It is clearly documented that studying tertiary music can lead to a strong and prosperous career in a number of industries through a number of different avenues. “The Australian Guide to Careers in Music” by Michael Hannan (UNSW Press) outlines up to 150 different career paths available from studying a degree in music. These include; composition, performance, teaching, production, promotions, retailing, research, arts administration, music therapy among others.
Visit www.musiccareer.com.au for more information regarding career pathways from studying music.
Numerous JMI graduates have moved on to post-graduate studies at other universities. One popular pathway is to progress from JMI’s Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, to studying a Graduate Diploma of Education at Griffith University or QUT or a Graduation Diploma of Music at UQ. These Graduate Diplomas are one-year courses that qualify you as an Instrumental Music Teacher or Classroom Music Teacher in a variety of school systems.
“… Jazz skill(learned): Spontaneous improvisation. Life skill(transferred): The level of personal honesty that an individual brings to a playing situation is a given since there is nowhere to hide when improvising in the jazz tradition. Who you are and what you represent go beyond the here and now touching upon deep philosophical and spiritual aspects of being alive. Key concept: Honesty… “
“…Jazz skill: Soloing. Life skill: Having the ability and attitude necessary to assume leadership, meaning to take charge when and if required; also to hand over leadership unconditionally when the situation calls for it. Key concept: Leadership and follower abilities…”
“…Jazz skill: Soloing as a “multitasking” activity. Life skill: Dealing with a lot of information quickly; ability to integrate and synthesize information in a creative fashion. Key concept: Clarity of thought…”
“…Jazz skill: Learning from mentors. Life skill: Being able to learn from older mentors by graciously accepting their wisdom as a vital part of the learning process. This implies suspension of judgment as to the immediate personal value of the material offered. Concept: Experiential learning…”
Since graduating from JMI in 2014 I have kept myself busy in the music world. Whilst in Brisbane I have been able perform regularly in a number of Jazz venues and have had the opportunities to perform with some of my favorite musicians in the scene. I’ve also been able to perform and explore some of my own musical ideas and presented my own creative endeavors. In July of 2015 I was able to travel New York and study at the Steindhardt School of Music’s Summer program where I was able to study, workshop, and perform with some of the greatest Jazz artists of our time such as John Scofield, Victor Lewis, Lenny White, Gary Bartz, Jay Anderson, Dave Pietro etc. I was also able to study privately with a lot of great guitarists including Jonathan Kreisberg, Pasquelle Grasso, Ben Eunson and Lage Lund. I have also spent time throughout the year teaching both privately as well as at Forte School of Music and at summer schools with Bel Canto music.
In the short term I am aiming to complete my honours year at Monash university with as high a score possible. In the long term I would like to find my way back to New York whether be to complete further studies or to live more permanently. In the even longer term I would like to have the level of musicianship, experience and qualifications to teach at a tertiary institute.
JMI was a great starting point for my journey in music. Anyone at JMI could attest to my less than to be desired (to put it nicely) level of musicianship at the beginning of the course. However JMI gave me the environment and learning to improve at the pace I desired. Before beginning my studies I had very few goals or aspirations but JMI helped me develop my focus and passion for music which led to where I am today. I believe that without JMI’s support I would very likely not be following music. If the past is anything to go by I believe JMI will always be there to support and inspire me and provide a place I can call home.
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Since graduating, I’ve picked up several performance opportunities through the networks and correspondence I had built during my time in the JMI community. The degree itself has assisted in my employment in various teaching roles as well as in my own private tuition. I’ve maintained a healthy creative output of written works mostly of my own, as well as commissioned works for other people, and have had a fairly busy roster of regular gigs with originals bands and jazz outfits. Also chess.
JMI is a very tightknit community of enthusiasts of improvised music and this promotes the full immersion of the culture that surrounds this music. Through being a part of this community I was able to explore ideas with likeminded individuals and have the opportunity to express the development of these ideas on the bandstand. The musical concepts that I learned whilst studying at JMI have proven to be invaluable contributors to my work in music ensembles of varying genres and in my own creative work as well as through commissioned work. I have also gained a great deal of insight into the learning process, which has assisted me in my educational pursuits.
If you have the opportunity to study music at any level then take it. Music is the only universal language and is an intrinsic element to the shape of human culture and the way that our story is written through time. Learning, practicing and performing music are all exercises in discipline and focus and the self-expression that comes through improvisation can be an elating experience for both the performer and the audience. Approaching institutionalized music study with an open mind and concise goals for your creativity, (while being prepared for those goals to change) are instrumental in maintaining motivation in your aspirations, because it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.
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Since graduating I have been both teaching and performing full time. I teach six days a week during the day and gig at nights and on weekends, and I am also going back to studying this year (Grad cert in Jazz voice).
My future goals in music are to travel and work with the many musicians I have always wanted to work with. I plan on moving to America in the next 5 or so years to either Boston or Pennsylvania (depending on whether or not I can study in Boston) and to go to jams in New York and see as much live music as I possibly can. I also plan on recording another album, hopefully with a quartet or quintet. My main priority though is to practice daily, listen to as much music as I can, and to stay focused on specific practice goals.
Studying at JMI has taught me such a versatile range of skillsets needed in the music industry. I have learned not only the fundamentals of music and my instrument, but how to work with a band, the business side of the music industry, composition and arrangement skills, and most importantly how to make a career out of the only thing I ever wanted to do.
I think that the best advice I could offer to someone who was considering studying music, would be to listen to as many different genres of music as possible. Any time spent listening is never a waste, and learning about different cultures and their way of expressing music will make anyone a more versatile musician. As for studying jazz, my advice would be to do the Bachelor of jazz at JMI. Attending JMI has opened my eyes up to the world of jazz and improvisation, and I will never go back!
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I have been working as a guitar tutor both in schools and in my home business. I have completed my Graduate Diploma in Education in 2013 and am now qualified as a secondary/primary music teacher and have done contracts and relief teaching in schools since then.
I do freelance work with Jazz vocalists and play guitar is a pop soul band. I am working on composing and recording a collection of my own songs.
I’d like to continue working in music education and taking on greater opportunities that allow me to teach people how wonderful music is. And to continue performing on the side. I would also like to get my original music out into the world.
Studying at JMI has allowed me to get employment in the area that I currently work in and it has allowed to me to continue on to further study. Without it I wouldn’t be where I am now. I feel thankful that I have the music knowledge and skills in performance that I have and that thanks goes to JMI.
Studying music is great fun but it’s also hard work but you get out of it what you put in. Studying jazz in particular gives you a depth of theory knowledge not available in most other styles of music. This knowledge allows you to be more flexible and adaptable in your playing.
If you did, we’d love to stay connected with you and help you celebrate your success in your current role/s. We know that many of you have gone on to further study, teach, and perform – all over Australia and around the world. With your permission, we’d like to feature you in some of our promotions, send you an enquiry about a performance or recording opportunity for your group or ensemble, or inform you of a job opportunity – all when we can.
We, at JMI, are proud of our students and the results you have achieved in music (Jazz in particular) and understand that there are many things we can offer you even after you’ve finished your formal study here.
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