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Certificate of Achievement: Jazz Studies
The Certificate of Achievement in Jazz Studies provides creative and innovative training in all styles of jazz for students who wish to become working professionals. Concentrations of study include performance, theory, ear training, history, improvisation, music industry studies, and keyboard skills. Students are provided many opportunities to hone their skills in ensemble settings, individual practice, and the program maintains an active articulation agreement with the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, for those students who wish to go on to earn a BM in Jazz Studies.
Typical career options include but are not limited to: Jazz Performance, Jazz Accompaniment, Jazz Arranging Jazz Education, Jazz History, Jazz Journalism, Ensemble Direction, and Music Entrepreneurship.
Required Core (18 units)
MUS 4 Jazz in American Culture (3 units)
MUS 8A Music Theory and Musicianship I (4 units)
MUS 8B Music Theory and Musicianship 2 (4 units)
MUS 18A Jazz/Pop Piano 1 (1 unit)
MUS 37 Music Industry Career Development (3 units)
MUS 38 Applied Lessons (1 unit to be taken twice)
MUS 48 Improvisation Lab (1 unit)
Electives (Two Units)
MUS 14 Jazz Workshop (1 unit)
MUS 15 Jazz Ensemble (1 unit)
MUS 17A Jazz Combo 1 (1 unit)
MUS 17B Jazz Combo 2 (1 unit)
MUS 46 Vocal Jazz Ensemble (2 units)
Total Units: 20
Upon completion of the Certificate of Achievement in Jazz Studies, students are able to perform, arrange, and compose jazz literature.
Upon completion of the Certificate of Achievement in Jazz Studies, students are able to analyze and interpret harmonic, melodic, and formal elements of solos by jazz improvisation masters.
Upon completion of the Certificate of Achievement in Jazz Studies, students are able to rehearse and practice effectively.
For more information please contact:
Mertes Center for the Arts (Bldg 4000)
Las Positas College
3000 Campus Hills Drive
Livermore, CA 94551