Recognized as one of Canada's top jazz training institutions, CapU's Jazz Studies programs foster your abilities in jazz performance, composition and music education in the context of an enriched liberal arts education.
The Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies - Education is a four-year degree that prepares music educators with a core practice in jazz performance and composition in balance with other musical traditions.
If you plan to teach music at primary or secondary levels, this degree will provide you with the musical and pedagogical skills to make a smooth transition to a teaching certification program.
- Perform, improvise, compose, and collaborate fluently in a variety of jazz idioms.
- Communicate their musical ideas, knowledge, and experiences with others.
- Research, discuss, analyze, and notate music of a sophisticated harmonic, rhythmic, and formal character.
- Remember and assimilate a wide range of music for use in jazz performance and composition.
- Integrate theoretical concepts with practical performance, improvisation, and composition skills.
- Produce scholarly work that shows a firm contextual understanding of music theory and history.
- Exercise self-discipline and a strong work ethic in the development of performance and composition skills.
English language requirements
English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.
If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.
- High school graduation
Auditions include performance, aural skills assessment, sight-reading assessment, and music theory assessment.
Total program credits: 130.00
Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.
Continuation Requirement: To maintain satisfactory standing, all Jazz Studies students must be enrolled in a full-time course of study (at least nine credit hours) that includes a reasonable number of courses specific to their major (normally three) and must achieve a term grade point average above 1.8.
Continuation Requirement: To continue from year three to year four, a student must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.
Students whose primary instrument is piano are required to complete 2.0 credits of Secondary PMI in lieu of JAZZ 116 and 117. Students with extensive training in piano may be allowed to take 2.0 credits of Secondary PMI in lieu of JAZZ 116 and 117 subject to Department approval.
Students whose primary instrument is the drum set or a mallet percussion instrument must have 3.0 credits of Percussion Ensemble in order to graduate.
Elective credits for the degree must include a minimum of 3 credits designated as Quantitative/Analytical.
Placement in ENSJ courses will be determined by the department following an audition in the first week of classes.
A maximum of 4 credits of ENSM courses may be used as credit for the degree. Students choosing ENSM rather than ENSJ courses will be taking 2.0 credits per semester rather than 1.5 credits and therefore will graduate with more credits by the end of their program.
Students who intend to continue to teacher training at UBC or elsewhere must consult with those programs to be sure their breadth elective, ENSJ, and ENSM choices meet the current requirements for either primary or secondary school teacher training programs.