The Specialization in Jazz Studies is a comprehensive program covering performance, creativity, arranging, composition, and readiness for professional life. As of the 2014-15 academic year, students may apply for direct entry to this Specialization from the first year.
There is no Minor in Jazz Studies.
Jazz tradition and culture lie at the centre of this program, offering courses in jazz language, jazz harmony, arranging, composition, and jazz history. Performance in ensembles ranging from big band to combos (instrumental and vocal) is supported by private study in all jazz-related instruments and voice. Students are expected to participate in public performances and the Department produces some 20 jazz concerts per year in various venues around the city as well as the international Oscar Peterson Concert Hall located on Concordia's Loyola campus.
For a list of required courses, please download the Program Guide according to your year of entry. For course descriptions, click here. Schedules for courses are available on the class schedules website.
Students may apply to enter the Specialization directly upon admission, based on an audition and jazz theory and ear-training placement tests.
Students in the Major in Music may apply for transfer into the Specialization in Jazz Studies following their first year.
All NEW applicants must complete the online admissions application to Concordia University and receive a Student Number. Please note this number carefully – you will need it for further steps.
Learn more about general admission requirements, including minimum educational qualifications, required documents, proof of language proficiency and mature student entry.
If you are already a student at Concordia please review the following instructions:
Note that if you are applying to a Minor in Music you must complete an “Internal Transfer of Program Request Form”, irrespective of the faculty you currently belong to, and submit it to the Department of Music at GM 500-01. You must submit this first in order to register for the online Basic Theory Test. Applicants to the Minor in Music do not audition.
After making your application to Concordia University, you will go to our music admissions website, register, and provide the following:
First read the guidelines below, then begin your music admissions package.
On the webpage, your application to the Specialization in Jazz Studies will be completed with information about your background and goals in music, placement testing, and a video audition. It is your responsibility to complete these requirements.
Note that the Music Admissions website will be available starting mid December.
All jazz auditions must include three pieces as follows:
Aim for a high standard of performance, a well-balanced program, and demonstrate your strengths and joy in making music.
The three selections are as for all jazz auditions: one blues, one ballad, and one standard of your choice. Vocal improvisation (scat singing) or vocalise is optional.
It is essential to demonstrate both accompaniment and solo skills in the audition.
In your three selections, be sure to cover the following: