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Core Music Courses – Instrumental Track


Instrumentalists are required to take 89 (pianists) / 91 (non-pianists) credits of the following Core Music Courses: 20 credits of stylistically varying performance ensembles over eight semesters including: jazz (8 credits); big band (2 credits); Afro-Caribbean (2 credits); Brazilian (2 credits); Indian (2 credits); and ensembles of their choice (4 credits). 4 additional credits may be taken as Elective courses. Additional required Core courses include: ear training and sight-singing (12 credits); keyboard proficiency (2 credits); jazz theory and improvisation (12 credits); form and analysis of jazz standards (4 credits); jazz composi- tion (3 credits); jazz arranging (3 credits); the music of Latin America (2 credits); jazz and intercultural practice (2 credits); Western European harmonic practice (6 credits); Western European music history (6 credits); music technology (5 credits); business of music (4 credits); private instruction (8 credits); and a senior project (2 credits).

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“The CJC provides some of the most in depth study of jazz out there. A core curriculum of not two, but four semesters of jazz ear training and hands on jazz theoryand improvisation, culminating in transcription and analysis of the greatest jazz artists of all time. The teachers are wonderful, organized and communicate concepts in a way that clearly transforms each and every student.”

— Lisa Feldman, CJC Student
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