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Music: Jazz Studies (AA) Music Total Units: 57
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Term Effective: Spring 2015


The Music: Jazz Studies major provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts in Music while meeting the typical lower division requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at a four-year institution. The major is also designed to prepare students for careers in music performance, composition, publishing, education, and other specializations in the music industry.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. (through music theory) demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structure of music;
  2. (through musicianship) demonstrate fluency with the language of music in written and aural form;
  3. (through applied music) perform on their instrument (or voice) at college sophomore level;
  4. (through their major performing ensemble) perform effectively in a musical ensemble;
  5. (through piano proficiency) utilize the piano keyboard to demonstrate and apply musical concepts;
  6. (through music history) demonstrate a broad-based understanding of the historical and aesthetic development of music; and
  7. (through jazz improvisation) improvise on standard jazz repertoire.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Music: Jazz Studies (AA) program are:

  • Complete 57 units from
    • Music: Jazz Studies Core Requirements
    • Music: Jazz Studies Applied Music Requirements
    • Music: Jazz Studies Performance Requirements
    • Music: Jazz Studies Electives
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Music: Jazz Studies Core Requirements - complete 35.00 units
MUSC 2AMusic Theory 13.00
MUSC 2BMusic Theory 23.00
MUSC 3AMusicianship 12.00
MUSC 3BMusicianship 22.00
MUSC 4AJazz, Rock, and Pop Theory 13.00
MUSC 4BJazz, Rock, and Pop Theory 23.00
MUSC 9Jazz Appreciation3.00
MUSC 15Standards Repertoire for the Jazz Musician3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
MUSC 5AJazz Improvisation 13.00
MUSC 5BJazz Improvisation 23.00
MUSC 5CJazz Improvisation 33.00
MUSC 5DJazz Improvisation 43.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
MUSCP 11AClass Piano 12.00
MUSCP 11BClass Piano 22.00
MUSCP 11CClass Piano 32.00
MUSCP 11DClass Piano 42.00
Music: Jazz Studies Applied Music Requirements - complete 10.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 10.00 units from the following:
MUSCP 40.1Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Piano10.00
MUSCP 40.2Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Voice10.00
MUSCP 40.3Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Strings10.00
MUSCP 40.4Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Woodwind10.00
MUSCP 40.5Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Brass10.00
MUSCP 40.6Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Percussion10.00
MUSCP 40.7Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Guitar10.00
Music: Jazz Studies Performance Requirements - complete 10.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 10.00 units from the following:
MUSCP 24AVocal Jazz Ensemble 12.50
MUSCP 24BVocal Jazz Ensemble 22.50
MUSCP 24CVocal Jazz Ensemble 32.50
MUSCP 24DVocal Jazz Ensemble 42.50
MUSCP 32AJazz Band 12.50-4.00
MUSCP 32BJazz Band 22.50-4.00
MUSCP 32CJazz Band 32.50-4.00
MUSCP 32DJazz Band 42.50-4.00
MUSCP 42AJazz Combo Ensemble 12.50
MUSCP 42BJazz Combo Ensemble 22.50
MUSCP 42CJazz Combo Ensemble 32.50
MUSCP 42DJazz Combo Ensemble 42.50
Music: Jazz Studies Electives - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
MUSC 50Introduction to MIDI3.00
MUSCP 17AElementary Voice2.00
MUSCP 17BIntermediate Voice2.00
MUSCP 19ABeginning Guitar2.00
MUSCP 19BIntermediate Guitar2.00
MUSCP19.1AClassical Guitar 12.00
MUSCP19.1BClassical Guitar 22.00
MUSCP 23AChamber Singers 12.50
MUSCP 23BChamber Singers 22.50
MUSCP 23CChamber Singers 32.50
MUSCP 23DChamber Singers 42.50
MUSCP 30ASymphonic Band 12.50
MUSCP 30BSymphonic Band 22.50
MUSCP 30CSymphonic Band 32.50
MUSCP 30DSymphonic Band 42.50
MUSCP 33AOrchestra 12.50
MUSCP 33BOrchestra 22.50
MUSCP 33COrchestra 32.50
MUSCP 33DOrchestra 42.50
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Spring 2015

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Previous Versions:

Music: Jazz Studies - effective Fall 2013
Music: Jazz Studies - effective Summer 2012
Music: Jazz Studies - effective Fall 2009

Program Requirements Notes:

All music majors must complete a minimum of FOUR SEMESTERS of both Applied Music (MUSCP 40.x) and a major performance ensemble (see list above).

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Incoming Music Majors should have prior experience performing on an instrument or voice, and be able to read music. Students who lack these basic skills are advised to take one or more of the following:

  • MUSC 1 Music Fundamentals

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