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
Senior Lecturer in Music (Jazz and Improvisation)

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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

Music Neuroscience Symposium 2020 – How Music Sculpts the Brain

Monday 24 Feb 2020 at 5:00pm
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences are delighted to welcome as our recently appointed Professorial Fellow in the MSPS, Dr Isabelle Peretz, from the University of Montreal. Dr Peretz’s keynote will describe the main findings of more than thirty...

Puccini Double Bill: Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

Thursday 12 Mar 2020 - Sunday 15 Mar 2020
The Coopers Malthouse
Featuring the next generation of Australia’s emerging opera performers, Master of Music (Opera Performance) students from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music present Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. In the first, Sister Angelica is a young noblewoman who has been forced to become a ...
  • Hannah McKittrick

    Her Gaze is HardeningFirst Commissions inspired by Titanic: create the impossible.Artist StatementTrigger Warning: rape, sexual and emotional abuse Her Gaze Is Hardening depic...
  • Oliver Cox

    For Jacinda Part I: Ardem, Part II: You are us, Part III: UpFirst Commissions inspired by The Sleeping Beauty: portray an extravagant political figure.Artist StatementFor Jaci...
  • Jazz Ensemble

    Small and large student ensembles live at the historical Kelvin Club.Photos by Sav Schulman...

News

Four new faces at the Melbourne Conservatorium in 2020

23 December 2019
2020 promises to be an exciting year at the Melbourne Conservatorium, with milestone anniversaries, an incredible array of public performances, and teaching, research and musi...

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...