Jazz Music Institute (JMI)

Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance

Jazz Music Institute (JMI)

Course details

CRICOS course code: 0100198

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


JMI’s Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance is a 1-year full time music course endorsed by some of the biggest international jazz artists. This is a performance-based course where students will spend the majority of their contact hours playing their instrument. Each student receives individual one-on-one lessons on their major instrument (voice, guitar, bass, drums, piano, brass or woodwind) supplemented by a variety of music classes that focus on aural skills, jazz theory, improvisation, jazz history and small group ensemble.

Course Structure

The Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance is structured exactly the same as the first year of JMI’s Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.

The one year full-time course is divided into three study areas: Performance, Core Studies and Creative Studies.

Students undertake:

Principal Study (individual lessons with instrumental teacher)

Concert Performance Practice (weekly student performances)

Improvisation Techniques

Small group jazz ensemble

These subjects are supported by the theoretical subjects:

Jazz Materials (music theory)

Aural and Analysis (listening and transcription skills)

Jazz in Context (jazz history)

Students learn a significant amount of jazz repertoire in both the practical and theory classes, equipping them with the ability to analyse form, structure, harmony, melody and rhythm from different perspectives.

The course structure for the Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance is based on 2 semesters (each of 13 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks), with 7 subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

14 subjects in total, all of them being core subjects.

To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of 80 credit points with the satisfactory completion of the core subjects noted below in First Year.


Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance will be able to articulate directly into the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance program, receiving 80 credit points towards the 240 credit point degree program.

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Course opportunities

Start date: 26 July 2021
Duration: 1 year
Study mode: Full time

Jazz Music Institute (JMI)

1/47 Brookes Street
Brisbane Queensland 4006

Entry criteria

Applicants to this course will need to demonstrate a level of English Language proficiency equivalent to receiving a Pass in Year 12 English (applicants will need to provide a copy of their Year 12 Certificate at when submitting audition documentation). If applicants have not achieved this grade in Year 12 English, they will need to undertake an English Proficiency Test prior to audition (please contact JMI for information regarding English Proficiency tests). If you are deemed to not have sufficient proficiency in English, you may be asked to take a short course, as advised by the admissions panel, prior to being offered a place at JMI.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age.

English Language Proficiency

International students can use the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. An applying student will need to achieve an IELTS Score of 6.5 or above with no sub score below 6.0 to be able to gain entry into this course.

International students can also use the TOEFL-iBT test to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. An applying student will need to a TOEFL-iBT score of 85 or above with a minimum of 24 in writing. TOEFL-iBT results must have been achieved not more than 24 months before the applicant intends to commence this course.