The Jazz Studies undergraduate degree program has performance at its center.
Instrumentalists are required to take a total of 20 units of performance ensembles including jazz (8), big band (2), Afro-Caribbean (2), Brazilian (2) and three ensembles of their choice (6). Instrumentalists may also use 4 Elective credits toward performance ensembles. (See Instrumental and Vocal Curricula).
Vocalists are required to take a total of 28 units of performance courses in both solo and ensemble formats. Repertoire covers a wide range of styles from the Great American Songbook to contemporary jazz, world and popular music. Vocalists may also use 4 Elective credits toward performance ensembles. (See Instrumental and Vocal Curricula).
Public performance is an integral component of students’ tenure at the Jazzschool Institute. Students perform for the public a minimum of twice per year. Performances include concerts at the Jazzschool, dates at clubs throughout the Bay Area, and appearances at specially scheduled events.
Additionally, students may attend over one hundred concerts scheduled at the Jazzschool throughout the year free of charge. The Jazzschool Concert Series features a range of local, national and international artists. Visiting artists of note have included the Heath Bros., Theo Bleckmann, Kenny Werner, Taylor Eigsti, Peter Erskine, Quartet San Francisco, Pete Escovedo, Paula West, John Zorn, Geoffrey Keezer, Ambrose Akinmusire and many others!