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Learn with acclaimed jazz musicians at Queensland Conservatorium
Do you live and breathe jazz? If you enjoy playing, listening and composing jazz, consider majoring in this complex and creative musical form.
As an aspiring jazz musician you'll develop your technique, skills and experience, ready for a professional career in the music industry. Our program provides an education that's grounded in the jazz tradition, while looking to the musical future.
Studying at Queensland Conservatorium you'll learn and perform with acclaimed jazz musicians in some of the southern hemisphere's best performance spaces. Many of Australia's top jazz exponents started here, including Katie Noonan, Kate Miller-Heidke, Megan Washington, Isaac Hurren and Jacam Manricks.
Study jazz at Griffith
Master voice teacher helps create world class singers
Become more fluent in this complex form
Learn from the best
Our highly acclaimed teaching staff will prepare you for a competitive career in music and help you achieve high levels of musical literacy.
You will benefit from the expert teaching, training and support of our dedicated jazz lecturers. They are nationally established musicians with international connections to the New York, Boston, London, Toronto, Tokyo and Montreal music scenes, where they often tour. Several are also experienced in other genres, such as north and south Indian, country, classical music, Brazilian or Afro-Cuban.
You have the freedom to specialise in voice, piano, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, vibes, flute, violin or clarinet. You will have the opportunity to perform in the Conservatorium's premier ensemble, The Con Artists, or play regular gigs at leading Brisbane venues. In jazz music performance, there's an inherent link between improvisation and composition and you will be supported in achieving a high level of performance excellence.
You will learn to be versatile, as you acquire a technical foundation on your individual instrument that allows you to speak the language of jazz freely. You will develop a respect for other musical styles that encourages you to develop as a creative, innovative musician into the future.
Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice)
Mirusia Louwerse is an Australian-Dutch soprano who gained worldwide fame as a soloist with Andre Rieu—the man responsible for turning classical and waltz music into a hugely successful worldwide concert touring act. She studied opera at Queensland Conservatorium and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest winner ever of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. She says her time at Queensland Conservatorium was marked by a feeling that it was finally a place where she fitted in, where she 'made lifelong friends and contacts in the music industry'. 'My dream always was to tour the world, and I am fortunate to say I have followed and lived that dream so far! I am really proud of my achievements in my career, but I am also still learning every day and there is still so much I want to do.'
Graduate with the skills to compose your career
The career roadmap for our graduates often includes performing before a variety of audiences in numerous types of venues
As a professional, you'll be able to use the wide-ranging analytical, technical, creative and conceptual skills acquired in your degree to great advantage. Alongside our star alumni, you'll find your place on the world stage working in areas that include:
- Freelance professional musician
- Member of jazz groups
- Teacher at primary, secondary or tertiary level or in a private studio
- Film industry scoring soundtracks
- Session musician
- Composer and arranger
- Arts administrator
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Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 October
Trimester 2: Teaching and exams
Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.
Monday 26 October — Friday 30 October
Trimester 3: Orientation
Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.