• Jazz Studies

    Capilano University offers a two-year diploma and a four-year Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

    Start your education on a high note

    All students receive private training with applied instructors

    Time to Improvise

    Our jazz ensembles perform music that explores virtually all styles and eras of jazz.

    Taking the stage

    Students perform in small and large ensemble bands throughout their studies.

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Jazz Studies

  • Fall 2018 Auditions are scheduled for May 2, 3, 4, 2018. Applications for Jazz Studies are part of the standard Capilano University application process. Please click "how to apply" for detailed information and support with your application. All 2018 applicants will be contacted. Stay tuned! 

    Recognized nation-wide as one of Canada's top jazz training institutions, Capilano offers a two-year diploma and a four-year applied degree in jazz studies. Please note the diploma constitutes the first two years of the four-year degree.

    The two-year Diploma program is intended to provide its students with the skills necessary to develop careers as self-employed professionals in the contemporary music industry. Students who complete the Diploma and meet admission requirements can continue to year three of the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree.

    The four-year Degree program focuses on jazz performance and composition in balance with other musical traditions and academic breadth electives to provide an enriched music education. For those who wish to pursue music as self-employed professionals, teach music in the schools, or continue their musical development at the graduate level, it is a unique and attractive option. Capilano Jazz Studies graduates have an excellent record of national and international success as performers and composers and as teachers at primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.

    Mission Statement

    The Capilano University Jazz Studies Program seeks to foster students' comprehensive abilities in jazz performance and composition within the context of an enriched liberal arts education. Our goal is to develop musicians who understand and value the rich history and traditions of jazz, who will be prepared to contribute to the evolution and growth of the art form in the future, and who will be equipped to engage creatively with current trends in music.

    CapU grad Sara Kim combines traditional Korean vocal music with modern jazz motifs: 50th Anniversary - A Universal Language (please follow the link to video).