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  • Objectives
    You can undertake jazz studies with a focus on an instrument of your choosing, studying jazz theory and language, musicianship, classical music history, jazz history, and ensembles. You will receive intensive one-on-one studio instruction in your chosen instrument, learning new repertoire and techniques; enhancing your practice skills and technical fluency; and developing excellence in performance. This two-year program is offered over four semesters starting in September. All classes are held at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in downtown Victoria.
  • Entry requirements
    In partnership with the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the Diploma in Jazz Studies is designed for students intending to pursue further studies in music in the fields of performance, composition or music education.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma in Jazz Studies
  • Course description
    Year 1
    Academic Term 1 (Fall)     Credits

    ENGL 150     English Composition     3.0
    JAZZ 104     First Instrument: Jazz 1     2.0
    JAZZ 112     Survey of Jazz History 1     3.0
    JAZZ 124     Jazz Language 1     3.0
    JAZZ 134     Jazz Combo and Improvisation     1.0
    JAZZ 144     Jazz Orchestra 1     1.0
    MUS 110     Music History 1     3.0
    MUS 122     Musicianship 1     1.0
    MUS 170     Media Skills and Technology 1     1.0
    Total Credits     17.0
          
    Academic Term 2 (Winter)     Credits

    ENGL 160     English Literature     3.0
    JAZZ 105     First Instrument: Jazz 2     2.0
    JAZZ 113     Survey of Jazz History 2     2.0
    JAZZ 125     Jazz Language 2     3.0
    JAZZ 135     Jazz Combo and Improvisation 2     1.0
    JAZZ 145     Jazz Orchestra 2     1.0
    MUS 111     Music History 2     3.0
    MUS 123     Musicianship 2     1.0
    MUS 171     Media Skills and Technology 2     1.0
    Total Credits     17.0
          
    Year 2
    Academic Term 3 (Fall)     Credits

    JAZZ 204     First Instrument: Jazz 3     2.0
    JAZZ 212     Survey of Jazz History 3     2.0
    JAZZ 224     Jazz Composition & Arranging 1     3.0
    JAZZ 234     Jazz Combo and Improvisation 3     1.0
    JAZZ 244     Jazz Orchestra 3     1.0
    MUS 210     Music History 3     3.0
    MUS 222     Musicianship 3     1.0
    MUS 270     Business of Music 1     1.0
    MUS, JAZZ or non-music University Transfer electives     3.0
    Total Credits     17.0
          
    Academic Term 4 (Winter)     Credits

    JAZZ 205     First Instrument: Jazz 4     2.0
    JAZZ 213     Survey of Jazz History 4     2.0
    JAZZ 225     Jazz Composition & Arranging 2     3.0
    JAZZ 235     Jazz Combo and Improvisation 4     1.0
    JAZZ 245     Jazz Orchestra 4     1.0
    MUS 211     Music History 4     3.0
    MUS 223     Musicianship 4     1.0
    MUS 271     Business of Music 2     1.0
    MUS, JAZZ or non-music University Transfer electives     3.0
    Total Credits           17.0
                
    Additional requirement for non-keyboard majors
    MUS 227     Keyboard Skills 4     1.0
     
