Jazz Studies Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
School of Performing Arts

Credential
Diploma

Program Highlights

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 is a four-year degree focused on jazz performance and composition in balance with other musical traditions. If you plan to play, compose, teach, or move on to graduate studies, this unique program will put you in company with internationally successful performers, composers, and teachers. The two-year diploma comprises the first two years of the BMus and will give you the skills to develop a career as a self-employed music professional.

  • 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 VancouverFallFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$7,777 $1,134 $8,911
Year 2$8,751 $1,134 $9,885
Total$16,529 $2,268 $18,796

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 16.50

Required
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

Required
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 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 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 305Studies 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 320World Literature in Translation3.00 credits
ENGL 323Studies 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 390Advanced Poetry and Poetics3.00 credits
ENGL 391Advanced Narrative Forms3.00 credits
ENGL 395Special Topics in Creative Writing3.00 credits
ENGL 400Major Authors3.00 credits
ENGL 410Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature3.00 credits
ENGL 420Topics in Literary Theory3.00 credits
ENGL 490Directed Studies3.00 credits
ENGL 491Directed Studies in Creative Writing3.00 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

Required
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

Required
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

Application Dates

May 2, 2017 - Jun 5, 2018

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 9, 2018

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 27, 2018 4:00 PM

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - Apr 2, 2019

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 (60%) calculated on English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and two academic Grade 12 courses.

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 and audition. Auditions include an interview, performance, aural skills assessment, sight-reading assessment, and theory entrance exam.


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).

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. 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, 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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