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Curriculum: RJAM Undergraduates

Life isn’t an audition.

Any music school can make you a better player. Our interconnected courses are built to transform you intellectually, artistically, professionally, and individually. You’ll understand the roots of your music, freeing you to take it somewhere new. You’ll see how your training broadens your options, rather than narrowing them. You'll find your voice. And you'll enter the world with the same confidence you bring to the stage.

As an RJAM student, you’ll study with members of the SFJAZZ Collective, who form the core of our teaching faculty. You’ll also enjoy access to a vast array of world-class jazz artists in concerts and master classes. We’ll embrace a global, Afrocentric approach to the teaching of music theory and history. Most learning will occur in the context of small working ensembles, with multiple local and regional performance opportunities.

The RJAM Bachelor of Music experience embraces a weekly core of eight hours. Music history is customized to meet the needs of the developing jazz musician and is taught in a small class of 15 to 20 students. All other core skills, including improvisation, composition, and repertoire, are developed in the RJAM Seminar (your working ensemble), a comprehensive, sequential study of jazz styles through exposure to select jazz artists.

Jazz Fundamentals aims to introduce and develop skills in three areas including ear training for the jazz musician, jazz and commercial keyboard, and hand drumming and rhythms of the African Diaspora. African Roots of Jazz explores the African cultural lineage in American music, the aesthetics and performance practice of varying traditions of the African Diaspora in the Americas, and the preservation as well as the evolution of African music alongside its American descendants.

Applied study and access to a wide range of multi-disciplinary electives, including academic courses, round out the four-year bachelor's degree. Off campus, it is expected that students and their ensembles participate in the numerous opportunities provided through SFJAZZ and in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

Curriculum: Bachelor of Music in Roots, Jazz, and American Music
Credit Total: 136

Rec.

Course #/Title

Cr.

Private Instruction:

1st Yr.

PVL 100 Major Instruction

4

1st Yr.

PVL 100 Major Instruction

4

2nd Yr.

PVL 100 Major Instruction

4

2nd Yr.

PVL 100 Major Instruction

4

3rd Yr.

PVL 100 Major Instruction

4

3rd Yr.

PVL 100 Major Instruction

4

4th Yr.

PVL 100 Major Instruction

4

4th Yr.

PVL 100 Major Instruction

4

Keyboard Skills

1st Yr.

PRF 152 Jazz Fundamentals

1

1st Yr.

PRF 153 Jazz Fundamentals

1

2nd Yr.

PRF 154 Jazz Fundamentals

1

2nd Yr.

PRF 155 Jazz Fundamentals

1

Musicianship and Music Theory and History

1st Yr.

MMT 102 Musicianship

2

1st Yr.

MMT 103 Musicianship

2

1st Yr.

MMT 112 Theory

2

1st Yr.

MMT 113 Theory

2

2nd Yr.

MMT 104 Musicianship

2

2nd Yr.

MMT 105 Musicianship

2

2nd Yr.

MMT 114 Theory

2

2nd Yr.

MMT 115 Theory

2

3rd Yr.

MMT xxx Applied Theory/Arranging/Composition

2

3rd Yr.

MMT xxx Applied Theory/Arranging/Composition

2

4th Yr.

MMT xxx Applied Theory/Arranging/Composition

2

4th Yr.

MMT xxx Applied Theory/Arranging/Composition

2

Humanities and Sciences

1st Yr.

HMS 110 Approaches to College Writing

3

1st Yr.

HMS 111 Approaches to College Writing

3

2nd Yr.

HMS 202 Intro to Western Civilization

3

2nd Yr.

HMS 203 Intro to Western Civilization

3

2nd-4th

HMS 302-399 (Literature): HMS

3

2nd-4th

HMS 402-479 (Hist/Phil): HMS

3

2nd-4th

HMS 210-599: HMS

3

2nd-4th

HMS 210-599: HMS

3

2nd-4th

HMS 210-599: HMS

3

2nd-4th

HMS 210-599: HMS

3

Music History and Literature (12 credits)

1st Yr.

MHL 212: African Roots of Jazz

2

1st Yr.

MHL 213: African Roots of Jazz

2

2nd Yr.

MHL 202-204

2

3rd Yr.

MHL 400-599 or MMT 252 or 253

3

4th Yr.

Other MHL 400-599/MMT 200-299 Courses

3

TAC(2 Credits required)/Professional Development (4 credits required)

1st Yr.

PDV 200 Professional Fundamentals

1

1st Yr.

PDV 202 Finance for Musicians

1

2nd-4th

PDV

1

2nd-4th

PDV

1

2nd-4th

TAC

2

Ensembles

1st Yr.

ENS - RJAM Seminar

3

1st Yr.

ENS - RJAM Seminar

3

2nd Yr.

ENS - RJAM Seminar

3

2nd Yr.

ENS - RJAM Seminar

3

3rd Yr.

ENS - RJAM Seminar

3

3rd Yr.

ENS - RJAM Seminar

3

4th Yr.

ENS - RJAM Seminar

3

4th Yr.

ENS - RJAM Seminar

3

Electives
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799 and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL & PDV series not used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.

3rd Yr.

PDV, TAC, MHL, MMT or other

2

4th Yr.

PDV, TAC, MHL, MMT or other

2

Juries and Recitals

1st Yr.

JRFR Freshman Jury

 

2nd Yr.

JRSO Sophomore Jury

 

3rd Yr.

JRJU Junior Jury

 

4th Yr.

JRSN Senior Jury

 

4th Yr.

RCTSN Senior Recital

 

Winter Term

 

Project Year

 

 

Project Year

 

 

Project Year