Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies - Education

Fine & Applied Arts, School of Performing Arts

Credential
Bachelor

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Intakes

CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallBoth

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$8,560 $1,091 $9,651
Year 2$7,731 $1,091 $8,822
Total$16,291 $2,182 $18,473

Note: Fees are subject to change.

Program Requirements

Basis of Admission

Total credits: 66.00

Required
Capilano Jazz Studies Diploma or equivalent transfer66.00 credits

First Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required
JAZZ 303Jazz Arranging I1.50 credits
JAZZ 320Conducting and Pedagogy I1.50 credits
JAZZ 322Class Woodwinds I1.50 credits
JAZZ 330Music Theory V: Studies in Musical Form1.50 credits
JAZZ 374Studies in Music History III: Modernism1.50 credits
JAZZ 396Jazz Performance V1.50 credits
Breadth Elective 100-level or higher (excluding COND, ENSJ, ENSM, JAZZ, MUS courses)3.00 credits
Course information currently unavailable
Choose 1.50 credits from the following list
ENSJ 322Rhythmic Music Ensemble V1.50 credits
ENSJ 341Large Jazz Ensemble (A Band) V1.50 credits
ENSJ 343Large Jazz Ensemble (B Band) V1.50 credits
ENSJ 345Large Jazz Ensemble (C Band) V1.50 credits
ENSJ 347Percussion Ensemble V1.50 credits
ENSJ 361Jazz Choir (Nitecap) V1.50 credits
ENSJ 363Jazz Choir (Capital Jazz) V1.50 credits
ENSJ 365Vocal/Instrumental Ensemble V1.50 credits
ENSJ 371Guitar/Bass Ensemble V1.50 credits
ENSM 100Choir Ensemble I2.00 credits

Second Term

Total credits: 15.50

Required
JAZZ 304Jazz Arranging II1.50 credits
JAZZ 321Conducting and Pedagogy II1.50 credits
JAZZ 323Class Woodwinds II1.50 credits
JAZZ 331Music Theory VI: Studies in Counterpoint1.50 credits
JAZZ 375Studies in Ethnomusicology1.50 credits
JAZZ 397Jazz Performance VI1.50 credits
Breadth Elective 100-level or higher (excluding COND, ENSJ, ENSM, JAZZ, MUS courses)3.00 credits
Course information currently unavailable
Choose 1.50 credits from the following list
ENSJ 323Rhythmic Music Ensemble VI1.50 credits
ENSJ 342Large Jazz Ensemble (A Band) VI1.50 credits
ENSJ 344Large Jazz Ensemble (B Band) VI1.50 credits
ENSJ 346Large Jazz Ensemble (C Band) VI1.50 credits
ENSJ 348Percussion Ensemble VI1.50 credits
ENSJ 362Jazz Choir (Nitecap) VI1.50 credits
ENSJ 364Jazz Choir (Capital Jazz) VI1.50 credits
ENSJ 366Vocal/Instrumental Ensemble VI1.50 credits
ENSJ 372Guitar/Bass Ensemble VI1.50 credits
ENSM 150Choir Ensemble II2.00 credits

Third Term

Total credits: 17.50

Required
JAZZ 324Class Brass1.50 credits
JAZZ 400Interdisciplinary Seminar: Special Topics in Musicology3.00 credits
JAZZ 420Conducting and Pedagogy III1.50 credits
JAZZ 422Instrumental Pedagogy (Secondary)4.00 credits
JAZZ 423Choral Pedagogy (Secondary)4.00 credits
Course information currently unavailable
Choose 1.50 credits from the following list
ENSJ 347Percussion Ensemble V1.50 credits
ENSJ 371Guitar/Bass Ensemble V1.50 credits
ENSJ 422Rhythmic Music Ensemble VII1.50 credits
ENSJ 441Large Jazz Ensemble (A Band) VII1.50 credits
ENSJ 443Large Jazz Ensemble (B Band) VII1.50 credits
ENSJ 445Large Jazz Ensemble (C Band) VII1.50 credits
ENSJ 461Jazz Choir (Nitecap) VII1.50 credits
ENSJ 463Jazz Choir (Capital Jazz) VII1.50 credits
ENSJ 465Vocal/Instrumental Ensemble VII1.50 credits
ENSM 100Choir Ensemble I2.00 credits

