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BMus (Hons) Jazz Performance

Our music programme is one of the largest and liveliest in the UK. We focus on music as an applied art, one that engages with the musical world in all its diversity and excitement.

The BMus Jazz Performance degree offers you a high level of performance development, combining a focus on developing your solo performance skills in singing and/or playing, and a complementary set of skills as an ensemble performer. 

Student view

Becky Wolff
Jazz Performance student
The Jazz department at the University of Chichester is diverse, exciting and very rewarding. With opportunities to perform every week and collaborate with other musicians in and out of the University, you learn a lot in a very short amount of time. The teaching there is of the highest quality and from the beginning to the end of your degree you will find yourself part of the jazz family

Course content

For the first three years of the programme your programme will also include a contextual study of jazz music.

The fourth, graduate year of study is exclusively focused on performance and includes an extended recital.

The University of Chichester’s music department is one of the largest in the country and the location offers easy access to the growing South coast music scene.

Course highlights

  • Weekly jazz workshops and Jazz nights on campus with licensed bar
  • Regular concerts / guest artist masterclasses (recent masterclasses have included Jason Rebello, Sue McCreeth and Simon Purcell)
  • Jazz research group / jazz composition group / Advanced workshop group many other opportunities for live performance
  • Ensemble work / high quality one-one tuition featuring an internationally renowned teaching faculty
  • Exciting contextual modules each semester: Introduction to Jazz Theory / Jazz Repertoire / Jazz and the Modern Musical Theatre / Jazz History / Arranging for jazz / Postmodern jazz

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Music department offers several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. The Chapel is a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centre piece of the campus.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we’ve developed a student and graduate internship scheme.

Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships. The areas our graduates have progressed into include:

  • Solo Performance
  • Teaching at all levels of education
  • Musical theatre
  • Music leaders
  • Opera singers
  • Group instrumentalists
  • Cruise musicians

Indicative modules

Some of the typical modules you can expect to study include:

  • The Roots of Jazz
  • Modern Jazz
  • Arranging for Jazz
  • Postmodern Jazz
  • Introduction to Jazz theory
  • Jazz Repertoire
  • Approaches to Performance
  • Communicative performance
  • Ensemble

As you progress through your degree programme, you’ll need to enhance and build on your skills as a musician, as a performer and as a scholar. In making your module choices, you‘re able to draw on study skills modules that you feel are relevant to your personal developmental needs. Some of the study skills modules you might take are:

  • Musical Grammar
  • Writing about Music
  • Listening Skills 1
  • Music and Society

Teaching and assessment

Jazz Studies within the Music Subject Area at the University of Chichester aims to provide students with high quality tuition combined with an exciting and enjoyable educational journey that challenges the individual through practical and theoretical skills.

All students within the department have opportunities to become part of the jazz community, whether they are jazz musicians or not, and the curriculum encourages students to develop an appreciation of jazz as music of diversity, inclusivity and creativity.

These values underpin the ethos of the teaching and are embedded within the curriculum so our students, who will inherit this growing tradition, foster a lifelong learning attitude to any creative endeavour and can appreciate jazz as a collaborative community art form.

Ben Hall (Music Head of Department): b.hall@chi.ac.uk
Nick Reynolds (Programme coordinator): n.reynolds@chi.ac.uk

Additional Costs

Places still available

Codes

UCAS code: 
AST3
College Code: 
C58

Course length

4 years
Full Time