What made Loyola decide to offer a Jazz Studies major?
The music program, and specifically the jazz division, has matured to the point where a new and more advanced curriculum is necessary to move forward and adequately prepare our students for graduate study or various professional careers in jazz and its related genres. Student interest is high, the applied music curriculum has expanded, new facilities in The Mundelein Center are nearly complete, and a world-class faculty is already in place. In the last two years the Loyola jazz program has distinguished itself mightily. The musicianship level of the Jazz Band has risen immeasurably and the jazz chamber ensemble program, developed out of student demand, grew from only two students in the spring of 2009 to twenty-one students within a year. The Jazz Band continues to be the featured entertainment at the annual Honors Program dinner at The Field Museum, and student ‘small groups’ are routinely booked to perform at important university events such as The Board of Trustees and Council of Regents annual Christmas dinner hosted by Father Michael Garanzini, The Capital Campaign Event, Faculty Convocation, Loyola Weekend, The Founder’s Dinner, and the Grand Opening of The School of Communications.
What are you hoping the Jazz Studies major will bring to Loyola and specifically to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts?
The Jazz Studies Concentration will attract a new population of highly dedicated and talented students to Loyola and elevate the level of not only our jazz ensembles, but of our music program as a whole. Ultimately it will enrich the cultural life of the campus and surrounding community while raising the profile of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
What is the biggest benefit to choosing each of these two new majors at Loyola?
In addition to the aforementioned items, we hope that more advanced and concentrated study will help our music program grow, more adequately prepare our students for graduate study and various careers, and soon lead to other concentrations. The requirements for a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Jazz Studies are similar to the general B.A. in Music degree (same total hours), but Jazz Studies students are required to take:
MUSC 256 Jazz Music History
MUSC 109 Jazz Ensemble (6 semesters)
MUSC 185 Jazz Improvisation I
MUSC 385 Jazz Improvisation II
MUSC 248 Jazz Composition and Arranging
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