Why Study Music at JMI?

JMI's results from QILT Student Experience Survey 2021

We are the top rated music institution in Australia for Quality of Overall Educational Experience!

Overall experience

National Average = 70.9%


Teaching Quality

National Average = 78.7%


Skill Development

National Average = 78.7%


Support Services

National Average = 73.1%


Facilities & Resources

National Average = 78.1%

Full results for the QILT Student Experience Survey are published on the QILT Website

Why choose to study at JMI?

If you are serious about studying music, then JMI is the place for you.  We feel that by delivering a degree program through an entirely jazz curriculum, our students learn more about how Western harmony works and how to apply stylistic nuance to perform any genre of contemporary music.  Studying at JMI will make you a flexible, skilful and creative all-round musician.


5 Reasons why you should study at JMI


Unlike big universities, JMI provides a close-knit community atmosphere with small class sizes. The average class size is 1 teacher to 5 students. Everyone knows each other and supports each other’s personal development. We provide the ultimate student experience through a more personalised approach than any other music course. This is a small reason why JMI has one of the highest satisfaction ratings for Quality of Entire Educational Experience in Australia. You can view JMI’s QILT survey results here


JMI’s Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance is a unique course – the only one of its kind in Australia. The degree program is designed in an integrated manner, where all core subjects are intuitively related to each other. This is the only course that has been endorsed publicly by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. As stated by Todd Stoll, Vice-President of Education at Jazz at Lincoln Center, “The curriculum that has been developed by the Jazz Music Institute is absolutely one of the most comprehensive and in depth programs that we have ever seen. It sets a new standard for addressing the fundamentals of all jazz styles.”


JMI’s faculty is amongst the finest in the country, featuring National Jazz Award winners and finalists, Freedman Fellowship winners and nationally acclaimed jazz performers and educators. JMI’s faculty travel from various cities in Australia including Sydney and Canberra on a weekly basis. This shows the level of commitment JMI has to providing the best possible faculty in Australia. This is also reflected in the QILT survey results, with a 94.4% satisfaction rate for Teaching Quality (the national average is 78.7%)


JMI provides its students with more live performance opportunities than any other provider in Australia. In 2022 alone, JMI produced 113 paid public performances that featured current JMI students in venues around South-East Queensland. No other institution can offer this level of exposure and real-word industry experience whilst studying.


JMI provides a real-world tertiary education to its students, with our graduates ready to enter the professional music industry through the music and business skills acquired while at JMI. JMI graduates are amongst the most employed performing musicians in Brisbane. If you see a jazz performance in Brisbane, chances are one of the students studied at JMI. We also continue to employ graduates for a range of our non-accredited programs. Currently, we have JMI alumni getting paid teaching work from JMI by delivering night classes, private lessons, workshops and performance demonstrations in schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

We often get these questions about studying at JMI:

Q: Is the Bachelor degree recognised at other places?

A: Yes, our Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and is accredited by Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). This means that this degree is fully recognised throughout Australia in the same way as a degree from a University.

Q: Will I get private lessons when studying the degree at JMI?

A: Yes, at JMI we are committed to the value of having private one-on-one lessons with an expert teacher on your instrument.  So as part of the Bachelor program, each student gets a 1-hour one-on-one lesson with their instrument teacher every teaching week of semester.  This is something that is not guaranteed at most other providers.

Q: Do I have to pay all fees upfront? Why can’t I get HECS-HELP?

A: You don’t have to pay all your fees upfront.  As JMI is a private Higher Education Provider, we are not eligible to offer Commonwealth-supported places – only public universities are able to offer HECS-HELP.  However domestic JMI students are able to access FEE-HELP, which is a similar loan scheme by the Government to assist in paying tuition fees.  More information is available here

Q: Why is JMI’s course so much more expensive than University degrees?

A: JMI’s Bachelor course is actually cheaper than most providers. Universities are able to offer Commonwealth-supported places which means that the fees charged are subsidised considerably by the Australian Government.  This can result in a large percentage of the tuition fees being subsidised. So the HECS-HELP debt you incur at a University is significantly less than what the University actually charges for full fee paying students. This makes the fees look considerably cheaper at Universities.

JMI’s class sizes are also considerable smaller than most providers, giving students a more personal and concentrated learning experience.  On average, JMI classes are between 5 and 12 students in size.