Contemporary / Jazz Music

Contemporary / Jazz Music

The Contemporary/Jazz study program produces unique and professional musicians who, due to the highly practical and individual training offered at AMPA, are able to hit the ground running when they start their careers as performers and other music professionals.

Course Overview

Qualification: Bachelor of Music (Performance)

Duration: 6 Trimesters (2 years) full-time or part-time equivalent. Students may exit after four trimesters with an Associate Degree of Music (Performance)

Fee-HELP: Available

CRICOS: BMus (Perf.) 057024K | AssDegMus (Perf.) 057023M 

AMPA’s innovative undergraduate degrees merge high-level performance and practical training with academic rigour and unparalleled industry insight. Students can personalise their degree based around their individual musical interests and aspirations. 

Unlike many institutions in Australia, AMPA remains focused on individual, one-to-one learning. This means that music students are entitled to receive a 60 minute lesson per week as part of their Principal Study unit, along with an additional 30 minute lesson as part of Second Study. The option of taking a Second Study is particularly unique to AMPA, and a valuable tool for students with more than one skill eg. guitar/voice or singer/songwriter.

Focus Area: Contemporary/Jazz Performance

This intensive and highly practical program centres on individual performance and instrumental/vocal technique, while placing equal focus on ensemble practice and performance. Through this collaboration, students develop advanced technical skills ensuring they are 100% ready for a career as a professional contemporary musician. Studying within the Contemporary/Jazz Performance focus area, you’ll be exposed to a wide range of modern genres, including Rock, R&B, Funk, Punk, Pop, Blues as well as various Jazz sub-genres. You’ll study performance techniques, interpretation, improvisation, stagecraft, soloing, ensemble interaction, as well as reading, arranging, chart writing and ensemble dynamics. You will constantly perfect your skills by performing at AMPA classes and events, and at external gigs and venues.

Choose electives to complement and refine your degree from classes such as: Song Writing, Music Theatre, Music Industry, Improvisation, Recording, Production, Music and Moving Image, Chart Writing and more.

Course Structure (by trimester)

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* Students who successfully complete T1 – T4 are eligible for an Associate Degree of Music (Performance)

Graduate Pathways

Many contemporary performance graduates go on to become professional performers as soloists or in bands, recording artists, session musicians, events managers, music journalists, promoters and distributors, tutors, and marketing and administration professionals in creative industries. Additionally, graduates are qualified to undertake postgraduate studies in a range of areas including: teaching in secondary schools, TAFE and universities/colleges, arts management, creative industries, and further music studies.


Entry Requirements: Completion of HSC or equivalent OR completion of at least one full time year of tertiary study OR as a mature age student. Provisional admission may be granted for students limited educational qualifications.

Admissions Process: Audition + Interview + Musical Knowledge Test

For further information on admissions procedures, please refer to Section 3.1 of the AMPA Student Handbook.