Bachelor in Jazz and Popular Music Studies

This degree is designed to train students for careers in jazz, popular or commercial music performance and/or instruction. The programme aims to develop a thorough understanding of jazz and popular music, and its relationship to contemporary Jamaican and Caribbean societies. The principal instrument, improvisation, jazz harmony and arranging, jazz and Jamaican music history, as well as jazz and popular ensembles, are emphasized in this programme of study.


  • Minimum FIVE (5) CXC subjects with grades 1 to 3 (grade 3 after 1998) or minimum FIVE (5) G.C.E. ‘O’ Level with grades A to C.
  • Be at least 17 years old at the time of admission.
  • English Language at the CXC/G.C.E. Level (or equivalent) is compulsory for all applicants.
  • SCHOOL OF MUSIC AUDITION: Applicants are asked to perform two (2) or three (3) contrasting pieces demonstrating the ability to perform, at an advanced level, on the applicant’s principal instrument.
    • International applicants are required to send a videotape or DVD of their performance for assessment in NTSC format. DVD must include:
      • A verbal introduction of name and country of origin.
      • Reasons for wanting to pursue a performing arts programme at EMCVPA.
      • Course choice (e.g. Bachelor of Fine Arts) and desired career path (e.g. teaching, performance).
      • Applicant’s audition performance.
  • MUSIC TESTS: Applicants to the School of Music will be required to pass an Aural Test, Sight Reading test, and Music Theory Test, as well as a technical assessment specific to the applicant’s instrument.
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants can register for the TOEFL examinations at
Program taught in:
  • English

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