Fourth Term

Total credits: 17.00

Required
JAZZ 325Class Percussion1.50 credits
JAZZ 401Interdisciplinary Seminar: Special Topics3.00 credits
Breadth Elective 100-level or higher (excluding COND, ENSJ, ENSM, JAZZ, MUS courses)9.00 credits
Course information currently unavailable
Choose 1.50 credits from the following list
ENSJ 348Percussion Ensemble VI1.50 credits
ENSJ 372Guitar/Bass Ensemble VI1.50 credits
ENSJ 423Rhythmic Music Ensemble VIII1.50 credits
ENSJ 442Large Jazz Ensemble (A Band) VIII1.50 credits
ENSJ 444Large Jazz Ensemble (B Band) VIII1.50 credits
ENSJ 446Large Jazz Ensemble (C Band) VIII1.50 credits
ENSJ 462Jazz Choir (Nitecap) VIII1.50 credits
ENSJ 464Jazz Choir (Capital Jazz) VIII1.50 credits
ENSJ 466Vocal/Instrumental Ensemble VIII1.50 credits
ENSM 150Choir Ensemble II2.00 credits

Total program credits: 131.50

Program Notes

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.

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.

Breadth 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.

Continuation Requirement: To continue from year three to year four, a student must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.

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.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

Jun 5

Course Registration & Waitlisting

Jul 9-20

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 27  4 p.m.

Application Deadline

Apr 2

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

Cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the Capilano Jazz Studies Diploma or equivalent transfer.

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

Interview which may include performance components. For transfer students: in addition to the above, an audition process to determine program placement. The audition may include evaluation of theory, keyboard skills, technique, improvisation, and aural skills.


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

Admission Notes

Audition Process

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

Auditions are required for all entrants. Live audition and testing is preferred. Specific audition requirements for each instrument can be found on this page.

Once an application has been received, the School of Performing Arts office will contact all students by email to schedule an audition.  

Online applications are open until the end of March; however, students are encouraged to apply by February.

When filling out the application form (see "How to Apply"), please include which instrument(s) you will be auditioning on in the comments section of the form.

Students applying as a transfer student should include this information in the comment section of the application form as additional challenge tests will be scheduled on the same day as the audition in Piano, Theory and Aural.

*Entrance into the Jazz Studies program is competitive as seats are restricted. Applicants are ranked in comparison with others who audition on the same concentration instrument with the entrance year applied for taken into consideration. Providing that all other entrance requirements have been passed, students will be admitted in the order of their ranking until the seats available for that instrument have been filled.

Separate auditions are held for the Jazz Choirs and Jazz Bands.

Acceptance into the program does not guarantee acceptance into these ensembles. It is the student's responsibility to sign up for and attend these auditions. 

Theory Test

All applicants are required to demonstrate a knowledge of rudimentary music theory before gaining acceptance into the Jazz Studies Program. The entrance-level test may require applicants to:

  • Identify and/or write major and minor key signatures in 12 keys
  • Identify and/or write major, harmonic minor, natural minor, melodic minor, and blues scales in 12 keys
  • Write and identify intervals including major/minor seconds, thirds, sixth sevenths, and perfect/diminished/augmented octaves, fifths, and fourths
  • Label and/or spell chords using jazz chord symbols including dominant 7th, major 7th, minor 7th, minor 7th flat 5, diminished 7th, dominant seventh with suspended 4th
  • Demonstrate a harmonic understanding of 12-bar blues by writing a chord progression
  • Demonstrate an understanding of notated rhythms in the context of simple and compound time signatures 

Performance Audition

Auditions are performed privately before a small jury of Jazz Studies faculty members. Each applicant will perform his/her audition material, and then will be guided through a series of musical skill tests, including technique evaluations, ear evaluations, and sight reading. (Please scroll down to see specific requirements for your instrument type.) Applicants who demonstrate an acceptable level of musicianship and ability will be ranked competitively. A set number of first-year seats are available each year.

