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Start date

3 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2018: AUD$ 27,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Key features

  • Complete your studies at the innovative James Morrison Academy of Music.
  • Study a unique degree that is solely focused on jazz music.
  • Be taught by some of the finest jazz educators in the world, including acclaimed Australian jazz musician James Morrison.
  • Study a vibrant, exciting curriculum that has been co-designed by James Morrison and saxophonist, composer and arranger Graeme Lyall.
  • Gain performance experience, either as part of The James Morrison Academy Jazz Orchestra or as part of another ensemble.



This unique degree focuses solely on jazz, and is taught at the innovative James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier, South Australia.

You will be immersed in jazz history, styles, analysis and arrangements when you embark on this three-year journey. Taught by world-renowned jazz musicians and educators, including acclaimed Australian jazz musician James Morrison, you will cover topics such as:

  • improvisation
  • second study piano
  • principle study
  • large ensemble and repertoire ensemble

Why Bachelor of Music

Why this Degree

We have teamed up with one of the most highly recognised Australian jazz musician, James Morrison, to offer a degree that is solely focussed on jazz music.

At the vibrant and creative James Morrison Academy of Music, located in Mount Gambier, you will receive practical experience and tutelage from a variety of professional musicians, including James Morrison himself. This degree is also flexible, allowing you to study at your own pace with part-time options available.

Real-world connections

You will be immersed in a highly creative, vibrant environment and will be taught by some of this country’s leading musicians. There is no better place to study jazz and to build your network of industry contacts. We host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

This degree is for people who want to be involved in the music industry, and have a particular love and affiliation for jazz music. The employment prospects for music professionals is expected to grow moderately through until November 20201. Careers to consider include:

  • composer: create original musical scores
  • music director: also known as conductors, they direct musical groups such as orchestras and choirs
  • musician/singer: perform music for live audiences and recordings

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree offers the opportunity for you to gain valuable practical experience; you will also gain a strong theoretical background of the origins of jazz, as well as technical knowledge and skills. Courses studied cover topics such as:

  • jazz history
  • aura
  • styles and analysis
  • arranging
  • improvisation
  • second study piano
  • principal study
  • large ensemble and repertoire ensemble

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. There may essays, assignments and examinations. You could also expect:

  • presentations
  • projects
  • tutorial work
  • practicals
  • portfolios
  • professional performances

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Musicianship 100 PERF 1014 4.5
Jazz Studies 100 CREA 1014 4.5
Improvisational Studies 100 CREA 1012 4.5
Ensemble Performance 100 PERF 1012 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Musicianship 101 PERF 1015 4.5
Jazz Studies 101 CREA 1015 4.5
Improvisational Studies 101 CREA 1013 4.5
Ensemble Performance 101 PERF 1013 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Musicianship 200 PERF 2019 4.5
Jazz Studies 200 CREA 2004 4.5
Improvisational Studies 200 CREA 2002 4.5
Ensemble Performance 200 PERF 2017 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Musicianship 201 PERF 2020 4.5
Jazz Studies 201 CREA 2005 4.5
Improvisational Studies 201 CREA 2003 4.5
Ensemble Performance 201 PERF 2018 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ensemble Performance 300 PERF 3009 4.5
Improvisational Studies 300 CREA 3001 4.5
Music Business and Management 300 BUSS 3086 4.5
Specialisation course 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Ensemble Performance 301 PERF 3010 4.5
Improvisational Studies 301 CREA 3002 4.5
Specialisation course 9 Note(s): 1

I have studied classical voice with Dame Joan Hammond and Meryl Quaife, and have produced, directed and performed in research-led productions of baroque vocal music. I also have a keen interest in the visual aspects of music performance practice, the production of cabaret and opera, as well as historical musicology.

Prof Jason Bainbridge

Program Director

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Prof Jason Bainbridge

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier boasts a new Learning Centre and one of the fastest network connections in regional Australia. There’s a central piazza for students and new student spaces for socialising and informal learning. Explore Mount Gambier >

Your study experience

This degree is taught in Mount Gambier at the James Morrison Academy of Music. This degree offers a unique experience to aspiring musicians where they can work with some of the finest jazz educators in the world. The courses are performance-based, where students don’t just learn about music – they learn how to make music.

The James Morrison Academy of Music is situated in the 'Old Town Hall' in Mount Gambier right in the heart of the city. Apart from having all the facilities we need within this beautiful historic building, we are also right next to the City Library and Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, creating a cultural precinct around the Cave Gardens. 

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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