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Jazz Studies in The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz


The Jazz Studies major, founded by American jazz saxophone great Jackie McLean, is one of the nation's top programs in jazz music. Under the tutelage of Hartt's jazz faculty, who are also active performers, students are given the opportunity to perform continually throughout their undergraduate career.


The program focuses on the jazz and African-American idioms, and includes special courses on improvisation, music history, jazz transcriptions, and arranging. Students interact with internationally recognized jazz musicians in their weekly classes, and through special workshops and master class opportunties. Students find additional inspiration in the unique cultural relationship the school has with Hartford's community-based "Artists Collective," an organization dedicated to the promotion of African and Caribbean art forms.

Recent masterclasses have featured such world-renowned jazz artists as Hank Jones, Randy Weston, Curtis Fuller, Eddie Henderson, Randy Johnston (Hartt Master Teacher), Christian McBride, Larry Willis, Wynton Marsalis, Dena DeRose, Harold Mabern, Tony Reedus, Don Sickler, Cedar Walton, Cecil Payne, Slide Hampton, Benny Green, John Lee, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, Joe Farnsworth, Barry Harris, Yusef Lateef, Jimmy Heath, One For All, and Hartt Alumni Abraham Burton, Mike DiRubbo, and Jimmy Greene.



First Year

Subject code Course Title

Credits Credits
Sem. 1 Sem. 2
  Instrumental Study 4 4
AFR 131 African-American Music 1890-1945 3 -
AFR 132 African-American Music 1945 to Present - 3
AFR 242, 243 Repertory Building 1 1
APC 122 - 123 Piano-Keyboard Class 2 2
TH 111 - 112 Diatonic-Chromatic Harmony 2 2
TH 120 - 121 Elementary Ear Training I - II 2 2
RPW 110 - 111 Reading and Writing I - II 3 3
HLM 020 Information Literacy in the Performing Arts 0 -
MUS 110, 111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
ENS 402, 403 Jazz Combo Ensemble 1 1
Total Credits 18 .5 18.5

Second Year

  Instrumental Study 4 4
AFR 220-221 Jazz Keyboard Class 2 2
AFR 222-223 Jazz Transcription I-II 1 1
AFR 242, 243 Repertory Building 1 1
AFR 342-343 Arranging (Jazz Styles) 2 2
HLM 212 Music History: Perspectives on Music History 3 -
HLM 213 Music History: Classicism to the Present - 3
AUC All-University Curriculum 3 3
MUS 110, 111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
ENS 402, 403 Jazz Combo Ensemble 1 1
Total Credits 17 .5 17.5

Third Year

  Instrumental Study 4 4
AFR 110-111 Jazz Improvisational Devices 1 1
AFR 242, 243 Repertory Building 1 1
Academic Electives 3 3
AUC All-University Curriculum 3 3
ES 562 Acoustics for Musicians 3 -
ENS 402, 403 Jazz Combo Ensemble 1 1
Total Credits 16 13

Fourth Year

  Instrumental Study 4 4
AFR 242, 243 Repertory Building 1 1
AFR 321 Core Course - 3
AFT 410 Senior Project 3 -
MPT 450 Sound Technology I 3 -
Academic Elective - 3
Mathematics Elective 3 -
ENS 402, 403 Jazz Combo Ensemble 1 1
REC 440 Recital - 0
Total Credits 15 12


Note: Students are required to demonstrate continued improvement in their performance and improvisation skills. Failure to demonstrate progress for two consecutive semesters may result in removal from the major.

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