JMI’s Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance is a 1-year full time music course endorsed by some of the biggest international jazz artists. This is a performance-based course where students will spend the majority of their contact hours playing their instrument. Each student receives individual one-on-one lessons on their major instrument (voice, guitar, bass, drums, piano, brass or woodwind) supplemented by a variety of music classes that focus on aural skills, jazz theory, improvisation, jazz history and small group ensemble.
The Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance is structured exactly the same as the first year of JMI’s Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.
The one year full-time course is divided into three study areas: Performance, Core Studies and Creative Studies.
These subjects are supported by the theoretical subjects:
Students learn a significant amount of jazz repertoire in both the practical and theory classes, equipping them with the ability to analyse form, structure, harmony, melody and rhythm from different perspectives.
The course structure for the Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance is based on 2 semesters (each of 13 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks), with 7 subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:
14 subjects in total, all of them being core subjects.
To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of 80 credit points with the satisfactory completion of the core subjects noted below in First Year.
No formal music education is required for admission to the course.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants to this course 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.
The Audition Process
The audition requirements for this course are outlined on our “How to Apply” page. We offer a free pre-audition interview which is advisable but not necessary. You can also arrange music lessons with staff prior to your audition. If you are unable to complete some of the audition requirements, you may be offered lessons with staff, informal classes or short courses after your audition to enable you to be deemed eligible for entry into the course.
Students will learn from some of Australia’s finest jazz educators and performers to develop the necessary skills to become a successful musician in the music industry. JMI’s faculty includes winners of the National Jazz Awards, performers who have extensively toured nationally and internationally, appeared regularly on television plus more. Find out more about JMI’s faculty here.
JMI students are exposed to many performing opportunities throughout the course, performing at a variety of venues, events and festivals gaining invaluable real-world experience as a jazz musician. Students also get exposed to plenty of jam sessions and networking opportunities with current industry professionals.
The Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance course is currently accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.
This qualification is recognised under Level 5 of the Australian Qualifications Framework
This course is CRICOS approved and available for International Students to study on a student visa. The CRICOS course code is 0100198. For information regarding studying this program as an International student, please visit our International Students page.
FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying students enrolled at Jazz Music Institute to pay their tuition fees. FEE-HELP can cover all or part of a student’s tuition fees. Over their lifetime, a student may borrow through FEE-HELP an amount up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay their tuition fees. To find out more, visit FEE-HELP.
You can also access student welfare benefits as a full-time student, to find more out more visit Centerlink.
Fee per credit point = $230
Course fees per semester = $9,200
Total course fees: $18,400
For cost of each subject, please download the Schedule of units for 2023
Fee per credit point = $437.50
Average course fees per semester = $17,500
Average total course fees: $35,000
Prospective international students will need to go to the International Students page for information specifically regarding how to apply to JMI as an international applicant.
Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Music in Jazz Performance will be able to articulate directly into the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance program, receiving 80 credit points towards the 240 credit point degree program.
To apply for these courses, prospective students need to perform an audition. Audition requirements and the process of the audition are available on our How to Apply page.