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

Grant!

Thursday 22 Aug 2019 at 7:00pm
Grant Street
Jazz sessions and art transmissions curated by students from the Conservatorium’s Jazz & Improvisation program. Featuring special guest performers each week: some old, some borrowed, some outright stolen, and some kind of blue. This program is generously supported by the Lionel Gell Foundation.

Sir John Barbirolli in Australia

Friday 23 Aug 2019 at 1:00pm
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
Professor Raymond Holden AM, Professor of Public Engagement at the Royal Academy of Music, London, presents a lecture focusing on Sir John Barbirolli’s two visits to Australia.

Mimir Festival - Chamber Music Masterclass One

Saturday 24 Aug 2019 at 10:00am
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
Violist Joan DerHovsepian holds the position of Associate Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She joined the viola section of the Houston Symphony in 1999, hired by Christoph Eschenbach, and began her current position with the HS in the fall of 2010. She is an Artist Teacher of Viola ...

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