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Jazz and world music

A brand new program is now being offered by the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music: a major in jazz and world music. In the framework of a curriculum focusing on the diversity of musical practices, students interested in jazz have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and deepen their knowledge notably with regard to Cuban and Brazilian music.

The courses, lectures and workshops offered approach traditional jazz with a specialization in world music performance. Thanks to a team of seasoned artist-teachers, students also get the chance to acquire unique tools in jazz education.

Three components for a complete panorama

The Faculty of Music’s world music curricula combine three major components:

  • Solid theoretical training, including a series of workshops on the migration of African, Cuban and Brazilian rhythms
  • Performance courses
  • Collective musical practice, in broad and open ensembles, that make it possible to test more concretely the different styles and genres addressed

 Workshops and courses offered are accessible to all Faculty of Music students; among them are:

  • Cuban music workshop
  • Brazilian music workshop
  • The teaching of jazz
  • World music ensemble (by audition)
  • Large percussion ensemble (by audition)
  • Individual courses in jazz and world music percussion (for students in jazz performance programs)

Major and minor: curricula allowing for a blending of disciplines

The major in jazz and world music program may be associated with other short programs offered at Université de Montréal, including the new minor in jazz composition and arrangement. This formula can lead to a bachelor’s degree by accumulating certificates.

The major in jazz and world music can also constitute an entryway to the bachelor’s in jazz performance.

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Major in jazz and world music

Get to know...

Reno De Stefano

Professor of jazz guitar

An encounter with Reno De Stefano, professor of jazz guitar at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music.

Simone Leblanc

Bachelor’s student in performance

A get-together with Simone Leblanc, bachelor’s student in jazz performance (saxophone) at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music.