Music Performance: Jazz

Quebec CEGEP
Previous year's cutoff:
Your overall CEGEP average must be 75% or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 80% or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
Prerequisite courses:

You need a diploma of collegial studies.

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Ontario high school
Previous year's cutoff:
Your grade 11 and 12 average must be 75% or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 80% or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
Prerequisite courses:

You need a high school diploma from Ontario, including six pre-university courses (4U, 4M). You must have taken four 4U level courses or three 4Us plus three or more 4Ms.

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other Canadian high school
Previous year's cutoff:
Your grade 11 and 12 average must be 75% or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 80% or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
Prerequisite courses:

You need a high school diploma.

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

U.S. high school
Previous year's cutoff:
Your grades 10-12 average must be B or higher if you're applying to a performance program, B+ or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
Prerequisite courses:

You need a high school diploma. The SAT/ACT is not required for admission, but is required if you want to be assessed for academic scholarships.

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other
Previous year's cutoff:

While the minimum requirement for McGill is the equivalent of a B+ average, most programs will have higher requirements. See the complete admissions requirements for more information applicable to your situation.

Prerequisite courses:
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

See the complete requirements

Overview

The Jazz B.Mus. curriculum includes jazz theory and harmony, keyboard, history, performance practice, and two years each of improvisation, composition, and arranging. It will help you to greatly improve as a musician and performer while developing important skills in areas like music theory, music history, and professional training.

Throughout this program, you will have access to private instrumental instruction. You can participate in McGill's three award-winning jazz orchestras, the chamber jazz orchestra and approximately twenty combos that perform regularly at local venues. The program ties together the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that will help you to succeed as a musician.


Careers

This program is meant to help you prepare for a career as a musician and to improve your technical and creative skills. Courses in history, theory, and professional training will help open additional careers paths should you decide to pursue a career in areas like music journalism, instruction, community engagement and more.

You could become a professional:

  • Performer
  • Songwriter
  • Music theorist
  • Music journalist
  • Producer

Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:

Learn more about how majors and minors work

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Schulich School of Music.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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