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Music, Introduction to Commercial Jazz Music

Ministry Title: Introduction to Commercial/Jazz Music
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Program Code: JM1 Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Length: 2 semesters

Program Overview

Humber’s Introduction to Commercial Jazz Music certificate is a performance-based program designed to help you assess and strengthen your skills. It solidifies your knowledge of the fundamentals of western music and develops your current performance skills through the jazz-specific areas of improvisation, repertoire development and small group ensemble performance. You will emerge from the program with a clearer understanding of the field and your own career potential within it, and as a stronger candidate for entry into postsecondary music degree and diploma programs. All courses have a particular focus on the commercial/jazz field.

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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Recognize & identify common styles of music.

  • Describe the commercial/jazz field in terms of tradition, artists, & styles.

  • Explain the contribution of various artists to the development of particular styles & idioms.

  • Analyze the components & performance differences of recorded selections.

  • Play a repertoire of memorized materials that are considered standards in the commercial/jazz field & reflect the various styles inherent in this music.

  • Write diatonic melodies in various styles demonstrating knowledge of relevant harmonic & melodic concepts & structures of form.

  • Perform in an ensemble demonstrating basic ensemble skills such as intonation, tuning, time, feel, balance & dynamics.

  • Identify their own musical strengths & weaknesses in terms of a performance career in the commercial/jazz field.

  • Implement strategies & plans for on-going personal & professional growth & development.

  • Establish a practice of critical self-assessment & professional goal setting.


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The deadline for the first round of Music auditions is February 19, 2021. After this date, we will continue to take auditions on a first-come first-served basis until the programs are full.

Audition Preparation Workshop

Are you getting ready to audition for a college or university music program? Prepare in advance with help from Humber Music faculty!

Dates: February 6 and 7, 2021
Time: 9:30 am - 4 pm
Delivery Method: Online
Fee: $275 + HST
Register: Online

A limited number of scholarships are available for this program. If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Hannah.BurgeLuviano@humber.ca.

The Humber Advantage

Expert Faculty

Faculty are professional musicians and educators specializing in the area of jazz performance and theory.

Your Career

As a student in our program, you will study with many of Canada’s finest jazz musicians, thereby learning the craft directly from the pros. The program will help you develop the ability to accurately and confidently assess your skills in relation to existing vocational opportunities and future career directions.

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