D.M.A. - Jazz Studies Performance

Important Dates

For priority consideration for Graduate Assistantships and/or Fellowships, two deadlines must be met:

December 15, 2022

Completion of graduate applications for all degree programs/specializations

(The priority consideration deadline for Summer MM-Music Education fellowships is May 1, 2023)

 January 21, 2023

Deadline for completion of all required auditions

(Conducting auditions must be completed by January 27, 2023) 

Admission Criteria:

Begin by applying online at http://go.unl.edu/gradapp.

  1. Create an account.
  2. Complete your application.
  • You will be asked to upload scanned copies of your transcripts showing all postsecondary coursework completed, including all studies for which credit was granted (e.g. summer institutes such as Aspen or Interlochen). Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/admissions/requirements#transcripts. We require:       MM GPA = 3.25/4.00 scale.
  • Students whose native language is not English or who have not previously earned a degree from an institution at which English is the official medium of instruction must enter their TOEFL or IELTS score and upload a copy of their score report. Official scores should be sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international/english. We require: TOEFL iBT 100 or IELTS 7.0 overall band score.
  • You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. For each recommender, click the Submit Recommendation Request button to send a letter request to your reference writer. A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required; four recommendation letters are recommended.
  • You will need to submit any “Prepared Creative /Scholarly Materials Requirement” marked with an asterisks (*) below as part of the initial application process.
  1. Submit your application and pay the application fee of $50 ($25  if you are currently an active student at UNL). After you’ve clicked “Submit,” validated your information, and paid the application fee, you’ll receive a confirmation email indicating that the application was successfully submitted, and providing you with a link to submit information regarding your audition video (jazz studies performance) or your video or audio recording (jazz studies composition) and graduate assistant preferences.

Prepared Creative/Scholarly Materials Requirements:

* 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. (This statement will help the Committee evaluation the fit between the applicant’s goals/interests and the School’s ability to address those goals/interests.)

* 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 discuss 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).

To assist candidates in achieving success, the following requirements for the audition have been set by the area.  Please refer to the list below in planning your audition.

  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"

NOTE: 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.

Semester by Semester Plan

DMA Degree - Jazz Studies
8-10-10-12-10-10

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

DMA DEGREE - JAZZ STUDIES
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