Music Performance: Jazz


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.


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 career 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:

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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