Transfer Students

Transfer students take the same theory test and performance audition and prepare the same requirements as first-year applicants. Auditioning faculty will be informed of the students’ previous post-secondary training and may ask applicants to demonstrate more advanced technical skills. Additional testing (advanced theory, ear, and keyboard assessments) will be scheduled on the same date.

Keyboard Skills

Keyboard skills are not required for students other than piano majors, but we recognize that many students who are not auditioning as pianists may have skills and training in this area. Upon demonstration of sufficient skill, a student may be given advanced placement in Keyboard Skills (Jazz 116 and JAZZ 117). For piano majors and or other musicians with advanced piano skills, these required credits are replaced with Secondary PMI credits.  Please consult with the keyboard skills instructor about in the first week of classes.

Jazz Woodwinds and Brass Performance Audition

Tunes:

Perform with your own single accompanist or your own background recordings. Be prepared to play a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (i.e., latin, waltz, ballad), and a 12-bar blues. All three tunes should include at least one chorus of an improvised solo. An acoustic piano, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

Technical:

  • Perform a short classical etude or technical study of your choosing.
  • Perform major, harmonic minor and traditional melodic minor scales, in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves where possible.
  • Perform arpeggios of major and minor triads and 7th chords (dom7, Maj7, min 7, min7b5, dim7) in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves where possible.
  • Sight-read in both classical and jazz styles.
  • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns and identify triad types played by the jury.

Jazz Drums Performance Audition

Drum Set:

  • Demonstrate swing, Latin, funk, and rock styles.
  • Trade 4’s (play four bars of a tune, then four bars of a drum solo, repeat).

Snare Drum:

  • Perform a long roll, flam, ruff/drag, and paradiddle.
  • Perform a prepared solo which includes the above rudiments.
  • Sight-read patterns provided by the jury.

Jazz Vibraphone Performance Audition: 

Tunes:

Perform using either two or four mallets, with your own bassist or your own background recordings. Be prepared to play a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (i.e., latin, waltz, ballad), and a 12-bar blues. All three tunes must include the melody, one chorus of comping, and at least one chorus of an improvised solo. A vibraphone, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

Technical:

  • Perform a short classical piece of your choosing (with four mallets if possible).
  • Perform major, harmonic minor and traditional melodic minor scales in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves.
  • Perform arpeggios of Maj7, min7, dom7, dim7, and min7b5 chords, in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves.
  • Sight read a melody and chordal accompaniment (separately) with a provided lead sheet.
  • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns and identify triad types played by the jury.

Jazz Piano Performance Audition

Tunes:

Perform with your own bassist or your own background recordings. Be prepared to play a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (i.e., latin, waltz, ballad), and a 12-bar blues. All three tunes should include at least one chorus of an improvised solo. An acoustic piano, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

Technical:

  • Perform a short classical piece of your choosing.
  • Perform major, harmonic minor and traditional melodic minor scales in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves, hands together.
  • Perform arpeggios of major and minor triads and dominant 7th chords, in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves, hands together.
  • Play Maj7, min7, Dom7, dim7, and min7b5 chords in 12 keys, both hands, solid inversions.
  • Sight-read in both classical and jazz styles.
  • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns and identify triad types played by the jury.

Jazz Voice Performance Audition

Tunes:

Perform with your own single accompanist or with your own background recordings. Be prepared to sing a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (i.e., latin, waltz, ballad), and a 12-bar blues. Include an improvised scat solo on at least one of your songs. An acoustic piano, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

Technical:

  • Perform the four scales provided, singing numbers.
  • Perform the two jazz etudes provided, using scat syllables
  • Sight sing a simple melody.
  • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns and identify triad types played by the jury.

 Click here to download scales and etudes  (pdf).

Jazz Bowed Strings Performance Audition

Repertoire:

Be prepared to play a jazz standard in medium swing tempo, a second standard in contrasting feel (i.e., Latin, ballad, waltz) and a 12-bar blues.  Your performance of each selection will include the melody and at least one chorus of improvised solo playing.   A faculty member will accompany the student for the jazz selections.  The applicant should bring clear and legible sheet music for these pieces in order to facilitate this accompaniment.  In addition, be prepared to perform a short classical etude of your choosing. 

