Music Performance - Jazz
The Jazz Program at the Elder Conservatorium of Music is one of Australia’s most innovative and contemporary Jazz institutions.
The Conservatorium’s program is the only one in Australia to have received multiple ‘Student Music Awards’ from DownBeat magazine, the Jazz musician’s ‘handbook’ around the world. Our graduates are performing, teaching, composing, arranging and recording throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, the U.S. and more.
The quality and popularity of the Jazz Program has contributed to a continuing increase of student numbers, with regular performances featuring Big Bands, Jazz Choirs, Latin Ensembles and up to twenty Small Jazz Ensembles. Teaching staff and guest artists include some of the finest national and international jazz musicians and educators, including Bob Mintzer, James Muller, Ray Vega, Jon Gordon, Mark Levine, Michelle Nicolle, Allan Browne, Eugene Ball, and Mike Nock.
The curriculum is strongly integrated, based on a traditional and historical methodology as well as contemporary styles and is committed to the highest standards of professional performance. In addition to performance, 1:1 lessons and a range of ensemble activities, students attend classes in theory, improvisation, history and arranging as well as masterclasses within the instrumental and vocal specialisations. We also have classes featuring music technology, including looping and sampling, career paths, music business and world music. Our weekly Forum gives performance opportunities to our many small ensembles, with feedback from both staff and students.
Jazz Performance at the Elder Conservatorium is an exciting and vibrant area, featuring regular visits by world-class performers and educators. It is directed and staffed by high profile practising jazz musicians, providing students with excellent career opportunities within jazz and all musical styles as well as education.
Head of Jazz