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Message from the Jazzschool President

susan muscarellaDear JCMS Students,

Welcome to the Jazzschool!

2017 is an especially important year in that it marks the 20th anniversary of the Jazzschool! Twenty years ago — on Sunday, September 21, 1997, to be exact — the Jazzschool opened its doors to a sold-out concert featuring the Dick Hindman Trio in its first-ever venue on Shattuck Avenue in Downtown Berkeley. Founded with the hope that if we built it, they would come, we enrolled 142 students in 195 classes and workshops that very first quarter! Now, twenty years and an annual average of 2,000 students later, the CJC proudly operates as the only independent, accredited music conservatory in the country devoted to the study and performance of jazz and related styles of music. This fall, we’ll celebrate our 20th anniversary with the grand opening of a new 5,500 square-foot campus expansion on Addison Street: additional classrooms, practice rooms, a listening library and performance space that will both meet our current needs and accommodate our future growth for years to come. Watch for the date — you’re all invited!

Along with the wide array of Jazzschool courses and workshops that you’ll find listed in this catalog, the California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) also offers a 4-year Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies with new options for concentrations in Brazilian Jazz and Audio Production (in partnership with the world-renowned Fantasy Studios). The Jazz Studies program is designed for those of you who are aspiring professionals seeking a music degree or just wishing to expand your musical horizons. If you’re interested in knowing more about the degree program, please visit the Bachelor of Music section of the CJC website or email me at susan@cjc.edu. The CJC accepts students on either a full- or part-time basis in both fall
and spring semesters. Applications are available online at cjc.edu/apply.

Thank you to all of you — our students — for making these last two decades so meaningful
for all of us here at the CJC!


Susan Muscarella
President and Dean of Instruction,
California Jazz Conservatory

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