Jazz and Improvisation

Jazz and Improvisation at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

We balance the development of technical skills with creativity and encourage the development of personal voice through contemporary performance practice and original compositions. Our students embrace a diversity of music genres including; world music, popular music, folk music, experimental music, electronica, crossover media, acapella and multimedia.

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Our students participate in a range of concerts, events and interactive projects, reflecting our commitment to music making in a broad range of musical styles and media.

Our Interactive Composition and Jazz and Improvisation students collaborate with each other and also with other students across the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music to develop arts projects in a variety of mediums and styles, while students from across the University can participate in our range of breadth programs.

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Joining in 2020

Dr Dylan van der Schyff

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The course was five days a week, with a performance-based/practical subject pretty much every day, which was great. I would practise every day, and would rehearse with both small and large ensembles at least three days a week too. We also had great theory-based classes and so each day would bring a variety of different material to work on and practise, all relevant and related to each other.

Alex Czarnecki-Roper
Bachelor of Music, specialisation in Jazz & Improvisation
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Conservatorium Events

Jazz & Improvisation Small Ensemble Series

Tuesday 15 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm
Grant Street
This two-night concert series features second and third year student ensembles from the Conservatorium’s Jazz & Improvisation program, performing original compositions and arrangements in small ensemble settings. We strongly encourage booking in advance for all of our events. This guarantees your...

Jazz & Improvisation Small Ensemble Series

Tuesday 15 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm
Grant Street
This two-night concert series features second and third year student ensembles from the Conservatorium’s Jazz & Improvisation program, performing original compositions and arrangements in small ensemble settings. We strongly encourage booking in advance for all of our events. This guarantees your...

Jazz & Improvisation Large Ensemble Series

Wednesday 16 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm
Grant Street
The Conservatorium’s Jazz & Improvisation program showcase their eclectic range of large ensembles, featuring staff and emerging contemporary improvisers. We strongly encourage booking in advance for all of our events. This guarantees your seat, and allows us to communicate any unforeseen event s...

News

Herbie Hancock comes to the University of Melbourne for International Jazz Day

15 April 2019
UNESCO’s 2019 International Jazz Day will be presented this month in partnership with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Head of Jazz and Improvisation Associate Pro...

Five questions for Andrea Keller, Lecturer in Music (Jazz and Improvisation – Piano)

18 June 2018
She’s won multiple ARIA and Australian Jazz “Bell” Awards, written and recorded dozens of albums, and is a strong voice for women in jazz – so what wou...

Two-minute interview: Alex Pertout, percussionist

18 May 2018
He’s a multi-award-winning artist whose playing has graced iconic Australian number-one hits by Daniel Braithwaite and Powderfinger, and a founding member of the Austral...