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Juries & Senior Project


Students are required to take four juries over the course of their studies at the CJC as they move from one class level — e.g. Freshman or Sophomore — to the next. The purpose of these juries is to evaluate students’ progress in private instruction, and to confirm their mastery of the material covered in the CJC’s core Jazz Theory and Improvisation and Ear Training and Sight Singing curriculum.

The timing of juries correlates with class level. Students must take a jury when advancing in class level to continue their studies at the CJC. Class level is determined by the total number of credits earned towards their degree: students who have earned between 0 and 34 credits are considered Freshmen, and so on as shown below.

Credits completed Class Level
0 – 34
35 – 68
69 – 102
103 +


Senior Project
Graduating seniors must complete a Senior Project comprising a performance of original compositions and/or arrangements in a full length concert openmto the public.

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The Word

“The CJC provides some of the most in depth study of jazz out there. A core curriculum of not two, but four semesters of jazz ear training and hands on jazz theoryand improvisation, culminating in transcription and analysis of the greatest jazz artists of all time. The teachers are wonderful, organized and communicate concepts in a way that clearly transforms each and every student.”

— Lisa Feldman, CJC Student
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