Bachelor of Music (Jazz and Improvisation)

  • CRICOS code: 058837J
  • VTAC code: 3800638231
  • International VTAC code: 3800638233

Course overview

  • 6 years part time / 3 years full time
  • On Campus (Southbank)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February


The Bachelor of Music provides advanced training across a variety of musical disciplines. Students major in Composition, Interactive Composition, Jazz & Improvisation, Musicology & Ethnomusicology, Music Studies, or Performance.

The program develops technically advanced and experienced musicians through an immersive and practical curriculum with music core studies, music electives and complementary breadth subjects.

The Jazz & Improvisation major is an immersive program building students’ creative and improvisatory skills through individual, small-group and large-group performance.

This major celebrates its role as the custodian of Australian jazz, improvised music performance and scholarship, while embracing its status as the nation’s pre-eminent cultivator of new works drawing on the Australian Indigenous, non-Western, European and African-American jazz traditions within a culture of inclusivity that embraces diversity.

You will:

  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the practical, theoretical and conceptual aspects of music
  • Broaden their musical knowledge across a range of styles and repertoire
  • Develop advanced critical thinking and creative problem-solving through regular practical activities and theoretical studies
  • Participate in performance and academic activities
  • Have opportunities for solo and ensemble performances
  • Have access to a wide range of invaluable career experiences at a local or international context.

Future pathways

Upon completion of the course, you may choose to apply for a fourth-year Honours degree. An honours year provides an intensive mode of study allowing you to master your knowledge and create a pathway into advanced graduate study options in music.