Undergraduate study in Creative Practice: Jazz
What can you study in the Creative Practice: Jazz specialisation?
You will develop your instrumental technique and improvisational skills through in-depth study of scales, rhythm, harmony and relevant music analysis. In your second year and beyond, you will continue to develop your performance practice through stylistic, interpretive and literary methods.
Working in large and small ensembles refines your musical literacy within the context of performance. With repertoire anywhere from the 1920s to contemporary jazz, you will develop your musicianship style, improvisation, composition, arrangement and performance. Advanced studies of theory, arranging and composition allows for a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of music making and will help to fuel your creativity.
All School of Music students have access to auxiliary performance studies. You will also study other topics of interest to you, including music education, pedagogy, music technology, conducting, music studies, musicians’ health and various industry-related topics.
The core courses of the BMus degree include music theory and other music studies subjects. You will also take two General Education courses offered by other faculties from across the University to acquire a broader range of skills and understanding, and be exposed to cross-disciplinary research.
Entry requirements for Creative Practice: Jazz
You must meet the entry requirements for a Bachelor of Music, detailed on the BMus programme page.
Selection will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, audition and statement of musical background. Your audition will be live and you will be contacted regarding scheduling a time for this once you have completed your application for admission: Bachelor of Music - Creative Practice: Jazz audition guidelines.
Your statement of musical background should list all relevant musical training and performing experience (professional and amateur), including involvement in community and extracurricular music activities. Include details of any musical prizes/awards you have received. You also need to provide a referee contact email address as part of your statement of musical background. Your referee should be your current instrument/music teacher who can comment on your musical work and your suitability for study.
You may choose to combine your BMus with another discipline. Find out more about our conjoint degree options:
Structuring your undergraduate programme
- 4 x core courses
- 3 x specialised theory and musicianship courses
- 9 x creative practice courses
- 6 x elective courses
- 2 x General Education courses
2019 Bachelor of Music -
Creative Practice: Jazz degree requirements:
* 60 points from: MUS 104, 143, 243, 343
* 45 points from: MUS 174, 274, 275
* 90 points from: MUS 170, 171, 270, 271, 370, 371
* 45 points from: MUS 197, 297, 397
* 60 points from: MUS 103-188, 206-288, 306-389
* 30 points from: ANTHRO 103, 106, 202, 217, 234, 301, 327, 329, 357, MAORI 190, MUS 103-397, PACIFIC 110
* 30 points of General Education
View a list of courses available within the Bachelor of Music, including those for Creative Practice: Jazz -
Help and advice
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Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre
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