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The Jazz Studies program at FCC is nationally recognized as one of the finest community college programs in the U. S. Courses include jazz theory, improvisation, arranging, and history. as well as many performing groups. Our jazz faculty includes some of the best educators, players, and composers in the area. They adjudicate and give clinics at many jazz festivals, and teach at summer jazz programs.

The FCC Jazz Ensemble consistently wins top honors at major jazz festivals. The FCC Jazz Composers Orchestra has performed at the 2005 International Association for Jazz Education Conference, and will be recording its first CD in January 2006. Both of these groups, along with the jazz combos and vocal ensembles, perform regularly throughout the year, both on and off campus.

FCC jazz students have gone on to study at Berklee, Cal Arts, University of North Texas, USC, and CSU Fresno, Hayward, Long Beach, and Los Angeles. Several are professional musicians in New York and Los Angeles.

Every spring, FCC also hosts the annual City Jazz Festival, featuring concerts and workshops by major jazz artists. Student jazz ensembles from throughout California also participate. The festival concludes with an evening “Awards Concert.” Please visit for more information.

City Jazz is grateful for the help of JazzFresno, an organization devoted to keeping jazz alive and well in the Valley. Check their website for details on upcoming jazz events.

Courses in the Jazz Studies area include:

Jazz Ensembles
• Jazz Combo (MUS 47)
• Studio Jazz Combo (MUS 77)
• Lab Jazz Combo (MUS 78)
• Jazz Ensemble (MUS 41)
• Studio Jazz Ensemble (MUS 70)
• Lab Jazz Ensemble (MUS 71)
• Latin Jazz Ensemble (MUS 48)

Other Jazz Courses
• Beginning Jazz Improvisation (MUS 10A)
• Int/Adv Jazz Improvisation (MUS 10B)
• Jazz Theory (MUS 4)
• Jazz Arranging (MUS 6)
• Jazz History and Appreciation (MUS 16)

Other Courses of Interest
While not specifically designed for jazz students, these courses might be interesting and helpful to you:
• Audio Engineering (MUS 8)
• MIDI Music Production (MUS 5)
• The Music Business (MUS 111)
• Intro to Finale (MUS 112)

Last updated: 7/23/2009 12:16:50 PM