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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.

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Master voice teacher helps create world class singers

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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.

Angela Fabian

Bachelor of Musical Theatre

Angela Fabian graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz voice), and said her studies had given her the skills and confidence to compete at a national level.

“I had always sung by ear, and I didn’t read music, so in my early 40s, I decided to go to university. I learned so much at the Con, and they all accepted me with open arms. Now I feel like I have so much to give, and I’m never going to stop following my dreams” she said.

Angela Fabian

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Career outcomes

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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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 8 March — Saturday 19 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 8 March 2021 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 June.

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Thursday 29 April — Thursday 29 April

Year 11 and 12 Parent and Student Information Webinar

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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

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Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

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Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

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Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July

TSXPO

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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses

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Thursday 26 August — Thursday 26 August

Year 9 and 10 Parent and Student Information Webinar

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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