D.M.A. - Jazz Studies Performance

Important Dates

For priority consideration for funding (GTAs or fellowships), Graduate Applications must be completed by:

January 15th, 2019

(All Degrees Programs)

April 1st, 2019

(Summer MM-Music Educ ONLY)

Preferred graduate audition days:

February 8, 2019

Jazz auditions

February 9, 2019

All other graduate auditions, except conducting; conducting auditions will be arranged by the faculty

Submissions will be reviewed starting on January 15, 2019.

Admission Criteria:

  • M.M. GPA = 3.25/4.00 scale
  • Successful audition
  • Evidence of scholarly writing ability
  • Evidence of fit between the applicant's goals/interests and the School's ability to address those goals/interests
  • (For International Students Only) TOEFL minimum=Paper-600 Internet-100 (IELTS 7.0)

Supporting Materials

For D.M.A. Jazz Studies Performance applicants these materials include:

  • Submit required writing samples (details below)


Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

Apply to the Glenn Korff School of Music through G.A.M.E.S. application at: games.unl.edu
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. Then for each one you must click the send request button to notify your reference writer.
  • Submit required writing samples (details below)
  • Schedule an interview/audition (date selected within G.A.M.E.S.)
Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials:  
Two required writing examples (submitted in G.A.M.E.S.)
  • Submit a statement of purpose (500-700 words; Times, 12-point font; Word, rtf or pdf format; double-spaced). Statement should be written by the applicant describing his/her future goals and how the D.M.A. can help attain those goals.
  • Submit a written exercise (Times, 12-point font; Word, rtf or pdf format; double-spaced). This writing example should be of one of two kinds. It may be an academic term paper of yours, complete with citations and bibliography. Alternatively, you may submit an essay written specifically for this application, for which you select two compositions performed, conducted or originally composed from a recent Master's or Doctoral recital that represent different historical periods or contrasting styles/genres. In this newly written essay you should discuss the characteristics of style and form in each composition, and iscuss each composer's contribution to THIS PARTICULAR GENRE OF MUSIC (i.e., discuss additional compositions, historical and/or theoretical significance of contribution, or compare/contrast your composition to well-known compositions of a similar genre or style).
Each writing example must include this honor code statement at the beginning of the essay:"On my honor, I have not received any unauthorized aid on this essay." Applicants' essays will also be subjected to random plagiarism software checks. Any violations of the honor code statement or evidence of plagiarism will result in the candidate's application portfolio being withdrawn from further consideration.

Jazz Studies (Performance) Audition Information

To assist candidates in achieving success, the following requirements have been set by the area.  Please refer to the list below in knowing how to prepare.

  1. American Popular/Jazz Standard that utilizes common ii-V-I progressions (such as:  All the Things You Are, Have You Met Mrs. Jones, Stella By Starlight)
  2. Blues (using common ii-V-I progressions or "Bird Blues") in the key of your choice
  3. A selection based on "Rhythm Changes"


Semester by Semester Plan
DMA Degree - Jazz Studies

Note 1: This plan assumes that the student has completed 30 hours of transfer credit that is applicable toward the degree.
Note 2: Any semester which exceeds 9 hours of coursework could be reduced if hours were taken in a summer session.
Note 3: Not shown=2 semesters of chamber music, and for most 3 semesters of large ensemble
Note 4: This plan assumes 6 hours of graduate jazz history credit that is applicable toward the degree

Fall 1 Spring 1

MUAP/MUCP 983. Applied Music/Composition (4)
MUSC 881. Bibliography (1)
MUSC 865. Jazz  Theory (3)
MUSC 99. Doctoral Colloquium (0) 

MUAP/MUCP 983. Applied Music/Composition (4)
MUSR 998. Recital (3)
MUSC 868. Jazz Pedagogy (3)
MUSC 99 Doctoral Colloquium (0)

Fall 2 Spring 2

MUAP/MUCP 983. Applied Music/Composition (4)
MUSC 9--. Theory or History Sem (3) 
MUSC977. Performance Practice (3)
MUSR 98. Recital (0)
MUSC 99. Doctoral Colloquium (0)

MUAP/MUCP 983. Applied Music/Composition (4)
MUSR 998. Recital (2)
MUED 992. College Teaching in Music (3)
MUSC 99. Doctoral Colloquium (0)
MUSC 867. Improvisation (3)

Fall 3 Spring 3

MUAP/MUCP 983. Applied Music/Composition (4)
MUSR 98. Recital (0)
MUSC 8/9  Music History (3)
MUSR 898. Special Topics: Jazz Arranging (3)
Comprehensive Exams & Document Proposal completed by Nov. 1

MUAP/MUCP 983. Applied Music/Composition (4)
MUSR 998. Lecture Recital (3)
MUSC 999. Doctoral Document (3)


 For more information about the Jazz Studies program visit here