Program Highlights

Students interested in obtaining a two year jazz studies diploma would apply for one of our Bachelor degrees and apply to receive the diploma after successfully completing two years.

Students can apply to the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies - Performance/Composition or the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies Education and work towards earning this credential. 

  • 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.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time

First Term

Total credits: 16.50

ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
JAZZ 116Keyboard Skills I1.00 credits
JAZZ 130Theory of Tonal Music and Jazz I3.00 credits
JAZZ 174Jazz History I1.50 credits
JAZZ 184Ear Training/Sight Singing I1.50 credits
JAZZ 196Jazz Performance and Improvisation I3.00 credits
Choose 1.50 credits from the following list:
ENSJ 122Rhythmic Music Ensemble I1.50 credits
ENSJ 141Large Jazz Ensemble (A Band) I1.50 credits
ENSJ 143Large Jazz Ensemble (B Band) I1.50 credits
ENSJ 145Large Jazz Ensemble (C Band) I1.50 credits
ENSJ 147Percussion Ensemble I1.50 credits
ENSJ 161Jazz Choir (Nitecap) I1.50 credits
ENSJ 163Jazz Choir (Capital Jazz) I1.50 credits
ENSJ 165Vocal Instrumental Ensemble I1.50 credits
ENSJ 171Guitar/Bass Ensemble I1.50 credits


Second Term

Total credits: 16.50

JAZZ 117Keyboard Skills II1.00 credits
JAZZ 131Theory of Tonal Music and Jazz II3.00 credits
JAZZ 175Jazz History II1.50 credits
JAZZ 185Ear Training/Sight Singing II1.50 credits
JAZZ 197Jazz Performance and Improvisation II3.00 credits
ENGL 010Language Skills3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
ENGL 103Introduction to Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 107Indigenous Literature and Film3.00 credits
ENGL 109Literature and Contemporary Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 112Reading, Writing, Dialogue: Entering Global Conversations3.00 credits
ENGL 190Introduction to Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 191Creative Writing: Contemporary Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 200Literature in English from Beowulf to Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 201Literature in English after Paradise Lost3.00 credits
ENGL 203Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 205Modern American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 207Literary Theory and Criticism3.00 credits
ENGL 208Studies in Fiction3.00 credits
ENGL 213World Literature in English3.00 credits
ENGL 217Literature on the Edge3.00 credits
ENGL 218The Art of Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 219Reel Lit: Literature into Film3.00 credits
ENGL 260Writing Communities3.00 credits
ENGL 290Creative Writing: Letter and Line3.00 credits
ENGL 291Creative Writing: Narrative Fictions3.00 credits
ENGL 292Creative Writing: Children's Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 293Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction3.00 credits
ENGL 295Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 296Creative Writing: Writing for the Stage3.00 credits
ENGL 300Writing, Rhetoric, Style3.00 credits
ENGL 301Studies in Rhetoric3.00 credits
ENGL 302Studies in British Columbian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 305Special Topics in Canadian Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 308Studies in British Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 311Studies in American Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 314Studies in National Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 317Traditions in Western Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 320Global Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 323Special Topics in Genre3.00 credits
ENGL 326Traditions in Poetry3.00 credits
ENGL 329Literature and Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 332Literature and Society3.00 credits
ENGL 335Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 338Literature and Media3.00 credits
ENGL 341Literature and Visual Culture3.00 credits
ENGL 344Literature and the Environment3.00 credits
ENGL 352Special Topics in British Literature, 1000-16603.00 credits
ENGL 353Special Topics in British Literature, 1660-18303.00 credits
ENGL 354Special Topics in British Literature, 1830-19703.00 credits
ENGL 356Special Topics in American Literature, 1620-18653.00 credits
ENGL 357Special Topics in American Literature, 1865-19703.00 credits
ENGL 358Special Topics in Contemporary Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 359Indigenous Literatures3.00 credits
ENGL 363Words in The World I: Genre and Form3.00 credits
ENGL 365Words in the World II: Cultures, Networks and Traditions3.00 credits
ENGL 367Land School3.00 credits
ENGL 369Foundations in Writing Pedagogy3.00 credits
ENGL 390Advanced Poetry and Poetics3.00 credits
ENGL 391Advanced Narrative Forms3.00 credits
ENGL 392Creative Writing: Creative Travel Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 393Creative Writing: Advanced Practices3.00 credits
ENGL 394Creative Writing: Performance3.00 credits
ENGL 395Creative Writing: Special Topics3.00 credits
ENGL 400Major Authors3.00 credits
ENGL 410Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 420Special Topics in Literary Theory3.00 credits
ENGL 435Electronic Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 463Words in the World III: Critical and Creative Formations3.00 credits
ENGL 464Capstone Project3.00 credits
ENGL 465Words in the World Practicum3.00 credits
ENGL 466Directed Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 467Honours Thesis6.00 credits
ENGL 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
ENGL 491Creative Writing: Directed Studies3.00 credits
Choose 1.50 credits from the following list:
ENSJ 123Rhythmic Music Ensemble II1.50 credits
ENSJ 142Large Jazz Ensemble (A Band) II1.50 credits
ENSJ 144Large Jazz Ensemble (B Band) II1.50 credits
ENSJ 146Large Jazz Ensemble (C Band) II1.50 credits
ENSJ 148Percussion Ensemble II1.50 credits
ENSJ 162Jazz Choir (Nitecap) II1.50 credits
ENSJ 164Jazz Choir (Capital Jazz) II1.50 credits
ENSJ 166Vocal Instrumental Ensemble II1.50 credits
ENSJ 172Guitar/Bass Ensemble II1.50 credits


