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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. 

Learning outcomes

  • 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

There are no upcoming intakes for this program. To receive updates on upcoming intakes, please visit the Request Information page.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $50, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs. 
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If you are currently in Grade 12, you must request that the Ministry of Education submit your transcript directly to Capilano University.
  • Documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.
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After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

For students who have previously attended post-secondary, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credit.

Please send all official documents to:

Registrar's Office
Birch Building, Room BR230
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and the signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing university or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Once you've been accepted into a program, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
  • If you wish to receive transfer credits, please submit official university/college/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placements (AP) transcripts either electronically or by mail:

     

    Registrar's Office
    Birch Building, Room BR230
    2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3H5

Admitted Students

Most CapU programs need proof that you:

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Funding for International Students

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Please send your official documents to:

Capilano University
Centre for International Experience, Room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.

  • You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
  • This deposit will go towards your first-semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.

  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Permits & Visas

Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
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Required Courses

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
PMIPrivate Music Instruction at the 100-level2.00 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
ENGL100-level or higher3.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction at the 200-level2.00 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
PMIPrivate Music Instruction at the 300-level2.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction Secondary1.00 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
PMIPrivate Music Instruction at the 400-level2.00 credits
PMIPrivate Music Instruction Secondary1.00 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

Additional Program Information

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.

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About this program

School of Performing Arts
604 984 4911
jazz@capilanou.ca

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604-984-4900
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