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Core Music Courses – Instrumental Track

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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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“John Gove is an incredible professor with extensive knowledge in jazz theory. He teaches theory how it should be taught, which is direct application to your instrument in a playing context. I’ve never taken a better theory class with such a fine professor.”

— Richard Greig, CJC Student
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