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Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

This subject is taught by Te Kōki New Zealand School of Music (NZSM).


The Jazz major within the Bachelor of Music (BMus) offers the opportunity for aspiring Jazz performers and composers to prepare for a professional career. Jazz students benefit from studying with internationally recognised Jazz musicians, teachers and scholars from Europe, North America and Australasia.

The comprehensive Jazz curriculum encompasses instrumental performance techniques in one-to-one lessons, improvisation, ensemble performance, composition and musicianship.

You can choose to study from all the jazz instruments: brass, woodwind, piano and keyboards, drums and percussions, bass, guitar and voice. Performance opportunities for Jazz majors include three jazz big bands, jazz combos and a jazz choir.

The Jazz major leads on to several postgraduate qualifications at Victoria and will provide you with the skills to equip you for a professional music career.

Undergraduate information

BMus major requirements

  1. PERF 120, 121, 122, MUSC 105, 125, and 164
  2. MUSC 264, CMPO 235; and either (PERF 220, 221, 222) or (CMPO 220, 221); and
  3. 75 CMPO, MUSC, or PERF points at 300 level, including either (PERF 320, 322) or (CMPO 320, 321); and 20 points from MUSC 326, 327, CMPO 335

Please note: an audition is required for students wishing to enrol in Jazz. See the audition page on the NZSM website for details of how to apply and audition dates.

Postgraduate information

Postgraduate qualifications in Jazz

We offer the following postgraduate qualifications:

How to find out more

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If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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List of courses

Jazz courses are taught by Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.

Please note: the list of courses displays undergraduate and postgraduate level courses for this subject.

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