A common misconception about versioning is that a great deal of the previous coding will change. The reality is that only a small percentage (typically two to five percent) of reported terms will have a change in coding. Our versioning clients ultimately find that there is little overall impact as a result of versioning and that the small number of changes is very manageable. The advantages gained from having only one version of each dictionary in use and the ease by which data can be pooled usually far outweigh the minimal cost and effort required to version.
The . in Jazz Performance is flexibly designed to offer specialization in Jazz Composition, Jazz Performance, and Jazz Orchestra training. All students take courses in jazz pedagogy, composition, and arranging, and benefit from close interaction with a diverse, creative, and professionally active faculty. A recital and a CD recording of original music are the principal thesis requirements. Our outstanding ensembles include the McGill Jazz Orchestra, the ten-piece McGill Chamber Ensemble, two more jazz orchestras, a saxophone ensemble, and over twenty jazz combos. Teaching opportunities vary from year to year, but are generally available in Jazz Theory, Jazz Ear Training, Jazz Orchestra 3, Jazz Improvisation, and Jazz Combo. Montreal’s vibrant jazz scene also provides rich opportunities for performance and musical engagement.