University of Minnesota Duluth
 
 

Undergraduate Studies

Bachelor of Music Degree

B.M. Jazz Studies

Career Outlook
Colleges and universities everywhere have come to the understanding that jazz music and related forms represent an important contribution to the musical culture of the world. The innovators of jazz have been uniquely American. With this in mind, UMD's School of Fine Arts and Department of Music have committed energy and resources to jazz as an American Art form. The Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Jazz Studies prepares the student for a career in jazz and contemporary music. The curriculum will make students aware of the rapid changes in vocational possibilities for the contemporary musician. Students will participate in performance ensembles and additional coursework which will develop skills in composing, arranging, analyzing, and teaching of jazz music. Other career possibilities include performance in theatres, nightclubs, tour bands, service bands, radio and television.

Educational Preparation
The Jazz Studies degree program mainstreams jazz students into the existing music program, building upon a core curriculum in music which includes theory, history, literature, and applied study. The students majoring in Jazz Studies will specialize in jazz-related topics to prepare them for graduate-level professional training or professional engagements. Course offerings include: applied jazz lessons, jazz theory, jazz arranging and composition, jazz improvisation, jazz pedagogy, jazz literature, music industry and jazz history.

Opportunities for Performance
Instrumental: UMD's bands include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, and the Bulldog Pep Bands. There is a full symphony orchestra as well as a chamber orchestra. The jazz bands include Jazz Ensemble I, which has won Midwest competitions, several other jazz ensembles, a guitar ensemble, and a number of jazz combos. Jazz ensemble 1 has a strong history of performance excellence, including several award winning efforts. The annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival provides the opportunity for students to perform and work with internationally renowned jazz artists. Past clinicians have included Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Foster, Rufus Reid, Bobby Shew, Jim McNeely, Freddie Hubbard, Steve Turre, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, and Claudio Roditi.

Vocal: UMD vocal ensembles include the University Singers, which tours internationally, Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Opera Workshop, which presents a full opera production in the spring with orchestra.

Other Performance Opportunities: Auditions are open for both vocal and instrumental performers in UMD Theatre's musical productions. Selected UMD music majors also perform in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus, the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble or the Big Time Jazz Orchestra. Vocal students often participate in the church choirs of the community.

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B.M. Music Education

Career Outlook
The Bachelor of Music degree with a major in music education provides students with the knowledge, skills, and musicianship to become a vital, contributing music educator. Within the music education major, students can choose a vocal music or instrumental music teaching emphasis, which prepares the student for many career possibilities: as a general music specialist in the elementary school, as a junior or senior high band, orchestra, or choral director in both public and parochial schools. With the addition of graduate study, our alumni have had great success in attaining teaching positions in colleges and universities.

Educational Preparation
Building upon a core curriculum in music which includes theory, history and literature, ensemble performance, and applied study, the student majoring in music education will also complete a a block of education courses which leads to Minnesota Licensure (K-12). Students are placed in area schools prior to student teaching to help them make certain a teaching career is for them. Specialized study in conducting, classroom methods and instrumental or choral techniques develops fundamental skills and leads students to a thorough understanding of the unique personal and teacher-qualities needed for a rewarding career as K-12 music educators.

Opportunities for Performance
Instrumental: UMD's bands include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, and the Bulldog Pep Bands. There is a full symphony orchestra as well as a chamber orchestra. The jazz bands include Jazz Ensemble I, which has won Midwest competitions, several other jazz ensembles, a guitar ensemble, and a number of jazz combos. Jazz ensemble 1 has a strong history of performance excellence, including several award winning efforts. The annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival provides the opportunity for students to perform and work with internationally renowned jazz artists. Past clinicians have included Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Foster, Rufus Reid, Bobby Shew, Jim McNeely, Freddie Hubbard, Steve Turre, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, and Claudio Roditi.

Vocal: UMD vocal ensembles include the University Singers, which tours internationally, Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Opera Workshop, which presents a full opera production in the spring with orchestra.

