History and Programs


History and Programs

Founded in 2009, the California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) is positioned as the only independent, accredited music conservatory in the country devoted solely to the study and performance of the African American art form, jazz, and related styles of music.

The CJC offers instrumentalists and vocalists a four-year Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, a two-year Associate of Arts in Jazz Studies, and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies: A Master’s Degree for the 21st Century Jazz Composer-Performer.

The California Jazz Conservatory offers students:

  • A 100% jazz-related curriculum taught by artist-educators with a proven track record of turning students into professionals, musicians into artists
  • A synergistic, comprehensive jazz education and performance program for today’s professional jazz instrumentalist and vocalist
  • Small classes taught by professional artists and experienced educators in the field of jazz and related styles of music
  • Opportunities to study with preeminent visiting artists and educators
  • Performance opportunities at prominent Bay Area venues; workshop opportunities with resident faculty and visiting artists
  • Access to important networking opportunities

The CJC campus is located at in two buildings on Addison Street in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District. Part of the vibrant East Bay performing arts scene, the CJC is situated in close proximity to the Berkeley Repertory and Aurora Theatres, The Freight & Salvage, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the world class performing arts presenter Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley. Public transit, located within a block of CJC, offers easy access to the San Francisco Bay Area arts, entertainment, cultural, and performance offerings.

The CJC holds its students accountable to the highest artistic, academic and ethical standards at all times. Students are evaluated on their performance in classes; juries; concerts; and Senior Project, a final project synthesizing their artistic and academic work over the course of their chosen program of study.

The California Jazz Conservatory is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It does not discriminate in the admissions process or in the awarding of financial aid on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.