florida is the opportunity to work with our superb music faculty. These gifted, dedicated artists/scholars are among the preeminent leaders in their fields and have been carefully chosen for their professional training, excellence in musical performance and research, and pedagogical expertise. They are featured on many professional recordings and appear in prestigious concert venues around the world. Their compositions are premiered globally. Their scholarship is published in the leading research journals, books, and monographs in their disciplines. The School of Music also invites guest composers, conductors, and performing musicians to enhance its performances and to provide master classes, symposia, and clinics for students and the public. Many USF music alumni are currently performers in a variety of concert settings and successful teachers in public schools, colleges, and universities around the country in a variety of concert settings. The School of Music at USF offers the student the opportunity to study with distinguished faculty and to be in the company of other superior music students for an exciting and exacting period of study.The Master of Music degree provides students with an opportunity to pursue intense, focused study in their music specialty, coupled with a vigorous, balanced curriculum in music theory, music literature, and electives. Students in this program are mentored expertly by senior faculty and exhibit mastery of their specialty at the end of the course of study by way of appropriate capstone experiences, including recitals or theses and comprehensive examinations. The provisions and balance of these experiences comport precisely with the curriculum guidelines required by the national Association of Schools of Music.

Major Research Areas
Chamber Music, Choral Conducting, Composition, Jazz Studies, Instrumental Conducting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Pedagogy, Electronic Music


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 1
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Successful auditions and/or interviews are required for admission into chamber music, conducting, electro-acoustic music, performance, pedagogy, and theory programs. Approved portfolios are required for admission into composition (jazz or traditional).
  • Diagnostic tests in music theory and history must be taken before classes begin in the first semester. Based upon the scores, the music faculty may require remediation in one or both areas of study in order to qualify the student for permission to enroll in certain courses. Graduate review courses are offered each fall semester.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for the M.M. Degree program.
  • Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they applied and were admitted must receive permission from the Director of Graduate Studies in music to enroll in courses in the following semester(s). This procedure is to determine the availability of applied and academic courses in music.
  • An official undergraduate Transcript for a completed undergraduate degree in music (from an accredited program) is required with the application.
  • The overall Grade Point Average (GPA) for upper division credit hours must be at least 3.0 and the GPA for all music courses included in the undergraduate degree must be at least 3.0 International students must include copies of graduation Certificates and/or Diplomas (in addition to official transcripts) with their applications.
  • International students must have at least a score of 550 (or 213 for the computer version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or they must have completed English Language Institute (ELI) Level 4 or Level 5 and have passed the ELI Exit Assessment.
  • Credit hours earned in Music Certificate Programs at USF may be applied toward a master's degree.
  • M.M. students must successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination at the end of the program of study. Details regarding this examination may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Courses are subject to change. Summer and online courses may be offered. All inquiries should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.

Diagnostic Music Tests taken prior to classes in first term. Students may be required to enroll in a remedial history and/or theory course as a consequence of their scores.




CORE REQUIREMENTS (8 credit hours minimum)



Techniques of Research in Music & Music Education


In addition, students in all concentrations must choose 2 of the following 7 courses.


Analysis of 18th and 19th Century Music
Analysis of 20th Century Music
Twentieth Century Music Literature
Symphonic Literature
Critical Analysis/History
Intercultural Composers
Jazz Styles and Analysis


*NOTE: Music Theory majors must take both MUT 6545 & 6626. MUT 6665 is required for Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance majors.






Jazz Composition (4 credits; taken over two terms)
Seminar: Jazz Compositional Styles (2 credits; taken over two terms)
Ensemble (1 credit; taken over two terms)





Students complete sufficient electives in addition to the core and concentration requirements to complete the minimum of 30 hours required for the degree program. Depending on the Concentration, this ranges from 4 to 11 hours of electives, but may be more depending on the student's course selections.

Courses are subject to change. Summer and online courses may be offered. All inquiries should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies in Music.

Selection of Committee, including major professor (committee chair) and two other professors from varying concentrations in music with whom they have studied. One member must be from the academic area. The student and the committee must sign a contract available from the Director of Graduate Studies in Music at the beginning of the final term.

  • Written Examination
    1. Collection of examination questions by chair from committee members
    2. Presentation of questions to candidate with deadline of one week for completion (theory majors take a two-hour written examination.)
    3. Candidate submits questions and answers to chair one week before oral examination
  • Oral Examination (meeting for candidate and committee members scheduled by chair)
  • Final Recommendation with signatures presented to the Program Director of Graduate Studies in Music

The course outlines below are mandatory for the respective fields of study. Secondary applied music courses may be taken in conjunction with MUS 6976, Graduate Recital, if two semesters of four-credit hour major study have already been completed.

FINAL PROJECT (according to major area)

  • Composition(s) as required by composition faculty, or
  • Recital (includes recital approval hearing one to two weeks in advance of recital), or
  • Thesis (includes Oral Defense)
The responsibility for seeing that all graduation requirements are met rests with the student.






College Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

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