The Specialization in Jazz Studies is a completely comprehensive program that covers performance, creativity, arranging, composition, and readiness for professional life. There is no Minor in Jazz Studies.
Jazz tradition and culture lie at the centre of this Specialization 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 as part of any Specialization 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.
First year courses are available in jazz genre for Major in Music students who are jazz practitioners. Following successful completion of the first-year core courses, students in the Major in Music may apply for transfer into the Specialization in Jazz Studies.