How To Apply For Our Courses – JMI

FREE Pre-audition Interviews

Jazz Music Institute are offering FREE pre-audition interviews for anyone interested in enrolling in our courses. In this free pre-audition interview you will be able to:

  • have a meet and greet with the Head of School
  • ask questions relating to course and audition requirements
  • have a walk around our campus and see the facilities on offer

You can arrange a pre-audition interview by phoning our office during business hours (10am-4pm Mon-Fri) and organising a time that suits you.

Apply for 2018 entry

We will be holding auditions at your convenience by appointment as of 1 September 2017. To arrange an audition, you will need to complete the Application to Audition Form. Send this form through to JMI and our administrative staff will contact you to arrange a time. A $30 audition fee is required to be paid before the audition.

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance

Audition Requirements

The Audition Process
The audition process for the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance is outlined below. If you are unsure of the specific information please contact the office for further clarification. You can also arrange lessons with staff prior to your audition. If you are unable to complete some of the following requirements, you may be offered lessons with staff or short courses after your audition to enable you to be deemed eligible for entry into the course.

1. Prepared pieces
Instrumentalists (brass, woodwind, bass, guitar, piano) and drummers are to select 2 pieces from the list below (1 piece from each list). Vocalists are to select 2 pieces from List B only. Applicants will perform these 2 pieces with the rhythm section provided by JMI on the day of audition.
N.B. If you would like to get the sheet music for the repertoire below, please contact JMI directly.

List A List B
Blue Monk Autumn Leaves
Tenor Madness All of Me
Blues by Five Fly me to the moon
Sonnymoon for Two Exactly Like You
There Is No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You

2. Technical

Instrumentalists (brass, woodwind, bass, guitar, piano) to perform the following:

• Major scales in the keys of C, F, G, D, A, Bb, Eb
• Major, Dominant 7th and Minor 7th arpeggios in the keys of C, F, G, D, A, Bb, Eb

Guitarists are to demonstrate the above information in at least 2 positions.

Vocalists will need to sing the following scales in three keys of their choice:
• Major scales

Vocalists will also need to play the following scales on the piano (own tempo):
• Major scales in the keys of G, C & F.

Drummers will also need to play the following scales on the piano (own tempo):
• Major scales in the keys of G, C & F.

3. Theory & Aural Exam
Applicants will sit a music theory exam on basic music theory knowledge which will include:
• Basic rhythmic construction: quarter and eighth notes, and rests.
• Write major scales up to four flats/sharps;
• Write major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads.

Applicants will also sit a brief aural exam in which they will have to:
1. Distinguish between:
• Major and minor triads
• Major, minor and dominant seventh chords.
2. Distinguish between:
• major and minor seconds
• perfect fifths and octaves
• major thirds and perfect fourths
3. Name degrees (numbers, letters or solfege) of major scales over given tonics (scale tone recognition).

Pathways for Entry

No OP score is required for entry into this course. The only requirement outside of successful audition is an English Language Proficiency as per below.

No formal music education is required for admission to the course. Some prospective students may gain entry through completing AMEB grades, an Advanced Diploma, Diploma or other courses in music, whilst some prospective students may have no formal training but display an aptitude for performance.

Advanced Standing

Prospective students entering the Bachelor program after completing a Diploma, Advanced Diploma in Music or other previous applicable post-secondary study may apply for Advanced Standing at the time of audition. In doing so, the prospective student should supply a certified academic transcript and supporting documentation detailing the units and content covered in the course. This application for advanced standing will be processed as per JMI’s Credit Transfer & Recognised Prior Learning Policy, available on our website.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants will need to demonstrate a level of English Language proficiency equivalent to receiving a Pass in Year 12 English (applicants will need to provide a copy of their Year 12 Certificate at when submitting audition documentation). If applicants have not achieved this grade in Year 12 English, they will need to undertake an English Proficiency Test prior to audition (please contact JMI for information regarding English Proficiency tests). If you are deemed to not have sufficient proficiency in English, you may be asked to take a short course, as advised by the admissions panel, prior to being offered a place at JMI.

Certificate III & IV in Music Industry

Audition Requirements

The audition process for Certificate III & IV in Music Industry (Performance) is outlined below. We offer a free pre-audition interview which is advisable but not necessary. If you are unsure of the specific information please contact the office for further clarification. You can also arrange lessons with staff prior to your audition.

Prepared pieces

Applicants are to prepare 2 contrasting pieces. These could be in the style of a blues, jazz standard, ballad, latin/bossa or other.

Scales and Arpeggios
Instrumental applicants (brass, woodwind, bass/guitar/piano) to demonstrate knowledge of the following Major scales and arpeggios
C, F, Bb, G, D, (from memory)

Vocalists will need to sing the following scales Major scale in one key only. Will need to play the following major scales on the piano (own tempo) C, F and G.

Drummers will need to play the following major scales on the piano (own tempo) C, F and G.