Masters degrees in Jazz equip students with the skills to analyse, interpret and compose a variety of Jazz performances and genres.
Taught MA and MMus (Master of Music) programmes are typical for the field. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Music.
A Masters in this field is an ideal way to boost your skills in musical Jazz techniques, as well as your overall knowledge of the historical and sociocultural influences of Jazz.
Through examinations of critical literature and performances, you will scrutinise a range of traditional and reformed Jazz styles, including blues, contemporary practices and ‘theatrical’ Jazz for stage performances and other art forms.
Consideration is also given to adaptations and interpretations of different styles into Jazz, across different time periods and cultures. You will usually interpret these adaptations into your own work, allowing you to appreciate the crossovers and similarities between different Jazz genres. You will also learn about the industry, particularly its global economic stance and historical development.
Careers can involve not only performance, but roles in theatre management and directing of live and recorded performances.