Music at Aquinas College

Music Major with Jazz Emphasis (BA)

Major Requirements: Music Core - Forty-two (42) minimum semester hours plus nineteen (19) semester hours as below:

Required Courses:

  • MCTH102 Studio Recording I (2) AT
  • MCTH157 Jazz Improvisation (1)
  • MCAP323, 324 Jazz Piano Applications and Techniques I and II (1,1)
  • MCAP325-425 Jazz Piano; MCAP341-441 Jazz Voice; or MCAP351-451 Jazz Instrument Lessons (2,2,2)
  • MCTH371 Composing and Arranging for Jazz Ensemble (2)
  • MCEN371-472 Jazz Band (1,1,1,1)
  • MCTH415 Instrumentation and Orchestration (2)
  • Proficiency in Piano
  • Senior Graduation Recital (45 minutes)

Courses

  • MCTH102 Studio Recording 1 (2)

    A ‘hands on’ introduction to the basics of sound recording. This class provides the opportunity to work on a personal project, while gaining knowledge of and experience with audio equipment, including the Pro Tools audio workstation.

  • MCTH157, 257, 357, 457 Improvisation (1,1,1,1 )

    Jazz Theory: beginning, intermediate, and advanced techniques. Direct applications will be made to your own applied instrument/voice.

  • MCAP323, 324 Jazz Piano Applications and Techniques I and II (1,1)

    A two-semester course in jazz techniques and applications designed specifically for music education majors. Because the piano is the most comprehensive and immediate source of tonal harmony in all music, particularly jazz, the course will necessarily center on the piano techniques required to explore, direct and understand the specifics of jazz harmony as they apply to the musical structures and various styles found in jazz performance. Classes are taught in the AMC piano lab. Prerequisites: Successful completion (a grade of B- or higher) in MCAP123, 124; and in MCAP323 to advance to MCAP324.

  • MCAP125, 126, 225, 226, 325, 326, 425, 426 S3 Jazz Piano (2)

    Eight-semester sequence of private piano lessons at the college level. Repertoire will survey Jazz styles and development, increasing in demands as the semesters continue. Fee.

  • MCAP141, 142, 241, 242, 341, 342, 441, 442 Jazz Voice (2)

    Eight-semester sequence of private voice lessons at the college level. Repertoire will survey Jazz styles and development, increasing in demands as the semesters continue. Prerequisites: MCAP165/166. Fee.

  • MCAP151, 152, 251 252, 315, 352, 451, 452 Jazz Instrument (2)

    Eight-semester sequence of private instrument lessons at the college level. Repertoire will survey Jazz styles and development, increasing in demands as the semesters continue. Fee.

  • MCEN171, 172, 271, 272, 371, 372, 471, 472 Jazz Band (1 each) AP

    Standard and original jazz literature performed. Audition required.

  • MCTH415 Instrumentation/Orchestration (2)

    Through the study and application of a variety of integrative analytical models, the instrumentation/orchestration student will demonstrate competence in theirge ability to understand and express in verbal and written language, all facets under study of the various acoustic qualities of string, wind, and percussion instruments plus an understanding of the conventional pitch range, transposition, and most characteristic scoring practices applied to all the musical instruments belonging to the aforementioned instrumental groupings. Prerequisite: MCTH352.