• Develop a variety of applied skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of practical, theoretical and conceptual aspects of music   
  • Broaden musical knowledge spanning an array of styles and repertoire
  • Develop advanced critical thinking and creative problem-solving through regular performance-based activities and theoretical studies
  • Make critically informed and sophisticated responses to new musical ideas, methodologies and theoretical frameworks

Course Description

Jazz & Improvisation

Jazz & Improvisation embraces a studio intensive pedagogy where students learn performance and composition skills within individual and ensemble performance contexts. Through the African-American tradition of Jazz, Blues, RnB, Gospel and the European traditions of folk, indie and experimental music for example, improvisational processes and pedagogy facilitate the development of the musician beyond genre to where the student may realize their personal voice. Balancing technical skill and creativity, students develop advanced skills in performance and composition that enables them to engage with and lead contemporary music making in a global environment.

Students receive practical tuition through weekly individual instrumental or vocal lessons, instrument classes, extensive solo and ensemble performance opportunities, and regular master classes with distinguished national and international artists and teachers.

Bachelor of Music (BMus)

The Bachelor of Music provides advanced, pre-professional music training in five specialisations: Jazz & Improvisation, Interactive Composition and Music Performance, Composition, Musicology/Ethnomusicology

These five specialisations develop technically advanced and experienced musicians through an immersive and practical curriculum with core studies, music electives and complementary University Breadth subjects.

Bachelor of Music students learn from some of the most committed, talented and experienced teachers in Australia and play an active part in the musical life of the University and the city of Melbourne.

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

Bachelor of Music students are encouraged to apply for a fourth-year Honours degree. An honours year provides an intensive mode of study allowing you to master your specialisation and create a pathway into advanced graduate study options in music.

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