Jazz Piano, BM

Offered in: Chicago

It is the goal of the Jazz and Contemporary Music program to produce graduates who are improvisers and creators of the highest caliber, and who are ready to compete professionally or continue their studies at an advanced level.

The program's objectives are to:

  • Help each student realize her or his unique voice as a performer and as an arranger/composer.
  • Develop students' historical and practical understanding of the musical language of jazz idioms and the evolution of jazz styles.
  • Develop musicianship skills and performing ability so that students are able to conceive and execute musical ideas in a variety of performing situations.
  • Foster habits and ideals of social justice consistent with Roosevelt University's mission and the "democratic" aspects of jazz itself.

The jazz combo sequence is designed so that each group is devoted to a particular style emphasis. Assignments rotate each semester so that over the course of the degree, students will acquire a foundation in the most crucial styles of jazz and learn important repertory and composers associated with each, through the experience of creating stylistically-faithful improvisations.

Technical and repertory requirements for each semester of applied study are published in the Music Conservatory Handbook. These intensify as the student progresses through the program, culminating in the senior recital, which displays the student's creativity, musical and technical abilities, understanding of the historical context and significance of the music being presented, as well as preparation, rehearsal, and leadership skills.

Admission requirements

Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for the Jazz and Contemporary Music audition requirements. 

Requirements

C- is the minimum passing grade in PIA 271 JAZZ PIANO, PIA 272 JAZZ PIANO, and PIA 273 JAZZ PIANO. At the completion of the student's second year he/she must receive a minimum grade of B- in PIA 274 JAZZ PIANO to be admitted to the upper division. The grade of B- is the minimum passing grade in upper division applied study, PIA 371 JAZZ PIANO through PIA 374 JAZZ PIANO .

A grade lower than C- in any JAZZ course will be considered a failing grade.

Required Courses

General Studies
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Non-Music Elective Courses9
Non-Music Elective Courses in African/African-American Studies or U.S. History6
Major Area
Large Jazz Ensemble8
ENS 236JAZZ COMBO8
PIA 271- PIA 374 Jazz Piano Major32
JAZZ 230IMPROVISATION2
JAZZ 305COMPOSITION & ARRANGING I3
JAZZ 306COMPOSITION & ARRANGING II3
JAZZ 310JAZZ FORUM0 (eight semesters)
Supportive Courses in Music
JAZZ 210JAZZ THEORY I3
JAZZ 211ESSENTIALS OF JAZZ I2
JAZZ 212ESSENTIAL OF JAZZ I2
JAZZ 215JAZZ THEORY II3
JAZZ 245UNDERSTANDING DRUMS AND BASS2
JAZZ 350INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC BUSINESS2
JAZZ 360JAZZ PEDAGOGY2
MUHL 210VERNACULAR MUSIC OF THE UNTIED STATES3
MUHL 251HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I3
MUHL 252HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II3
MUHL 253HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III3
MUSC 121A
MUSC 121B
MUSICIANSHIP I:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:AURAL SKILLS
3
MUSC 122A
MUSC 122B
MUSICIANSHIP II:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:AURAL SKILLS
3
MUSC 221A
MUSC 221B
MUSICIANSHIP III:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSCIANSHIP III:AURAL SKILLS
3
MUSC 222A
MUSC 222B
MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS
3
Total credit hours120