    Elective Options

    Notes: Elective courses may carry additional prerequisites which may not be satisfied by the required Jazz Studies curriculum.
    MUS 126     Keyboard Skills 1     1.0
    MUS 127     Keyboard Skills 2     1.0
    MUS 130     Chamber Music 1     1.0
    MUS 131     Chamber Music 2     1.0
    MUS 132     Collaborative Piano 1     1.0
    MUS 133     Collaborative Piano 2     1.0
    MUS 140     Chamber Orchestra 1     2.0
    MUS 141     Chamber Orchestra 2     2.0
    MUS 142     Conservatory Chorale 1     2.0
    MUS 143     Conservatory Chorale 2     2.0
    MUS 146     Wind Ensemble 1     2.0
    MUS 147     Wind Ensembe 2     2.0
    MUS 150**     Flute Pedagogy & Literature 1     2.0
    MUS 151**     Flute Pedagogy & Literature 2     2.0
    MUS 152     Piano Pedagogy & Literature 1     2.0
    MUS 153     Pian Pedagogy & Literature 2     2.0
    MUS154*     Strings Pedagogy/Literature 1     2.0
    MUS 155*     Strings Pedagogy/Literature 2     2.0
    MUS 156     Voice Pedagogy & Literature 1     2.0
    MUS 157     Voice Pedagogy & Literature 2     2.0
    MUS 160*     Italian Diction 1     1.0
    MUS 161*     Italian Diction 2     1.0
    MUS 162*     Drama/Movement 1     1.0
    MUS 163*     Drama/Movement 2     1.0
    MUS 170     Media Skills and Technology 1     1.0
    MUS 171     Media Skills and Technology 2     1.0
    MUS 190     Performance 1 Directed Studies     1.0-4.0
    MUS 191     Performance 2 Directed Studies     1.0-4.0
    MUS 192     Music 1 Directed Studies     1.0 - 4.0
    MUS 193     Music 2 Directed Studies     1.0 - 4.0
    MUS 226     Keyboard Skills 3     1.0
    MUS 230     Chamber Music 3     1.0
    MUS 231     Chamber Music 4     1.0
    MUS 232     Collaborative Piano 3     1.0
    MUS 233     Collaborative Piano 4     1.0
    MUS 240     Chamber Orchestra 3     2.0
    MUS 241     Chamber Orchestra 4     2.0
    MUS 242     Conservatory Chorale 3     2.0
    MUS 243     Conservatory Chorale 4     2.0
    MUS 250**     Flute Pedagogy & Literature 3     2.0
    MUS 251**     Flute Pedagogy & Literature 4     2.0
    MUS 252     Piano Pedagogy & Literature 3     2.0
    MUS 253     Piano Pedagogy & Literature 4     2.0
    MUS 254*     Strings Pedagogy/Literature 3     2.0
    MUS 255*     Strings Pedagogy/Literature 4     2.0
    MUS 256     Voice Pedagogy & Literature 3     2.0
    MUS 257     Voice Pedagogy & Literature 4     2.0
    MUS 260*     French Diction     1.0
    MUS 261*     German Diction     1.0
    MUS 274     Conducting 1     1.0
    MUS 275     Conducting 2     1.0
    MUS 290     Performance 3 Directed Studies     1.0-4.0
    MUS 291     Performance 4 Directed Studies     1.0-4.0
    MUS 292     Music 3 Directed Studies     1.0-4.0
    MUS 293     Music 4 Directed Studies     1.0-4.0

    *Offered in alternate years; subject to minimum enrolment.
    **Offered in rotating schedule; subject ot minimum enrolments. Students may enter at any point in the cycle.

    JAZZ 104 First Instrument: Jazz 1

    (2 credits) F (1,0,0,.5)

    This course offers students private studies in their first instrument or voice focusing on developing instrumental or vocal skills in jazz style. Students will develop basic scalar and chordal exercises in preparation for improvisation, and explore the rhythmic and stylistic nuance in jazz performance. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): Admission to Diploma in Jazz Studies.

    JAZZ 105 First Instrument: Jazz 2

    (2 credits) W (1,0,0,.5)

    A continuation of JAZZ 104, this course offers students private studies in their first instrument or voice focusing on developing instrumental or vocal skills in jazz style. Students develop basic scalar and chordal exercises in preparation for improvisation, and explore the rhythmic and stylistic nuance in jazz performance. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 104.

    JAZZ 112 Survey of Jazz History 1

    (2 credits) F (1.5,0,0,0)

    The course introduces students to a broad survey of the many branches of the various streams and styles in jazz music from the early 20th century to 1940. Classes involve discussion of both audio and video recordings. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. (T)

    JAZZ 113 Survey of Jazz History 2

    (2 credits) W (1.5,0,0,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 112, this course introduces students to a broad survey of the many branches of the various streams and styles in jazz music from 1940 to 1960. Classes involve discussion of both audio and video recordings. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 112.

    JAZZ 122 Jazz Musicianship 1

    (1 credit) F (2,0,0,0)

    This is a comprehensive ear-training course that covers basic jazz-oriented aural skills, including sight singing, melodic and rhythmic dictation, chord recognition and transcription skills. One of two options for fulfillment of the requirements for Diploma in Jazz Studies.

    Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the Diploma in Jazz Studies or by placement audition with permission of the instructor.
    Co-requisite(s): JAZZ 124.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): JAZZ 126 or MUS 126.

    JAZZ 123 Jazz Musicianship 2

    (1 credit) W (2,0,0,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 122, this course is a comprehensive ear-training course that covers elementary jazz-oriented aural skills, including sight singing, melodic and rhythmic dictation, voicing and voice-leading, chord recognition, and transcription skills. One of two options for fulfillment of the requirements for Diploma in Jazz Studies.

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 122; or "B-" (70%) in MUS 122 with permission of the Chair.
    Co-requisite(s): JAZZ 125.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): JAZZ 127 or MUS 127.

    JAZZ 124 Jazz Language 1

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    In this course, jazz students will focus on harmony, form and analysis as practiced in various streams and styles of jazz. Studies will include composition, transposition and in-class performance. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. (T)

    JAZZ 125 Jazz Language 2

    (3 credits) W (3,0,0,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 124, this course offers jazz students a more in-depth study of harmony, form and analysis as practiced in various streams and styles of jazz. Studies will include composition, transposition and in-class performance. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 124.

