AMPA - Academy of Music and Performing Arts - 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.

Qualification: Bachelor of Music (Performance) / Associate Degree of Music (Performance)
Duration: 6 Trimesters (2 years) full-time or part-time equivalent / (AssocDeg: 4 Trimesters FTE)
Entry: Audition + Interview+ Theory Assessment, NSW HSC or equivalent, Music 1 and/or 2 recommended.
CRICOS: 057024K 
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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. AMPA undergrads may choose to undertake a second instrument or vocal study and focus on two performance areas (such as Singer & Songwriter, Voice & Keyboard, Guitar & Bass, Violin & Viola). The possiblities are endless and are designed to enhance graduate career outcomes. Students may also choose electives across all areas to further tailor their degree.

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.

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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.