Jazz Music Institute (JMI)

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance

Jazz Music Institute (JMI)

Course details

CRICOS course code: 098338G

Level of study: Undergraduate


Course description

JMI’s Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance is a 3-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.

Students will learn from some of Australia’s finest jazz educators and performers to develop the necessary skills to become a successful musician in the music industry. JMI’s faculty includes winners of the National Jazz Awards, performers who have extensively toured nationally and internationally, appeared regularly on television plus more.

Course structure

The three year full-time degree 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)
  • Business Studies

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. Electives include Jazz Composition, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Research, Performance Project Study and Music Technology among others.

The course structure for the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance is based on 6 semesters (each of 13 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks), with 7 subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

42 subjects in total;

36 core subjects, divided into 3 areas: Performance Studies / Core Studies / Creative Studies

6 electives:

  • 18 Performance Studies subjects
  • 12 Core Studies subjects
  • 6 Creative Studies subjects
  • 6 Electives

To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 240 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects noted below and satisfactory completion of 6 Electives subjects.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this course will have the developed technical, analytical, communication and creative skills to engage in a professional career. Such career pathways include;

  • Freelance musician
  • Recording artist
  • Private teacher
  • Teacher at primary or secondary school
  • Studio musician
  • Jazz arranger

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Course opportunities

Start date: 26 July 2021
Duration: 3 years
Study mode: Full time

Jazz Music Institute (JMI)

1/47 Brookes Street
Brisbane Queensland 4006

Entry criteria

Applicants must be over 18 years of age.

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).

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.