The Jazz and Popular Music course provides students with the opportunity to enrol in performance based classes.
These classes form part of the general performance course, which are in conjunction with units in musicology, ethnomusicology and composition subjects. Performance is an important part of the course and so ensembles perform regularly at Bennetts Lane, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Federation Square and BMW Edge.
Since 2007 the Stage Band, World Music Orchestra and jazz small ensembles have performed concerts at Federation Square as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. In June 2010, students performed with guitarist John Abercrombie, 2011 – Jim Black and Alasnoaxis, Aaron Goldberg Trio and Time Berne.
In 2013, visiting artists included: Maria Schneider, Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Vince Jones, George Lewis.
Introduced in 2007 and now a biennial event, jazz students have the opportunity to study a 3 week unit at the Monash Centre in Prato (Italy – near Florence) – Artists in residence include: Enrico Rava, Paul McCandless, John Taylor, Diana Torto, Paulo Angeli.
Since 2010 – Jazz students also have the opportunity to travelled to New York University (NYU) and enro in a overseas study unit for 3 weeks. Artists in residence include: Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Wayne Krantz, Dave Douglas, John Schofield, Jean-Michel Pilc and Dave Schroeder
In June/July 2012, students and staff including: Robert Burke, Paul Williamson, Jordan Murray and Paul Grabowsky travelled to NY for a 3 week OS study unit. Whilst there the staff and students performed at many prestigeos jazz venues as well as recording with the jazz elite. Future plans for artists in residence and collaborations were organised.
Each year students also participate in a three-day intensive Jazz Camp, held at Ferngully Lodge in Healesville, Victoria.
Richard Divall 1945-2017
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Audition Preparation Short Course, 2017
Jazz, Popular Studies and Creative Music Technology Audition Preparation Short Course 2017 is a two-day course for jazz instrumentalists, jazz voice, popular voice and Creative Music Technology students.
Zavod Classical-Jazz Fusion Award 2017
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University is pleased to introduce the Zavod Classical-Jazz Fusion Award for outstanding classical-jazz fusion original composition and performance.
Rob Burke and Andrys Onsman Launch New Book: Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music
Coordinator of Jazz and Popular Studies Rob Burke, alongside Andrys Onsman, have launched their new … Continue reading Rob Burke and Andrys Onsman Launch New Book: Perspectives on Artistic Research in Music
New book published on nineteenth-century popular music
Dr Paul Watt (Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music) and Dr Patrick Spedding (LLCL)—with Professor Derek B. Scott (University of Leeds)—are the editors of a new book: Cheap Print and Popular Song in the Nineteenth Century: A Cultural History of the Songster
Professor Cat Hope appointed Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University is pleased to welcome Cat Hope … Continue reading Professor Cat Hope appointed Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
Agency in Jazz and Improvisation Conference
Registrations are now open for the Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network’s conference ‘Agency in Jazz and Improvisation’ hosted in partnership with The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University.
Alumni Hue Blanes: Winner of the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission
2017 Young Elder of Jazz: Hue Blanes Congratulations to Hue Blanes, winner of the sixth … Continue reading Alumni Hue Blanes: Winner of the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission
Winners announced for the inaugural MSO Pizzicato Effect Prize for Composition
2016 has marked the beginning of a collaboration between the MSO and Monash University with … Continue reading Winners announced for the inaugural MSO Pizzicato Effect Prize for Composition
Monash composers to premiere new works in Germany
The Australian-German production, Vom Anderen Ende (From the Other End) is a Berlin-based concert … Continue reading Monash composers to premiere new works in Germany
Dr Paul Watt attends musicology conference in Brno, Czech Republic
Monash musicologist, Dr Paul Watt, has just returned from presenting a paper at the 51st … Continue reading Dr Paul Watt attends musicology conference in Brno, Czech Republic
Australian (Australasian) Jazz Research Conference
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music in collaboration with The University of Melbourne present: Australasian Jazz Research Conference.
(Planning the Future). Monday 31st October 2016. Convenors: A/Prof Robert Burke and Dr Rob Vincs