Jazz and Commercial Music at PCC offers training in a wide variety of musical styles and skills. While strongly rooted in the traditions of jazz, classes in this area are designed to equip the 21st century musician with relevant abilities for a career in music. Key areas include individual performance skills and work with large and small ensembles, improvisation, composition and arranging, as well as hands-on training in studio production. With a dedicated faculty of industry professionals, cutting edge facilities including an on-campus SSL-equipped recording studio, and a multitude of classes ranging from jazz improvisation to mixing popular music, Jazz and Commercial Music at PCC has something for everyone.  

Courses Offered

  • Music 144 - Introduction to Improvisation (1 unit)
  • Music 45A and 45B - Instrumental Improvisation (1 unit)
  • MUSC 094 Intro to Music Technology for Musicians
  • MUSC 096a Introduction to Music Recording and Production
  • MUSC 096b Music Recording & Production Applications
  • MUSC 096c Music Recording & Production Workshop
  • MUSC 129a Music in Multimedia
  • MUSC 093 The Music Business
  • MUSC 056 Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • MUSC 057A Jazz Combo
  • MUSC 057B Lancer Jazz Big Band
  • MUSC 057C Studio Jazz Ensemble
  • MUSC 057E Jazz Guitar Ensemble
  • MUSC 057F Latin Jazz Ensemble
  • MUSC 057I Vocal Jazz Combo
  • MUSC 133d Performance Ensemble-Jazz
  • MUSC 036a Pop-Jazz Theory
  • MUSC 036b Jazz-Commercial Theory
  • MUSC 105 Popular Songwriting

Additional Course Info

Learn more about our courses in Jazz and commercial music! Use the links below to see full course descriptions and see our current semester offerings.