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The Jazz Performance principal study is available in the Bachelor of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Music (Music Education) and Diploma of Music in the following areas: bass, brass, drums, guitar, piano, vibraphone or woodwind, and involves instrumental lessons, performance workshops and sectional tutorials. 

Our Jazz Studies program is one of the oldest and most highly regarded jazz programs in Australia. Students work alongside some of Australia’s best-known jazz musicians and composers and are trained in improvisation, ensemble playing and repertoire development. Studies in aural, harmony and history subjects support these skills. The aim is for each student to achieve both artistic individuality and a high level of musical literacy. Students benefit from small numbers for maximum contact with staff and fellow players.

Regular masterclasses and performance workshops with guest lecturers supplement individual instrumental training (recent guests include Aaron Goldberg and Jim Black), and our expert tutors direct weekly jazz improvisation classes. Classes in jazz music business skills prepare graduating students for the non-musical aspects of their career. The program also includes three big bands and eleven small ensembles, with many opportunities for performance within the Sydney Conservatorium and at jazz festivals. In 2015 the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra were invited to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2010 the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Big Band was invited to perform at the Shanghai World Expo.

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Graduate opportunities

Jazz Performance students will develop as professional musicians who will reach the levels of excellence demanded by the music profession. Graduates are prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities, including careers as performing soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral/ensemble players, as well as music educators, creators, researchers and writers.

Career pathways

− artist agent − arts administrator − audio engineer − composer − concert manager − contemporary musician − event producer − festival or venue manager − jazz musician − music journalist − music producer − private studio teacher − school music teacher

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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