Academics | Faculties | RAMEZ G. CHAGOURY FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, ARTS, AND DESIGN | Department of Music | Bachelor of Arts in Music and Musicology - Jazz Music | NDU

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The Department of Music and Musicology at Notre Dame University-Louaize aims to prepare students to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music. It offers a comprehensive quality education that fosters excellence in scholarship and the opportunity to develop competence and expertise in the areas of music, history, theory, analysis, and composition. Students will acquire additional skills such as critical thinking, performance, interpretation, improvisation, and creativity. Its curriculum follows the American model of liberal arts education.


Jazz music was the musical phenomenon that combined American, African, and First Nations music and heritage. Developed in the American Continent, it spread around the world. It became evident that such a rich form of music was able to touch a great number of music lovers and scholars at an international level. It is a musical art with its own language, rhythms, and harmony, excelling in its creative improvisation. Our students will become knowledgeable with the masters of such art including composers, performers, and schools.


Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Musicology program are tailored to the needs of students who wish to have a successful career in the music industry, in particular to:

  1. 1.Understand the historical musical styles, compositional techniques, and performance practices of various style periods.
  2. 2.Recognize the scales and modes of the music literature.
  3. 3.Understand the language of different instruments of the orchestra.
  4. 4.Implement original musical ideas to imagination.
  5. 5.Use new technologies when writing music.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Musicology, students will:

  1. 1.Demonstrate the ability to prepare, compose, arrange in both classic and Jazz music.
  2. 2.Perform a recital by applying specialized skills and techniques of music performance on each student’s major instrument or voice.
  3. 3.Relate music to different sisters’ disciplines.
  4. 4.Demonstrate strong skills in improvisation, performance of various styles of jazz, and a basic knowledge of jazz history.
  5. 5.Conclude using critical thinking on findings in musicology.


Admission Requirements

Prior to admission, applicants will be subject to a practical evaluation, which covers instrument, voice, and musical background. Students with no piano background will have to take Applied Instrumental and Vocal Piano MUS 211 and MUS 221, as a remedial with the option to add another instrument. All first-year applicants must complete the Admission Requirements.



Graduation Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a student must complete a total of 99 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 in all Core and Major Courses. Any major course with a grade of less than “C” must be repeated. The 99 credits necessary for graduation are divided as follows:


Liberal Arts Curriculum (30cr.)

Major Requirements (36cr.)

Free Electives (6cr.)

Students interested in becoming entrepreneurs and growing their business ideas are advised to take as a free elective ENT 302 Entrepreneurship: Launching New Ventures. Students interested in pursuing an MBA are advised to take two of the following courses as free electives: MGT620, MGT630, MRK620, PRM625, PRM635 or PRM645. Note that these courses will be counted towards obtaining the MBA degree.

Suggested Program

Fall Semester Year I (14cr.)
MUS 211 Applied Music Instrumental or Vocal I
1 cr.
Musicology I 3 cr. 
Arabic Music Theory: Maqamat and Genres I 3 cr.
311 Jazz Sight Singing, Ear Training and Rhythmic Analysis I 1 cr.

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
    Free Elective 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year I (17cr.)
MUS 215 Musicology II 3 cr.
Applied Music Instrumental or Vocal II 1 cr. 
Musical Forms I 3 cr.
282 Methodology of Music/Research
3 cr.
Jazz Sight Singing, Ear Training and Rhythmic Analysis II 1 cr.
MUJ 324 History and Analysis of Jazz Music I
2 cr.
MUJ 342 Jazz Theory I
1 cr.
    Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
Summer Session Year I (6cr.)

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
6 cr.
Fall Semester Year II (16cr.)
MUS 216 Musicology III 3 cr.
MUS 228 History and Analysis of Western Music: Medieval - Baroque - Classical Period 3 cr.
MUS 246 Musical Forms II 3 cr.
MUS 331 Applied Music Instrumental or Vocal III 1 cr.
MUJ 325 History and Analysis of Jazz Music II 2 cr.
MUJ 345 Afro-Cuban Music and Percussion  2 cr.
MUJ 352 Jazz Theory II 2 cr.
Spring Semester Year II (15cr.)
MUS 229 History and Analysis of Western Music Romantic - Post Romantic - 20th Century and Contemporary Music 3 cr.
MUS 247 Musical Forms III 3 cr.
MUS 341 Applied Music Instrumental or Vocal IV 1 cr.
MUJ 357 Latin American Music 2 cr.
MUJ 411 Jazz Sight Singing, Ear Training and Rhythmic Analysis III 1 cr.
MUJ 434 History and Analysis of Jazz Music III 2 cr.

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)  3 cr.
Summer Session Year II (6cr.)

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
6 cr.
Fall Semester Year III (14cr.)
MUS 441 Applied Music Instrumental or Vocal V 1 cr.
MUJ 422 Jazz Sight Singing, Ear Training and Rhythmic Analysis IV 1 cr.
MUJ 435 History and Analysis of Jazz Music IV 2 cr.
MUJ 474 Jazz Ensemble I 1 cr.
MUJ 485 Jazz Arranging I 2 cr.
MUJ 494 Advanced Re-harmonization I  1 cr.

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
6 cr.
Spring Semester year III (11cr.)
MUS 451 Applied Music Instrumental or Vocal VI 1 cr.
MUJ 475 Jazz Ensemble II 1 cr.
MUJ 486 Jazz Arranging II 1 cr.
MUJ 495 Advanced Re-harmonization II 1 cr.

Free Electives 6 cr.


Total 99 Credits
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