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 allow 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.

General Education

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. 

With the latest outbreak and the Alert Level settings in Auckland, further unexpected changes on level restrictions are still possible. Therefore, the School of Music has decided to move the auditions to an online setting.

The online audition process:

  • First you must complete your Application for Admission.
  • Once you have completed your Application for Admission, please upload your audition portfolio via the Slideroom portal. You will be required to upload your performance videos. Your videos should be recent – preferably recorded within the past 12 months.
  • An online interview may also be required. If so, the School of Music will contact you.

We aim to review your portfolio within ten working days and will let you know the outcome via email. If you have any queries, please email info-creative@auckland.ac.nz

Statement of musical background:

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.


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

 You can also find degree structure information in the University Calendar.


Discover the courses available within the Bachelor of Music, including those for Creative Practice: Jazz.

Help and advice

You are welcome to email or visit our Student Centre with any subject-related queries.

Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre
Level 2, Building 421
(Architecture and Planning Building)
26 Symonds St

Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Email: info-creative@auckland.ac.nz