Jazz Performance – Study Options

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Postgraduate Audition Requirements

Our Jazz Studies program 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.

Jazz Staff


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

TW012Student Profile – Thomas Wade
Bachelor of Music Performance (Jazz)

“Being at the Con, being a part of the nebulous mass of ideas and constant flow of creativity that sustains every single person at the Con, is an experience unlike any other I’ve encountered. The friends and colleagues that I’ve met at the Con are among the biggest contributing factors in shaping and refining my sense of musical style, creativity and respect for all music and above all, will be the people with whom I share the rest of my musical journey.

“I have had 9 years of performing with a huge variety of small and large ensembles in a multitude of genres around Australia; mostly playing and recording original music by peers or other composers, as well as regular gigs performing standard repertoire. Because of the nature of cross-genre playing, whether its through-composed music or improvised music, my mind is constantly split and challenged into considering what I can use from my experiences, my education and my surroundings to enhance my understanding of and play, without hesitation, whatever I feel best serves the music itself. Playing classical music is a great way of understanding your instruments, especially double bass, in a different role and through a different historical perspective to modern, groove based musics.