Is U of T Jazz Right For You?


How do you decide where to study music after high school? You may know a school’s reputation through word of mouth; you may have done some research (as you are doing now); your music teacher may make a recommendation (often his or her Alma Mater), or you may have a friend who attends a particular institution.

U of T Jazz is one of the best places to study jazz, however it is not the only choice, nor is every talented musician right for this program. To help you decide whether U of T Jazz is a suitable program for you, we’ve put together a list of qualities we look for in our applicants. If these qualities seem to describe you, then it is likely that U of T is a good choice.

The successful U of T Jazz applicant:

  • Is motivated and focused.
  • Is a good student, in all subjects, not just music.
  • Has a private teacher who is well-versed in jazz.
  • Listens to jazz on a regular basis.
  • Is familiar with major jazz artists, past and present, including Canadian jazz artists.
  • May have other musical interests outside the jazz realm.
  • Plays or sings at an intermediate to advanced level.
  • Improvises at an intermediate to advanced level.
  • Has a solid foundation in music rudiments.
  • Has basic to intermediate skills in traditional and jazz harmony.
  • Has had limited experience composing and arranging, and desires to learn more.
  • Has experience playing in small and large jazz ensembles, and may have other ensemble experience as well.
  • Exhibits leadership qualities, as well as collaborative ability.
  • Has a realistic and informed view of the music world today.
  • Is passionate about music, and life in general.

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