Jazz Studies

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 6,786

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma

Students who have successfully completed the first two years of VIU’s 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.

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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022
General admission requirements apply.
English 12 with minimum “C".
Successful audition to show musical competence or potential.

Year 1

(Intro. to Musical Theory I)
(Intro. to Musical Theory II)
(Basic Musicianship I)
(Basic Musicianship II)
(Survey of North American Music Styles I: 1619-1900)
(Survey of North American Music Styles II: 1900-Present)
(Computers and Music I)
(Keyboard Musicianship I)
(Keyboard Musicianship II)
(Private Music Instruction I)
(Private Music Instruction II)
(Jazz Theory, Aural Skills and Improvisation I)
(Jazz Theory, Aural Skills and Improvisation II)

Select a minimum of two credits (two courses) from the following list of Ensemble and Workshop courses:
(Choir I)
(Choir II)
(VIU Singers I)
(VIU Singers II)
(Vocal Jazz I)
(Vocal Jazz II)
(Wind Ensemble I)
(Wind Ensemble II)
(Guitar Ensemble I)
(Guitar Ensemble II)
(Jazz Ensemble I)
(Jazz Ensemble II)
Degree English Requirement

Year 2
(Aural, Solfege and Conducting Skills I)
(Aural, Solfege and Conducting Skills II)
(Musical Theory I)
(Musical Theory II)
(History of Music I)
(History of Music II)
(Keyboard Musicianship III)
(Keyboard Musicianship IV)
(Private Music Instruction III)
(Private Music Instruction IV)
(Jazz Theory, Aural Skills and Improvisation III)
(Jazz Theory, Aural Skills and Improvisation IV)
(Jazz Workshop and Repertoire I)
(Jazz Workshop and Repertoire II)

Select a minimum of two credits (two courses) from the following list of Ensemble and Workshop courses:
(Choir III)
(Choir IV)
(VIU Singers III)
(VIU Singers IV)
(Vocal Jazz III)
(Vocal Jazz IV)
(Wind Ensemble III)
(Wind Ensemble IV)
(Advanced Guitar Ensemble I)
(Advanced Guitar Ensemble II)
(Jazz Ensemble III)
(Jazz Ensemble IV)

Fees - 33 credits* Amount Tuition (32 credits x $156.80 per credit) 5,017.60 

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 200.70 

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies 700.00 

Total 6,360.50

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