Jazz Studies at The University of Toronto is a close-knit community of creative spirit located in the heart of Canada’s largest and most diverse urban centre.
At U of T Jazz, the best and brightest young musical minds form lifelong bonds with like-minded peers while they interact closely with a faculty comprised of accomplished professional jazz musicians, all of whom are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and passion.
At the core of the program is a philosophy of honoring the jazz tradition while incorporating current trends in modern jazz performance and composition. With an emphasis on team spirit and individual creativity, U of T Jazz students acquire the knowledge, skill, freedom, responsibility and encouragement to forge musical paths into the future. Graduate programs (MM and DMA) offer academic challenges consistent with the University of Toronto’s high standards, while allowing creative musical growth to be enhanced through self-directed curriculum opportunities.
Students enjoy abundant playing opportunities in large and small ensembles. There are many performances throughout the year on and off campus, and rehearsal space is abundant. Weekly masterclasses feature world-class performing artists and speakers from all walks of the music business.
The social experience is as important as the musical at U of T Jazz. Students are highly supportive and push each other towards higher musical goals. Personal expression and innovation is encouraged and celebrated. Intelligent and individual thinking is readily on display; while jazz is the shared passion, conversations in the ‘jazz lounge’ run the gamut of topics.
U of T Jazz students enjoy the benefits of a small, focused program within a highly respected and multi-faceted institution of higher learning, ranked as one of the 25 best universities in the world by the ARWU and one of the top three by the NTU. The opportunities for personal growth within the University of Toronto are boundless.
All told, the students, the faculty and the location make the University of Toronto one of the premier locations to study jazz in North America.