Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

The Program

Diploma in Jazz Studies - Program requirements prior to June 2015

The Jazz Studies program will foster the acquisition of professional skills in a variety of performance genres. It will offer hands-on experience of group music making through ensembles, and promote skills in the fields of: music performance and its study; musical theory and composition; music history in general and jazz music history in particular; theoretical and applied keyboarding; instrumental and choral conducting; theoretical and applied computer technology; multi-track recording and film scoring; theoretical and applied sound recording; library and on-line research; techniques and practices fundamental to the music and entertainment industries; and music as a business.

The program is modular in structure. Students select Music elective courses on the basis of their musical needs, progressing from course module to course module and from year to year. The structure offers students considerable choice and flexibility in fulfilling program requirements. It is supportive of the development of primary musical skills, but flexible and adaptable, and conducive to effective use of space and time.

Upon successful completion of the first two years of the program (64 credits), students can apply for a Diploma in Music – Jazz.

The program consists of a total of 125 credits: 107 credits of Music courses, 12 credits of non-Music electives, and 6 credits of required first-year English.

Program Outline

Program Outline

Year 1

Credits

MUSC 100 - (Intro. to Musical Theory I)

3

MUSC 101 - (Intro. to Musical Theory II)

3

MUSC 103 - (Basic Musicianship I)

1

MUSC 104 - (Basic Musicianship II)

1

MUSC 115 - (Survey of North American Music Styles: 1619-1900)

3

MUSC 116 - (History of American Popular Music: from 1900)

3

MUSC 125 - (Computers and Music I)

2

MUSC 143 - (Keyboard Musicianship I)

1

MUSC 144 - (Keyboard Musicianship II)

1

MUSC 145 - (Private Music Instruction I)

2

MUSC 146 - (Private Music Instruction II)

2

MUSC 181 - (Jazz Theory, Aural Skills and Improvisation I)

2

MUSC 182 - (Jazz Theory, Aural Skills and Improvisation II)

2

Select a minimum of two credits (two courses) from the following list of Ensemble and Workshop courses:
MUSC 151 - (Choir I)
MUSC 152 - (Choir II)
MUSC 153 - (College Singers I)
MUSC 154 - (College Singers II)
MUSC 155 - (Vocal Jazz I)
MUSC 156 - (Vocal Jazz II)
MUSC 163 - (Wind Ensemble I)
MUSC 164 - (Wind Ensemble II)
MUSC 171 - (Guitar Ensemble I)
MUSC 172 - (Guitar Ensemble II)
MUSC 173 - (Jazz Ensemble I)
MUSC 174 - (Jazz Ensemble II)

2

Degree English Requirements

6

Credits

34

Year 2

Credits

MUSC 107 - (Aural, Solfege and Conducting Skills I)

1

MUSC 108 - (Aural, Solfege and Conducting Skills II)

1

MUSC 121 - (Musical Theory I)

3

MUSC 122 - (Musical Theory II)

3

MUSC 215 - (History of Music I)

3

MUSC 216 - (History of Music II)

3

MUSC 243 - (Keyboard Musicianship III)

2

MUSC 244 - (Keyboard Musicianship IV)

2

MUSC 245 - (Private Music Instruction III)

2

MUSC 246 - (Private Music Instruction IV)

2

MUSC 281 - (Jazz Theory, Aural Skills and Improvisation III)

3

MUSC 282 - (Jazz Theory, Aural Skills and Improvisation IV)

3

MUSC 283 - (Jazz Workshop and Repertoire I)

1

MUSC 284 - (Jazz Workshop and Repertoire II)

1

Select a minimum of two credits (two courses) from the following list of Ensemble and Workshop courses:
MUSC 251 - (Choir III)
MUSC 252 - (Choir IV)
MUSC 253 - (College Singers III)
MUSC 254 - (College Singers IV)
MUSC 255 - (Vocal Jazz III)
MUSC 256 - (Vocal Jazz IV)
MUSC 263 - (Wind Ensemble III)
MUSC 264 - (Wind Ensemble IV)
MUSC 271 - (Advanced Guitar Ensemble I)
MUSC 272 - (Advanced Guitar Ensemble II)
MUSC 273 - (Jazz Ensemble III)
MUSC 274 - (Jazz Ensemble IV)

2

Credits

32

Year 3

Credits

MUSC 221 - (Musical Theory: Aural, Solfege and Conducting Skills III)

3

MUSC 222 - (Musical Theory: Aural, Solfege and Conducting Skills IV)

3

MUSC 311 - (History of Jazz I)

3

MUSC 325 - (Computers and Music II)

2

MUSC 345 - (Private Music Instruction V)

