CJC Degree Programs
Jazzschool Classes/ Workshops
The 100- and 200-numbered courses are lower division courses. The 300- and 400-numbered courses are upper division courses.
Vocal Performance PRF110A–210B Vocal Performance 3 credits, 3 hours lecture/lab A four-semester course covering a range of styles from the Great American Songbook to bebop, modal, world, contemporary popular, and free music. Students compose original material, write lyrics and create their own arrangements. Accompanied by a pianist and/or rhythm section, singers focus on interpretation, stage presence, improvisation, vocal technique, phrasing as well as cultivating a personal style. Students are expected to develop a repertoire of 80 songs over this four-year course. Open to vocalists and instrumentalists. Prerequisites: MUS110A and THE100A or concurrent enrollment.
PRF215 Brazilian Jazz Bass and Voice Duets 2 credits, 2 hours lecture/lab elective An ensemble in duet format for bass and voice focusing on iconic Brazilian jazz repertoire with lyrics in both English and Brazilian Portuguese. Open to vocalists only.
PRF219 Vocal Intensive 2 credits, lecture/lab A six-day workshop co-led by a select artist in residence and vocal program director. An exploration of technical and stylistic considerations designed to forward personal artistic voice. Includes lectures, rehearsals, private instruction and a concert open to the public. Professional accompaniment provided throughout. Maximum enrollment: 10. Prerequisite: consent of vocal chair.
PRF310A Advanced Vocal Performance 3 credits, 3 hours lecture/lab A continuation of PRF210B, focusing on students’ repertoire of choice. Prerequisites: PR210B or consent of vocal chair.
PRF111A and PRF111B Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2 credits, 2 hours lab Repertoire includes historic arrangements from groups including Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and the Singers Unlimited as well as original charts and arrangements. Emphasis on singing close harmony parts, sight reading, intonation and creating a stylistically relevant ensemble sound. Prerequisite: PRF110B.3, audition or by consent of vocal chair.