When the new school year starts in 2011, Western Canada will have its first post-secondary degree program combining jazz and contemporary popular music.

Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan University is expanding its music school to include a Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Contemporary Popular Music.

This four-year degree program joins MacEwan’s long-running two-year Music Diploma program, which has trained artists ranging from country star Corb Lund to jazz trumpeter Lina Allemano.

MacEwan’s new BMus program — which starts accepting applications on Oct. 1 for the 2011-2012 academic year — is distinguished by two key factors:


It combines a focus on performing, recording and composing with “business of music” courses that help prepare students to thrive in the world of music, where independence and digital know-how are critical; and it provides students with a unique opportunity to combine studies in jazz with rock and pop.

The new BMus program at MacEwan offers numerous editorial angles, and interviews can be arranged with faculty and/or senior management.