Third Term

Total credits: 16.50

JAZZ 230Theory of Tonal Music and Jazz III3.00 credits
JAZZ 274Studies in Music History I1.50 credits
JAZZ 282Jazz Improvisation III1.50 credits
JAZZ 284Ear Training/Sight Singing III1.50 credits
JAZZ 296Jazz Performance III1.50 credits
Elective (excluding JAZZ, ENSJ, MUS, ENSM courses)3.00 credits
Choose 1.50 credits from the following list:
ENSJ 222Rhythmic Music Ensemble III1.50 credits
ENSJ 241Large Jazz Ensemble (A Band) III1.50 credits
ENSJ 243Large Jazz Ensemble (B Band) III1.50 credits
ENSJ 245Large Jazz Ensemble (C Band) III1.50 credits
ENSJ 247Percussion Ensemble III1.50 credits
ENSJ 261Jazz Choir (Nitecap) III1.50 credits
ENSJ 263Jazz Choir (Capital Jazz) III1.50 credits
ENSJ 265Vocal Instrumental Ensemble III1.50 credits
ENSJ 271Guitar/Bass Ensemble III1.50 credits


Fourth Term

Total credits: 16.50

JAZZ 231Theory of Tonal Music and Jazz IV3.00 credits
JAZZ 275Studies in Music History II1.50 credits
JAZZ 283Jazz Improvisation IV1.50 credits
JAZZ 285Ear Training/Sight Singing IV1.50 credits
JAZZ 297Jazz Performance IV1.50 credits
Elective (excluding JAZZ, ENSJ, MUS, ENSM courses)3.00 credits
Choose 1.50 credits from the following list:
ENSJ 223Rhythmic Music Ensemble IV1.50 credits
ENSJ 242Large Jazz Ensemble (A Band) IV1.50 credits
ENSJ 244Large Jazz Ensemble (B Band) IV1.50 credits
ENSJ 246Large Jazz Ensemble (C Band) IV1.50 credits
ENSJ 248Percussion Ensemble IV1.50 credits
ENSJ 262Jazz Choir (Nitecap) IV1.50 credits
ENSJ 264Jazz Choir (Capital Jazz) IV1.50 credits
ENSJ 266Vocal Instrumental Ensemble IV1.50 credits
ENSJ 272Guitar/Bass Ensemble IV1.50 credits


Total program credits: 66.00

Program Notes

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.

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.

Important Dates

Note: Dates are subject to change.

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