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Free Audition Workshops for 2024 Entry

JMI is offering free audition workshops in August and September for anyone looking to audition for our Bachelor or Diploma programs. If you’re not sure if you’re ready to audition for JMI, these workshops are the perfect way to find out!  Delivered in a friendly group environment, we’ll go through everything you’ll need to prepare for an audition at JMI and alleviate any nerves you have about the process.

If you’d like to find out more about the workshops and register your attendance, click here

Information Sessions

JMI offers information sessions for anyone interested in enrolling in our courses. In this information session you can:

  • have a meet and greet with a JMI staff member
  • ask questions relating to course and audition requirements
  • have a walk around our campus and see the facilities on offer

We can accommodate information sessions on the weekend and after hours for those that have school or work commitments.  Please fill out the form on this screen or give us a call on (07) 3216 1110 or e-mail play@jazz.qld.edu.au to organise a time that suits you.

International Students

International applicants will need to go to the International Students page for specific information regarding how to apply to JMI as an international student.

Domestic Students

To apply for JMI’s Bachelor & Diploma programs, applicants will need to perform an audition.  Auditions are available by appointment.  Auditions are available in-person or online.

To arrange an audition, you will need to complete the Application for Audition Form. Once completed, you will receive confirmation of your audition within 2 working days to confirm the date and time for your audition.

Audition process

The audition process for JMI’s Higher Education programs is outlined below. Applicants will need to complete the Repertoire Performance, Scales & Arpeggios and Theory & Aural Exam.  This will take up to 30 minutes to complete in total.

Repertoire performance

All applicants will perform the repertoire performance with a JMI staff rhythm section in-person, or with a backing track or solo if performing the audition online.

Repertoire List A (Blues): Blue Monk, Tenor Madness, Blues by Five, Sonnymoon for Two

Repertoire List B (Standards): Autumn Leaves, All of Me, Exactly Like You, There Is No Greater Love, There Will Never Be Another You

(brass, woodwind, bass, guitar, piano)

– Perform 1 piece from List A (Blues) and 1 piece from List B (Standards).

Applicants will need to perform the melody, play the arpeggios through the chord changes, take an improvised solo and perform the melody to finish.  NB: Bassists will be asked to play a walking bass line instead of the melody.


– Perform 2 pieces from List B (Standards). Vocalists will be asked to sing the melody, take a 1-chorus scat solo or vocalise, then sing the melody to finish.

– Play the root notes to the chord changes on piano while singing the melody to the 2 pieces from List B (Standards).

– Perform 1 piece from List A (Blues) with a swing feel and the song “Blue Bossa” with a Bossa Nova feel. In both pieces, drummers will need to play time and trade 4s with the JMI staff piano player.

If you would like to get the sheet music for the audition repertoire, please contact JMI directly.

Check out JMI’s Spotify Playlist for some great versions of these tunes.

Scales & Arpeggios

(brass, woodwind, bass, guitar, piano)
Perform the following:
– Major scales in the keys of C, F, G, D, A, Bb, Eb
– Major, Dominant 7th & Minor 7th arpeggios in the keys of C, F, G, D, A, Bb, Eb
NB: Guitarists are to demonstrate the above information in at least 2 positions.
Perform the following:
– Sing Major scales in three keys of choice
– Sing Major, Dominant 7th and Minor 7th arpeggios in 1 key of choice
Perform the following:
– Major scales in the keys of G, C, F & Bb on the piano at their own tempo
– A sight-reading drum exercise

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
– Write out the Circle of 4ths/5ths

Applicants will also sit a brief aural exam in which they will have to:

– Distinguish between major and minor triads; major, minor and dominant seventh chords
– Distinguish between major and minor seconds; perfect fifths and octaves; major thirds and perfect fourths

Additional requirements

In addition to the audition, applicants will need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements to enter the course. More admissions information, including JMI Student Profiles and specific admissions information for different applicant backgrounds (school leavers, previous VET study, previous Higher Education study, work & life experience) is also available here.

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.

Enrolment Process

If you are successful in your audition, you will be sent an offer for enrolment in the program.  This offer will include the following information:

  • the course for which they are offered a place
  • details of any advanced standing they may have received
  • process for accepting the offer
  • important upcoming dates including the date of required reply to accept the offer and
  • details of fees and options for payment of fees.

For JMI’s accredited courses, fee payment options include:

  • Defer all fees to a FEE-HELP debt
  • Defer some fees to a FEE-HELP debt and pay the remaining fees up-front
  • Pay total some of semester fees up-front

You will be given up to 30 days to respond to this offer and confirm your place in the course.  To confirm your enrolment, you will need to complete the Enrolment Form and send back to JMI as per the instructions in the Letter of Offer.  If you do not respond within 30 days, your offer may be withdrawn.

You are able to apply for Advanced Standing as per JMI’s Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy at any point in time during the application process.  You can access this policy by visiting our Academic Policies page.

If you wish to defer your offer, you will need to contact JMI directly and in accordance with JMI’s Leave of Absence and Withdrawal Policy, also available on our Academic Policies page.

For more information regarding tuition fees and refunds, please see our Domestic Student Fee and Refund Policy available on our Academic Policies page.

Additional Requirements

English Language Proficiency

Applicants will need to demonstrate an adequate level of English Language proficiency prior to gaining entry into this course. The following is deemed adequate and will require providing documentation (in brackets) at the point of audition.

  • A Pass in Year 12 English (Senior School Certificate)
  • Previous study in a VET course at Diploma level or above either complete or incomplete (Statement of Attainment)
  • Previous study in a Higher Education course at Bachelor level or above either complete or incomplete (Academic Transcript)
  • A score of 6.5 on a IELTS test
  • An overall score of 150 or better on the QTAC STAT test

If applicants cannot demonstrate an adequate level of English Language proficiency at the time of audition, they will need to undertake a STAT test at QTAC (www.qtac.edu.au) and gain an overall score of 150 or better prior to being offered a place in this course.

If you are unable to achieve this score then you will need to complete a preparatory course in English to be able to enter this course. Contact JMI for more information regarding English preparatory courses that are available.

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    About Jazz Music Institute

    Below is a list of information regarding Jazz Music Institute for the purposes of admissions

    Campus Location:
    47 Brookes Street
    Bowen Hills, QLD 4006

    Important Admissions Dates
    4th July 2022 – Auditions open for 2023 entry
    29th January 2023 – Auditions close for 2023 entry
    20 to 24 February 2023 – Orientation week
    27 February 2023 – Semester 1 2023 commences

    Click here to apply for an audition at JMI.

    Contact Information

    E-mail: play@jazz.qld.edu.au
    Phone: (07) 3216 1110

    Please call or e-mail for any queries regarding the course, enrolment, audition process, fees etc.