    JAZZ 126 Jazz Keyboard Skills 1

    (1 credit) W (1,0,.5,0)

    This course provides a comprehensive foundation of essential keyboard skills for the jazz musician whose first instrument is not keyboard. Course content is provided through group instruction. Open to students in the Diploma in Jazz Studies whose first instrument is not keyboard.

    Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the Diploma in Jazz Studies or by placement audition with permission of the instructor.

    JAZZ 127 Jazz Keyboard Skills 2

    (1 credit) W (1,0,.5,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 126, this course provides a comprehensive foundation of essential keyboard skills for the jazz musician whose first instrument is not keyboard. Course content is provided through group instruction. Open to students in the Diploma in Jazz Studies whose first instrument is not keyboard.

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 126; or "B-" (70%) in MUS 126 with permission of the Chair.

    JAZZ 134 Jazz Combo and Improvisation 1

    (1 credit) F (1.5,0,0,0)

    Students will work in small jazz combinations of a rhythm section and a maximum of four lead players. Music will be chosen to reflect various styles. Students will develop skills in ensemble playing and improvisation and will be encouraged to both arrange and compose for their ensemble. Open only to students with an instrument major in the Diploma in Jazz Studies, Certificate in Music Foundations or permission of the instructor. (T)

    JAZZ 135 Jazz Combo and Improvisation 2

    (1 credit) W (1.5,0,0,0)

    Continuing from JAZZ 134, students will work in small jazz combinations of a rhythm section and four lead players (maximum). Music will be chosen to reflect various styles. Students will develop skills in ensemble playing and improvisation and are encouraged to both arrange and compose for their ensemble. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 134.

    JAZZ 144 Jazz Orchestra 1

    (2 credits) F (2.5,0,0,4 hours total)

    A large ensemble of diverse instruments and voices focusing on works of classic and contemporary jazz ensemble literature, designed for students who wish to perform Big Band and other Jazz repertoire. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. Eligible for large ensemble credit toward Certificate in Music Foundations by Jazz majors. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Diploma in Jazz Studies or Certificate in Music Foundations programs or by placement audition with permission of the instructor.

    JAZZ 145 Jazz Orchestra 2

    (2 credits) W (2.5,0,0,4 hours total)

    Continuing from JAZZ 144; a large jazz ensemble focusing on classic and contemporary jazz ensemble literature, designed for students who wish to perform Big Band and other Jazz repertoire. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. Also for ensemble credit toward the Certificate in Music Foundations by Jazz majors. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 144, or placement audition with permission of the instructor.

    JAZZ 146 Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1

    (2 credits) F (2.5,0,0,4 hours total)

    A large mixed-voice ensemble focusing on performance and study of ensemble works from the classic and contemporary vocal jazz repertoire. This course can be used for large ensemble credits as required for Diploma in Jazz Studies and Certificate in Music Foundations by Jazz majors.

    Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to Certificate in Music Foundations (Jazz Major) or Diploma in Jazz Studies or by placement audition with permission of the instructor.

    JAZZ 147 Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2

    (2 credits) W (2.5,0,0,4 hours total)

    A continuation of JAZZ 146, this large mixed-voice ensemble focuses on performance and study of ensemble works from the classic and contemporary vocal jazz repertoire. This course can fulfill the large ensemble credits as required for Diploma in Jazz Studies and Certificate in Music Foundations by Jazz majors.

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 146 or by placement audition with permission of the instructor.

    JAZZ 204 First Instrument: Jazz 3

    (2 credits) F (1,0,0,.5)

    Continuing from JAZZ 105; this course offers students private studies in their first instrument or voice focusing on developing skills in jazz style. Students develop a wide range of scalar and chordal exercises for use in improvisation in different styles, and explore the rhythmic and stylistic nuance in jazz performance. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 105.

    JAZZ 205 First Instrument: Jazz 4

    (2 credits) W (1,0,0,.5)

    Continuing from JAZZ 204; this course offers students private studies in first instrument or voice focusing on developing skills in jazz style. Students develop a wide range of scalar and chordal exercises for use in improvisation in different styles, and explore the rhythmic and stylistic nuance in jazz performance. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 204.

    JAZZ 212 Survey of Jazz History 3

    (2 credits) F (1.5,0,0,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 113, this course introduces students to a broad survey of the many branches of the various streams and styles in jazz music from 1960 to 1980. Classes involve discussion of both audio and video recordings. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 113.

    JAZZ 213 Survey of Jazz History 4

    (2 credits) W (1.5,0,0,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 212, this course introduces students to a broad survey of the many branches of the various streams and styles in jazz music from 1980 to present. Classes involve discussion of both audio and video recordings. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 212.

