- Program Length2 Years
- Location OfferedNanaimo
Students interested in the diploma must apply to the Bachelor in Jazz Studies. Upon successful completion of the first 2 years (66 credits) of the Bachelor program, students will be eligible to receive the Jazz Diploma.
Students who have successfully completed the first two years (66 credits) of VIU’s new Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies will be eligible for a Diploma in Jazz Studies, or they can continue their studies and complete the degree. Students who enrolled in VIU’s Jazz Diploma program prior to September 2005 must re-audition to gain entrance to the third year of the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree program. The audition will assess the musicality of each student’s playing, will evaluate the technical proficiency they have developed on their instrument, and will include an ear training and theory exam.
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; library and Internet research; theoretical and applied keyboarding; theoretical and applied computer technology, multi-track recording and film scoring; theoretical and applied sound recording; techniques and practices fundamental to the music and entertainment industries; music history in general and jazz history in particular; 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.
The program includes an academic component that requires home assignments, self-discipline and good time management skills. Becoming an accomplished musician requires practice, and students should be prepared to work long hours practicing their music.