The success of our undergraduate jazz program, the outstanding credentials of our current faculty, access to internationally renowned jazz performers and teachers, the availability of new technologies, and the low cost of graduate tuition at UAM are the foundation of the Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree. The Master of Music in Jazz Studies degree is available to qualified distance learners throughout the United States and beyond. Such individuals include public school band directors looking to enhance their credentials and their abilities to instruct students in jazz studies, jazz musicians and scholars seeking graduate credentials in order to become employed as instructors at a university and jazz performers seeking enhancement of their talents and skills in order to find steady employment in various venues whether live or in studio.

Program Description

All students will start in July with the Gateway Residency and will complete the program the following July in the Capstone Residency. All students will follow the curriculum below:

Summer Term

Jazz Gateway Residency

Fall Semester

Private Lesson
Jazz History
Jazz Pedagogy

Spring Semester

Private Lesson
Jazz Theory and Arranging
Jazz Improvisation

Summer Term 2

Jazz Capstone Residency

Total required hours: 30

12 hours in residence during two summer terms
18 hours online fall and spring semesters

Time Frame: One calendar year-July to July

Course Descriptions:

Jazz Gateway Residency (Required)

Two week summer session covering performance training, jazz education, reinforcement of jazz improvisation and theory, private lessons and music employment seminar sessions presented by UAM staff, part-time faculty, and world class jazz musicians. This residency includes participation in small combos focusing on the preparation and memorization of standard tunes, jazz classics, and contemporary music. Aesthetic issues as well as practical 'on the job' considerations are emphasized. Prerequisites: Admittance to graduate program

Jazz Capstone Residency (Required)

Two week summer session which requires completion of the Gateway residency as well as a written comprehensive exam in which the students must demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of their field of study and a public recital or performance of 2-3 songs of varying styles on the UAM campus with the faculty ensemble. Song selection and ensemble musicians are at the discretion of the instructing faculty.

*Curriculum for the Master of Music in Jazz Studies Program is subject to change at the discretion of the administration and the educational system of the University of Arkansas.

Application Checklist

  • Bachelors of Music Degree or at least 18 credit hours in one of the following areas:
    a. Performance
    b. Education
    c. Jazz(Instruments include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums)
  • Competency on at least one of the instruments listed above
     (Will be determined at the discretion of the instructing faculty)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Three part recorded audition:
    a. Two contrasting standard jazz tunes with head and improvisation
    b. Specific jazz scales and modes
    c. A jazz tune of the applicant's choice.

Please note that the G.R.E. exam is NOT required for admission into the program.

*Prerequisites for the Master of Music in Jazz Studies Program are subject to change at the discretion of the administration and the educational system of the University of Arkansas.

Please wait to apply to the UAM Graduate Program until after you have received an acceptance into the program.

Contact Information

University of Arkansas at Monticello Department of Music
Phone: 870-460-1060
Fax: 870-460-1260

Mailing Address:
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Division of Music
UAM Box 3607
Monticello, AR 71656

Physical Address:
Division of Music
372 University Drive
Monticello, Arkansas 71656

Email:

C.E. Askew, Percussion Instructor: askew@uamont.edu
Les Pack, Theory/Guitar Instructor: pack@uamont.edu
Don Marchand, Low Brass Instructor: marchand@uamont.edu
Gary Meggs, Jazz Bands, Saxophone Instructor: meggs@uamont.edu
John Webb, Brass Instructor: webb@uamont.edu

Faculty & Staff Information