    JAZZ 222 Jazz Musicianship 3

    (1 credit) W (2,0,0,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 123, this course is a comprehensive ear-training course that covers intermediate jazz-oriented aural skills, including sight singing, melodic and rhythmic dictation, voicing and voice-leading, chord recognition, and transcription skills. One of two options for fulfillment of the requirements for Diploma in Jazz Studies.

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 123; or "B-" (70%) in MUS 123 with permission of the Chair.
    Co-requisite(s): MUS 224.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): JAZZ 226 or MUS 226.

    JAZZ 223 Jazz Musicianship 4

    (1 credit) W (2,0,0,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 222, this course is a comprehensive ear-training course that covers advanced jazz-oriented aural skills, including sight singing, melodic and rhythmic dictation, voicing and voice-leading, chord recognition, and transcription skills. One of two options for fulfillment of the requirements for Diploma in Jazz Studies.

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 222; or "B-" (70%) in MUS 222 with permission of the Chair.
    Co-requisite(s): MUS 221 or MUS 225.
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): JAZZ 227 or MUS 227.

    JAZZ 224 Jazz Composition & Arranging 1

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    This course is designed as follow-up to JAZZ 125 offering greater focus on composition and arranging. Students will create works to be performed by ensembles of 4 - 8 players: works will be performed in the context of the course. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 125.

    JAZZ 225 Jazz Composition & Arranging 2

    (3 credits) W (3,0,0,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 224; this course offers greater focus on composition and arranging. Students will create works to be performed by ensembles of 8 - 16 players: works will be performed in the context of the course. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 224.

    JAZZ 226 Jazz Keyboard Skills 3

    (1 credit) F (1,0,.5,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 127, this course provides a comprehensive foundation of essential keyboard skills for the jazz musician whose first instrument is not keyboard. Course content is provided through group instruction. Open to students in Diploma in Jazz Studies whose first instrument is not keyboard.

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 227; or "B-" (70%) in MUS 127 with permission of the Chair.

    JAZZ 227 Jazz Keyboard Skills 4

    (1 credit) F (1,0,.5,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 226, this course provides a comprehensive foundation of essential keyboard skills for the jazz musician whose first instrument is not keyboard. Course content is provided through group instruction. Open to students in Diploma in Jazz Studies whose first instrument is not keyboard.

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 226; or "B-" (70%) in MUS 126 with permission of the Chair.

    JAZZ 234 Jazz Combo and Improvisation 3

    (1 credit) F (1.5,0,0,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 135; students will work in small jazz combinations of a rhythm section and a maximum of four lead players. Music will be chosen to reflect various styles. Students will continue to develop skills in ensemble playing, improvisation, and arranging and composing for own ensemble. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 135.

    JAZZ 235 Jazz Combo and Improvisation 4

    (1 credit) W (1.5,0,0,0)

    A continuation of JAZZ 234; students will work in small jazz combinations of a rhythm section and a maximum of four lead players. Music will be chosen to reflect various styles. Students will continue to develop skills in ensemble playing, improvisation, and arranging and composing for own ensemble. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 234.

    JAZZ 244 Jazz Orchestra 3

    (2 credits) F (2.5,0,0,4 hours total)

    Continuing from JAZZ 145; a large jazz ensemble of diverse instruments and voices focusing on works of classic and contemporary jazz ensemble literature, designed for jazz majors and other qualified students who wish to perform Big Band and other Jazz repertoire. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 145, or placement audition with permission of the instructor.

    JAZZ 245 Jazz Orchestra 4

    (2 credits) W (2.5,0,0,4 hours total)

    A continuation of JAZZ 244; a large jazz ensemble of diverse instruments and voices focusing on works of classic and contemporary jazz ensemble literature, designed for jazz majors and other qualified students who wish to perform Big Band and other Jazz repertoire. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 244, or by placement audition with permission of the instructor.

    JAZZ 246 Vocal Jazz Ensemble 3

    (2 credits) W (2.5,0,0,4 hours total)

    A continuation of JAZZ 147; a large mixed-voice ensemble focusing on performance and study of ensemble works from the classic and contemporary vocal jazz repertoire, designed for jazz majors and other qualified students who wish to perform vocal jazz ensemble repertoire. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies.

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 147, or by placement audition with permission of the instructor.

    JAZZ 247 Vocal Jazz Ensemble 4

    (2 credits) W (2.5,0,0,4 hours total)

    A continuation of JAZZ 246, a large mixed-voice ensemble focusing on performance and study of ensemble works from the classic and contemporary vocal jazz repertoire. Designed for jazz majors and other qualified students who wish to perform Big Band and other Jazz repertoire. Required for Diploma in Jazz Studies.

    Prerequisite(s): "B-" (70%) in JAZZ 246 or by placement audition with permission of the instructor.

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