Jazz Performance

Join one of Australia’s most vibrant and innovative jazz communities at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Study jazz performance at The University of Adelaide

Take your performance to the top through one-on-one lessons, ensemble activities and a range of classes dedicated to jazz music theory, improvisation, history and arranging. As a jazz performance student at The University of Adelaide, you will receive inspiration guidance from high-profile practicing jazz musicians, opening up many connections and opportunities for a career in jazz and other musical styles. Get involved with Big Band performances, jazz choirs, Latin ensembles or join one of the twenty small jazz ensembles.

As a jazz performance student you will:

  • Study jazz theory, improvisation, arrangement and history
  • Learn about looping and sampling
  • Discover composers and music styles to enhance your repertoire
  • Explore career paths and the international music industry
  • Develop your skills with weekly performance opportunities
  • Obtain skills and training in performance, teaching, composing, arranging and recording.

The jazz program at the Elder Conservatorium of Music is innovative and contemporary and is the only one in Australia to have received multiple ‘Student Music Awards’ from DownBeat magazine, the jazz musician’s ‘handbook’ around the world.

The instruments offered for study include:

  • bass
  • drums
  • flute
  • guitar
  • keyboard
  • trumpet
  • trombone
  • saxophone
  • voice
  • violin

Join our graduates who are performing, teaching, composing, arranging and recording throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and the US. As a jazz performance graduate you will be well equipped to pursue a career bringing your passion for music to life. 

Career pathways

  • Accompanist
  • Band musician
  • Composer
  • Educator
  • Jazz musician
  • Recording artist
  • Singer/soloist
  • Songwriter

How can I study jazz performance?

* Note: entrance into the Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) is by audition.

Jazz musician Ashleigh Jocks
"The Elder Conservatorium offers a program run by many well-respected musicians and educators of the Adelaide jazz scene. I enjoy the close community; the jazz course requires students to work alongside each other for the duration of the degree. We get to learn from not only our mentors but from our peers as well."Ashleigh Jocks