Other Performance Opportunities: Auditions are open for both vocal and instrumental performers in UMD Theatre's musical productions. Selected UMD music majors also perform in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus, the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble or the Big Time Jazz Orchestra. Vocal students often participate in the church choirs of the community.

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B.M. Performance

Career Outlook
The Bachelor of Music degree with a major in performance prepares the student for careers in a variety of fields. Students majoring in instrumental performance may find employment in symphony orchestras, professional chamber ensembles, one of the armed forces bands or jazz bands; performance opportunities such as theatres, nightclubs, tour bands, cruise ships,; and teaching opportunities in colleges, universities, and private studios. Students majoring in vocal performance find employment possibilities on the classical stage (solo concerts, oratorio, opera), the modern stage (musical theatre, vocal jazz, popular), the recording or commercial studio, in radio or television, or as a church soloist. They also may wish to teach in a college, university, or private studio. Students majoring in Piano Performance will find many collaborative career opportunities in accompanying, in opera, church, theater, ballet, or in countless entertainment venues. Some pianists may wish to pursue a career as a soloist. Organ Performance majors will usually seek a church position. Both majors lead to many possibilities of teaching at the college or university level as well as in the private studio.

Educational Preparation
Building upon a core curriculum in music which includes theory, history and literature, ensemble performance, and applied study, students majoring in music performance will spend many hours of practice in order to develop the skills and musicianship necessary for outstanding performance. At UMD, students will perform often in ensembles, in informal recitals and group classes and in formal recitals. Most performance majors will attend graduate school to further develop their performance abilities. At UMD, students will perform in frequent informal group classes, informal recitals, and in formal recitals.

Opportunities for Performance
Instrumental: UMD's bands include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, and the Bulldog Pep Bands. There is a full symphony orchestra as well as a chamber orchestra. The jazz bands include Jazz Ensemble I, which has won Midwest competitions, several other jazz ensembles, a guitar ensemble, and a number of jazz combos. Jazz ensemble 1 has a strong history of performance excellence, including several award winning efforts. The annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival provides the opportunity for students to perform and work with internationally renowned jazz artists. Past clinicians have included Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Foster, Rufus Reid, Bobby Shew, Jim McNeely, Freddie Hubbard, Steve Turre, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, and Claudio Roditi.

Vocal: UMD vocal ensembles include the University Singers, which tours internationally, Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Opera Workshop, which presents a full opera production in the spring with orchestra.

Other Performance Opportunities: Auditions are open for both vocal and instrumental performers in UMD Theatre's musical productions. Selected UMD music majors also perform in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus, the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble or the Big Time Jazz Orchestra. Vocal students often participate in the church choirs of the community.

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B.M. Theory-Composition

Career Outlook
The Bachelor of Music degree with a major in theory-composition prepares the student for careers as composers and music theorists. Over the course of the four-year program, the student will be engaged in courses that were designed to emphasize a deep exploration of the aesthetics and techniques that can help develop their individual creative thought and provide direction for further study. Students meet in forums for peer and instructor critique and work towards public performances of their music.

Educational Preparation
Unique to our program is the New Music Festival, an annual program featuring guest performers that specialize in contemporary music from across the country and around the world. Students have the opportunity to compose pieces specifically for these groups and receive professional-level performances of their works in a reading workshop/recording session. By the time most theory-composition students graduate, they have a portfolio of three or four recordings of their ensemble pieces. Also, many of our students have had works performed by the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra through their student composer competition. Instructor-led preparation for all of these opportunities, in addition to the core curriculum of harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, form and analysis, and ensemble participation and studio lessons will prepare the student for an active career as a composer and/or prepare them for further academic studies.

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Bachelor of Arts

Music

The Bachelor of Arts Degree is designed to provide students with a broad and comprehensive understanding of music within a liberal arts context.  Students will combine the major with a minor or second major in another academic field to create a truly unique and personalized academic program.  This degree offers students many career options in music and/or related fields (e.g. arts administration, private studio teaching, or studio musicianship).  Students may also continue to explore music study at the graduate level.

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Music Minor

Jazz Studies

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Music

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