Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
For the student seeking a professional career in jazz and related fields of contemporary music. The curriculum includes weekly private lessons in both jazz and classical music, courses in jazz improvisation, theory, arranging, composition, jazz history, and jazz keyboard skills, plus integrally related courses like sound reinforcement and recording, digital recording and editing, electronic music, and the business of music. There are supportive courses in classical music theory, musicianship, music history, secondary piano, and conducting, as well as a wide choice of theory, history, ethnic and world music electives. General studies in English and academics round out the degree to provide a comprehensive education.
Students present a public recital in the senior year with works representing a variety of historical and contemporary jazz styles and at least one original composition and arrangement. This performance is in addition to the numerous collaborative combo and big band concerts given by all students during each year of study. For more information regarding graduation requirements, please consult the CCM Bulletin.