Technical:

  • Perform major, melodic minor, and harmonic minor scales in 12 keys, two octaves, eighth notes at 100 bpm.
  • Perform arpeggios of major and minor triads and 7th chords  (dom7, maj7, min 7, min7b5, dim 7), two octaves in 12 keys.
  • You will be asked to sight read in jazz and classical styles.

Jazz Guitar Performance Audition

Tunes:

Perform with the faculty guitarist provided. (You may elect to bring your own single accompanist, or your own background recordings though it is not necessary.) Be prepared to play a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (Latin, waltz, ballad, etc.), and a 12‑bar blues. For all three tunes, be prepared to play the melody, chordal accompaniment, and an improvised solo. An amplifier, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

Technical:

  • Perform a G Major scale in five locations, covering the entire range of guitar (see attached guide), as well as one-octave scales in C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, E minor, A minor, D minor, G minor, and C minor. Be prepared to demonstrate an ability to adapt to harmonic minor and jazz melodic minor.
  • Perform arpeggios of Maj7, dom7, min7, and min7b5 chords, in 12 keys, root position.
  • Play Maj7, min7, dom7, and min 7b5 chords, in 12 keys, in various voicings along the neck and in “Drop 3” and “Ninth form” voicings (see attached examples in the key of C).
  • Sight read a melody and play chordal accompaniment with a provided lead sheet.
  • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns and identify triad types played by the jury.
  • Optional: Perform a short classical etude or technical study of your choosing.

*Guitarists in need of technical assistance are advised to consult: The Ronny Lee Jazz Guitar Method—Volume 2, Mel Bay Publications.

Click here to download scales Voicings for Guitar (pdf).

Jazz Bass Performance Audition

Tunes:

Perform with the faculty guitarist provided. (You may elect to bring your own single accompanist or your own background recordings though it is not necessary.) Be prepared to play a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (i.e., latin, waltz, ballad), and a 12-bar blues. For all three tunes, be prepared to play the melody, an improvised solo, and a walking bass line. An amplifier, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

Click here to see an example of a walking bass-line Walking Bass Line (pdf).

Technical:

  • Electric bassists perform two-octave scales in G Major, C Major, F Major, Bb Major, E minor, G minor, and A minor, and one-octave scales in Eb Major, D minor and C minor. Acoustic bassists perform two-octave scales in G Major, F Major, E minor and G minor, and one-octave scales in C Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, C minor, A minor, and D minor.
  • Perform arpeggios of Maj7, dom7, min7, and min7b5 chords, in 12 keys, root position.
  • Sight read a melody and play walking bass with a provided lead sheet.
  • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns and identify triad types played by the jury.
  • Optional: Perform a short classical etude or technical study of your own choosing.

Distance Auditions:

Live auditions are strongly recommended and we expect students who live within a three or four-hour drive from campus will make the effort to come to CapilanoU for an audition. We recognize that for some students it may be impossible to attend a live audition in person due to distance and cost of travel. In these instances, the performance audition, interview and aural skills tests will be done via Skype.

Please note the following important points:

The Jazz Department will determine whether a distance audition is appropriate and may ask students for supplementary materials to address potential technical problems with the Skype interview.

Audition requirements will be the same as those listed for live auditions.

The actual audition time maybe 30 minutes or less. 45 minutes will be scheduled for the audition to allow for technological problems.

If a student misses an audition, we may choose not to reschedule.

Students will be responsible for organizing an accompanist or use a play-a-long recording for the audition.

Students are responsible for arranging their own technical requirements to facilitate their part of the interview. A computer with a fast processor and video card, a good quality camera and microphone will be essential, as will a high-speed internet connection (cable or DSL). The audition panel must be able to clearly see and hear the student and the accompanist.

Distance auditions will be scheduled according to times convenient for our faculty members regardless of the time zone of the person auditioning.

The theory test portion of the audition must be completed in real time under the supervision of a suitable exam proctor. A school teacher or other music education professional may perform this role. An exam will be sent to the proctor and students will complete the exam under his or her supervision. The proctor then sends the completed exam to the Jazz Department. Students are responsible for any and all costs incurred in this regard.

Students must provide their Skype address prior to the scheduled audition.

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