Rhythm, syncopation, improvisation . . . Jazz lets you swing as a virtuoso soloist and a member of a tight ensemble of musicians pushing each other further. The mental agility you develop as a jazz musician is matched only by your dexterity as a performer, your audacity as a composer, and your skills as an arranger.
Students in the Jazz Studies program, the first university-level jazz program created in Canada, have a unique opportunity to become fully immersed in the sounds and traditions of a 100 year-old art form that’s truly modern and still evolving. From jazz language and composition to theory classes, you’ll learn music in an environment that’s grounded in the traditions and leading the next wave.
In the heart of downtown Montreal, a vibrant metropolis with a deep jazz tradition, you’ll have enormous opportunity for cross-pollination with other university-level jazz students across the city. And you’ll be in a rich environment for jamming and seeing the best acts in the world perform at one of the city’s jazz clubs.
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still availablefor the fall term only.
Our students benefit from a dedicated suite of classroom and performances spaces designed to foster creative collaboration. We’re proud to offer spaces where you can develop your creativity and your abilities as an artist. Enjoy an array of professional facilities and equipment, including:
Soundproofed practice rooms, three with drum-kits
Smart classrooms with multimedia and playback capabilities
Jazz ensemble rooms with full set-up – just bring your cables
Over two dozen well-maintained pianos, plus seven concert grands
Computer-equipped keyboard lab
Two great performance halls with full sound reinforcement and great acoustics – the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, and downtown’s D.B. Clarke Theatre
Whether you’re an instrumental or voice student, jazz or classical, you can perform in both large and small ensembles. The department holds many performances throughout the year in university venues and around Montreal such as:
Your hard work while at Concordia will give you the knowledge and discipline to further your solo work, plus the teamwork skills to collaborate with others. Our alumni compose, perform, tour, produce original CDs, and write for theatre, dance, film, TV and video games; their cultural work has been recognized through awards and prizes.
Your degree can lead to many paths such as:
Administrator in the arts (band manager, festival organizer)