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Bachelor of Music (Performance) (Jazz Studies)

Overview

The internationally renowned Jazz Studies program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music 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.
 
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Areas of study

Jazz ensemble, jazz performance (bass, brass, drums, electric guitar, piano, vibraphone and woodwind).

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Music (Performance) Jazz Studies may be undertaken full-time over four years or part-time over eight years. Full-time students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points (cp) during first year. The course is structured to allow students to achieve a high standard in their area of specialisation and to undertake other study central to the development of the professional musician.

There are compulsory core studies in which students must complete a minimum number of credit points: principal study (48cp), studies in analysis, history and culture (21cp), music skills (24cp) and a range of complimentary studies in performance and ensemble units. In the final year, 24 credit points of Project units are taken along with a further 12 credit points of electives related to the project study area. Students also select other elective units of study, either from within their specialisation, in another area of musical study at the Conservatorium, or in another faculty of the University.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Applying for honours

The Bachelor of Music (Performance) Honours is designed to allow students with superior performance ability and potential to extend their knowledge and skill bases and to develop artistic autonomy in the area of their principal study. Honours students will have demonstrated superior performance ability and the capacity to develop and carry out a specialised research project. Honours provides opportunities for students to: extend their pass degree work and gain excellence in performance and performance-based research in a specific area relevant to their own professional and musical interests and needs; develop performance, research and writing skills essential to a level suitable for entry qualification for quality postgraduate programs; obtain an extra professional qualification that may assist employment prospects; and work closely with performance and academic staff of the Conservatorium.
 

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.
Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule. In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant to attend an audition in the proposed instrument or voice. The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants.

Course opportunities

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.

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Music (Performance) Jazz Studies supports the development of professional musicians through acquisition of an integrated body of knowledge, skills and attitudes. While students are required to specialise in their principal study and to reach levels of excellence demanded by the music profession, graduates are prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities, including careers as performing soloists, ensemble players, as well as music educators, creators, researchers and writers.
 
·         Jazz musician/singer
·         Collaborative musician
·         Folk musician
·         Writer
·         Researcher
·         Primary/High School teacher
·         Music journalist
 

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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