2

MUSC 346 - (Private Music Instruction VI)

2

MUSC 381 - (Jazz Arranging, Aural Skills and Composititon I)

2

MUSC 382 - (Jazz Arranging, Aural Skills and Composition II)

2

MUSC 383 - (Jazz Workshop and Repetoire III)

1

MUSC 384 - (Jazz Workshop and Repetoire IV)

1

MUSC 385 - (Survey of Instruments: Music Pedagogy I)

1

MUSC 386 - (Survey of Instruments: Music Pedagogy II)

1

Select a minimum of two credits (two courses) from the following list of Ensemble and Workshop courses:
MUSC 351 - (Choir V)
MUSC 352 - (Choir VI)
MUSC 353 - (College Singers V)
MUSC 354 - (College Singers VI)
MUSC 355 - (Vocal Jazz V)
MUSC 356 - (Vocal Jazz VI)
MUSC 363 - (Wind Ensemble V)
MUSC 364 - (Wind Ensemble VI)
MUSC 373 - (Jazz Ensemble V)
MUSC 374 - (Jazz Ensemble VI)

2

Electives:
ANTH 231 - (Intro to Music in Culture), or
MUSC 131 - (Music Producers: The Soundmakers of Generations), or
MUSC 205 - (Music Composition I), or
MUSC 225 - (Introduction to Home Recording), or
Non-Music elective courses may be used here.

6

Credits

31

Year 4

Credits

MUSC 200 - (Career Development I)

2

MUSC 411 - (History of Jazz II)

3

MUSC 445 - (Private Tuition, Jazz VII)

2

MUSC 446 - (Private Tuition, Jazz VIII)

2

MUSC 447 - (Jazz Arranging, Aural Skills and Composition III)

2

MUSC 448 - (Jazz Arranging, Aural Skills and Composition IV)

2

MUSC 450 - (Applied Performance Project)

2

MUSC 457 - (Choral Conducting and Pedagogy I)

1

MUSC 458 - (Instrumental Conducting and Pedagogy II)

1

MUSC 483 - (Jazz Workshop and Repertoire V)

1

MUSC 484 - (Jazz Workshop and Repertoire VI)

1

Select a minimum of three credits from the following lecture courses, provided they were not taken in second or third year: 
ANTH 231 - (Introduction to Music in Culture)
ANTH 331 - (Studies in Ethnomusicology)
MUSC 205 - (Music Composition I)
MUSC 305 - (Music Composition II)
MUSC 401*** - (Music Pedagogy I)
MUSC 407 - (Studio Recording I)
MUSC 408 - (Studio Recording II)

3

Select a minimum of two credits (two courses) from the following list of Ensemble and Workshop courses:
MUSC 451 - (Choir VII)
MUSC 452 - (Choir VIII)
MUSC 453 - (College Singers VII)
MUSC 454 - (College Singers VIII)
MUSC 455 - (Vocal Jazz VII)
MUSC 456 - (Vocal Jazz VIII)
MUSC 463 - (Wind Ensemble VII)
MUSC 464 - (Wind Ensemble VIII) 
MUSC 473 - (Jazz Ensemble VII)
MUSC 474 - (Jazz Ensemble VIII)

2

Electives:
ANTH 331* - (Studies in Ethnomusicology), and/or
MUSC 131 - Music Producers: The Soundmakers of Generations), or
MUSC 225 - (Introduction to Home Recording), or
MUSC 305** - (Music Composition II), and/or
MUSC 401 - (Music Pedagogy I), and/or
Non-Music elective courses may be used here.

6

Credits

30

Total Credits

127

* Need to have taken ANTH 231.

** Need to have taken MUSC 205.

Updated 
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Notes on Admission

  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September and applications are accepted between the first business day in October and March 31. For further information regarding late applications and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Program Fees
Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fee Table Example - 33 credits*

Amount

Tuition (33 credits x $147.76 per credit)

4,876.08

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

195.04

Student Services fee (33 credits x $6.53 per credit)

215.49

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.12 per month)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies

700.00

Total

6,414.57

Notes

* Students taking private music instruction courses should add additional tuition, Student Activity fees, and possibly Student Union fees. Please refer to the Private Tuition schedule.

The above table is based on 33 credits. Students taking more than, or less than, 33 credits should adjust the fee total accordingly.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fee Table Example - 33 credits*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.12 per month)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies

700.00

Total

17,116.76

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

* Students taking private music instruction courses should add additional tuition, Student Activity fees, and possibly Student Union fees. Please refer to the Private Tuition schedule.

The above table is based on 33 credits. Students taking more than, or less than, 33 credits should adjust the fee total accordingly.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018

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