The Jazz Studies program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is one of the oldest and most highly regarded jazz programs in Australia. Students work alongside some of Australia’s best-known jazz musicians and composers and are trained in improvisation, ensemble playing and repertoire development. Studies in aural, harmony and history subjects support these skills. The aim is for each student to achieve both artistic individuality and a high level of musical literacy. Students benefit from small numbers for maximum contact with staff and fellow players.

Regular masterclasses and performance workshops with guest lecturers supplement individual instrumental training (recent guests include Aaron Goldberg and Jim Black), and our expert tutors direct weekly jazz improvisation classes. Classes in jazz music business skills prepare graduating students for the non-musical aspects of their career. The program also includes three big bands and eleven small ensembles, with many opportunities for performance within the Sydney Conservatorium and at jazz festivals. In 2015 the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra were invited to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. In 2010 the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Big Band was invited to perform at the Shanghai World Expo.

Study Options

Jazz Performance

Jazz Faculty

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Postgraduate Audition Requirements

The Open Academy offers a tertiary jazz pre-audition workshop for future students twice a year. Find details and enrol here: