Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) (BA)

Australia

Cricos: 01259J

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The award
BA

How long you will study
6 trimester

Domestic course fees
AUD 9000 per trimester

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, June, September

International course fees
AUD 10600 per trimester

All study options

About Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) at JMC Academy

Standing centre stage, crowd roaring, bass pumping, the lights come up… Making it as a musician doesn’t have to be a fantasy – make it your reality...

With connections to APRA and Berklee College of Music, JMC is known to be a launchpad into the entertainment industry for up-and-coming musicians and performers. Contemporary Music Performance at JMC is about more than just nailing your performance. It is about creating an understanding of how to arrange and compose music, mastering the tech you will use in the industry, and promoting yourself to be heard, loud and proud.

This course will give you the skills you need to stand out in this highly competitive space, and the opportunity to put your skills into practice and showcase your talent at multiple performance venues and events throughout your time at JMC.

During your time with us you'll get the opportunities to participate in international masterclasses, study tours, and music and songwriting camps. Join up for any one of the following trips: The International Songwriters Camp at Haarlem Conservatory in the Netherlands, the Nandos Music Exchange in London, or LA.

Designed for recording high-quality demos and mastering performance, our studios feature ProTools, Logic, Ableton Live and Native Instruments, along with MIDI keyboard controllers and monitors, top of the range microphones and over 30 (national) fully fitted rehearsal studios and performance spaces equipped with digital and baby grand pianos, drumkits and an array of amplifiers.

Evolve your writing, technology and performance skills with a Bachelor degree. Write and perform the music for an app, or the soundtrack to a film, and collaborate with JMC students on industry projects while building a creative network you can rely on throughout your career.

Learn about the business aspects of contemporary music and how to identify professional opportunities. Master multi-platform performance skills, mixing techniques and recording, produce and arrange for ensembles while expanding your repertoire; and undertake a specialist project that will see you performing a major gig to a live audience.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study6 trimester
    Course startsFebruary, June, SeptemberDomestic course feesAUD 9000 per trimesterInternational course feesAUD 10600 per trimester

Notes about fees for this course

Domestic: 8,600 AUD per trimester

International: 9,800 AUD per trimester

Entry requirements

Proof of English proficiency: minimum IELTS 6.0 overall (with no single band score below 5.5) or equivalent.

Evidence of successful completion of a senior Secondary School certificate (transcripts and certificate must be translated and certified).

Attend an interview in person or over skype.

You must be at least 17 years of age on commencement of studies. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian in Australia. In some cases JMC Academy can assist in making suitable welfare arrangements.

Contemporary Music applicants must undertake an audition. Audition videos/online links are accepted for applicants living overseas or interstate.

Songwriting applicants may undertake an audition OR submit a folio. The folio can consist of song lyrics, charts, recorded original songs or other relevant items as discussed with the admissions officer.

Animation, Games and Digital Design applicants are required to prepare a portfolio of sample work/drawings.

Applications will be accepted until 2 weeks before the course commences, but please note that visa applications can take considerably longer than two weeks to process. Please contact the Australian Embassy in your home country for recommended timeframes for processing your visa application.

What students think about JMC Academy

    JMC prepared me for the real world! - Oey Phongsobhon

    I chose JMC Academy because I wanted to get into the business part of the music industry. I love the lifestyle and culture of Melbourne because it is a very artistic city and people really understand the music scene in Australia. People in my JMC course were super friendly and I had so much fun with them.

    JMC Academy helped me understand the entertainment business and covered a lot of the things that I needed at the start of my career. It prepared me for the real world! Now I manage 3 bands, co-produce music and find talent around Thailand. I also have other side projects like organising events for promoters and festivals, negotiating deals and working with artists.

    During my studies, I did work experience over the summer holidays at JSS Productions in Bangkok. They provide a rental service for high-end sound systems. When I graduated, the CEO offered me a position at his record company and I joined as an A&R Manager. He knew I had studied Music Business and was very happy to have me on board. They value my skills because my English is a bit better than other peoples’, and I tend to understand more about the music industry locally and internationally.

    If you want a career in the creative industries, you need a good foundation in understanding the business and industry, and then build on that with practical experience. Get out there and take any opportunity you can! JMC is great because it prepares you in a lot of areas that you may face in your career.

    Reach your goals - Jasmine Carissa

    Everybody has been extremely friendly, accepting and helpful. Each lecturer is special and helpful, where they are willing to give their attention to each one of their students. I have learned so many valuable lessons and met amazing people along the way.

    Studying in Australia will expose you to the fascinating cultural diversity, and you will learn to be independent. I can promise you that you will gain the knowledge and experience that you need to reach your goals from JMC Academy and enjoy the stay. In other words, you will have the best time of your life!

    A place that breathes creativity and potential - Nils Strom

    JMC Academy is a place that breathes creativity and potential. All day I am finding myself surrounded by likeminded students, as dedicated and passionate about their art as they are friendly and caring about their fellow schoolmates. Together we are given the opportunity to explore and develop as individual artists, putting our knowledge and experiences into practice, achieving goals, setting new ones, and constantly expanding our world of creations. Everything set in a professional environment with industry standard equipment and supportive teachers, providing us with the tools we need. JMC has become a place where I can explore my potential and creativity, develop my skills and embrace new challenges and where my thoughts and feelings can be embodied through the art in which I express myself - music.

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