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The Jazz and Popular Studies program is based on the African American jazz idiom as a language for learning that focusses on Australian music but embraces a wide selection of musical styles including jazz, world music, Brazilian, Indian, free, electronic, popular, Latin and blues to name but a few styles.

In 2016 we will be introducing a Popular Voice specialisation; one of four components of Voice at Monash (in addition to Classical Voice, Jazz Voice and Choral Studies).

The philosophy of the course is to offer a strong technical and musical foundation that allows the student to develop a personal ‘voice’ which is a result of their broad musical education and an awareness of their social and cultural being. Academically, there is a focus to learn research skills in performance (practice-based/artistic research), musicology and ethnomusicology, which can equate to further study in the postgraduate area.


Why study Jazz and Popular Music at Monash?

  • More opportunity to play and learn from the best local and International artists – this is an International course with a global outlook.
  • Staff – leading performing staff with National and International profiles
  • International Units – As part of the undergraduate course you can study 3 week units O/S in New York (New York University) and the Monash Centre – Prato (Italy)
  • Record CDs with greats including Hermeto Pascoal (Jazzhead 2013), George Garzone (Jazzhead 2013), Alex Foster and Alex Sipiagin (Jazzhead 2013), Vince Jones (release 2014), Enrico Rava (release 2014) and Kenny Werner (release 2015).
  • Play (learn) at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (Monash is the Education Partner) with the likes of Joe Lovano, Charles Lloyd, Dave Douglas, Maria Schnieder, Terence Blanchard, John Abercrombie, Jim Black (Alasnoaxis), George Garzone (The Fringe), Mark Helias – Tony Malaby (Open Loose), Tarbaby etc.
  • Get a comprehensive music education – playing changes (harmony), creativity, great time, style, arranging composition, music business, teaching music, film etc.
  • Learn about practice-based research (performance/composition) – the undergraduate course prepares you for honours (then masters and PhD)
  • Learn about musics of the world – specialise and diversify = 21st century musician
  • Play in a huge array of ensembles that promotes Australian Music
  • Perform at leading venues in Melbourne for recitals and assessments including Bennetts Lane Jazz Club and Paris Cat Jazz Club.
  • You have the opportunity to audition and play in the MAE (Monash Art Ensemble) with members of the AAO (Australian Art Ensemble) and staff – Directed by Professor Paul Grabowsky.
  • Equipped for a career in music

Within the music undergraduate degree, students are also offered classes in jazz arranging/composition, ear training, improvisation materials, theory, instrument specific workshops, keyboard skills, Indian rhythms, Brazilian music (Choro–Samba), composition, performance workshop, stage band, world music ensemble, guitar studies and guitar ensemble, and small ensembles.



Our alumni include many leading musicians on the Jazz and popular scene today, such as:

  • Simon Mavin (Hiatus Kaiyote – Grammy nomination 2013)
  • Joe O’Conner (Winner of the Young Jazz Musician of the year – Bell Awards 2014 and winner of the national jazz competition 2014)
  • James Mustafa (Winner of the Young Jazz Musician of the year – Bell Awards 2015)
  • Raghav Sachar (Film composer)
  • Jessica Carlton (nominated for the Young Jazz Musician of the year – Bell Awards 2015)
  • Adam Katz (nominated for the Young Jazz Musician of the year – Bell Awards 2014)
  • Daniel Sheehan (nominated for the Young Jazz Musician of the year – Bell Awards 2014)

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