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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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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Diploma in Music and Bachelor of Science student Thien Pham wins $10,000 James Morrison Jazz Scholarship

27 July 2022
Diploma in Music student Thien Pham was announced the 33rd winner of the $10,000 James Morrison Jazz Scholarship for solo instrumentalists under 19 on 8 May. The announcement...

Bells Make Me Sing: re-recording a Brian Brown classic to celebrate 40 years of Jazz and Improvisation

31 May 2021
In April this year, 13 students and staff from the Jazz and Improvisation course at the University of Melbourne came together to perform a new version of a very special track....

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Lecturer Sunny Kim presents the 2020 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address

14 December 2020
Lecturer in Jazz & Improvisation at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Sunny Kim was invited to deliver the prestigious Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address earlier this month...

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