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Preparatory School Jazz Certificate

Requirements for the Jazz Certificate Program at each of the four levels are outlined below. Exceptions and waivers must be requested in writing and may be granted only by the Faculty Council. Instrumental repertoire and technique requirements vary by level and department. For all levels of the certificate program, students must be enrolled in private lessons through NEC Prep. Please consult with your studio teacher or department chair on specific pieces. Students are required to receive a grade of High Pass or higher on their PLE to receive the certificate. Work at each certificate level normally requires two years of study.

Level I

  • Meet instrumental repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete one jazz classroom course and/or small jazz ensemble

Level II

  • Meet instrumental repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete one year jazz ensemble
  • Complete two classroom courses total (one of these can be completed in a Level 1 certificate)

Level III

  • Meet instrumental repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete Jazz Styles and Analysis I
  • Complete 1 year of small jazz ensemble
  • Complete either Jazz History or Advanced Jazz Ear Training
  • Present half recital program

Level IV

  • Meet instrumental repertoire & technique requirements
  • Complete Jazz Styles and Analysis II
  • Complete 1 year of small jazz ensemble
  • Complete Jazz Theory 2 or 3, Jazz History, and Advanced Jazz Ear Training, and have completed Level 3 Jazz Certificate
  • Present a full recital