Jazz students performing

BA (Hons) Jazz and Cabaret Performance

Specialise in jazz, work with companies including Talent Artistic Group, Sonic Artists and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and graduate with a professional showreel

WW6C
3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

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Overview

This BA (Hons) Jazz and Cabaret Performance degree will develop your solo performance skills in jazz singing or playing as well as your skills as an ensemble performer to prepare you for careers in cruise, hotel, and entertainment performance.

You will receive individual tuition in your specialist vocal or accompaniment discipline throughout your studies and have the opportunity to join one or more of our six orchestras, five choirs and nine other taught performance ensembles. You will be trained in the art of performance itself and can choose to study the Alexander Technique, yoga and other skills alongside a wide choice of contextual modules.

Working with industry partners TAG (Talent Artistic Group) and Sonic Artists and with professionals from the West End, jazz venues, BBC Radio, chart topping recording artists and the most prestigious cruise companies in the world, you will develop vital skills to be competitive in this rapidly expanding entertainment sector.

In addition to weekly tutor led Jazz nights on campus, you will be guaranteed a place in our Cabaret floor shows as a soloist or showband member. In your final year you will develop your professional showreel and perform in an industry showcase.

On this course you will:

  • Develop your jazz performance skills.
  • Have the opportunity to join a selection of our 6 orchestras, 5 choirs, 9 large ensembles and over 70 small ensembles.
  • Perform in Cabaret floor shows.
  • Perform in an industry showcase during your final year.
  • Graduate with a professional showreel.

Partnerships

  • TAG Talent Artistic Group
  • Sonic Artists

Jon Perry

Director, Sonic Artists
"Sonic Artists have a wide range of opportunities for musicians and performers in the cruise, leisure and holiday industries ideal for Jazz, Musical Theatre, Songwriting and Cabaret Performance. We are committed to helping the University of Chichester develop this talent and eventually guide them into the job market."

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will study using lecturers, seminars, practical classes and workshops. You will learn from a core team of experienced and qualified tutors alongside a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

You will be assessed through a range of assignments including essays, exams, exhibitions, performance and practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Saara Sofia Paakko

Conservatoire student
"The atmosphere at the university is lovely due to the small size of the institution, and I love being around like-minded people."

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Cabaret Skills

With a rigorous focus on developing your individual skills, this all year module puts your technique into practice in the development of performance in a variety of styles and contexts. As a solo singer you will have the choice of regular vocal repertoire classes in addition to a good amount of group dance/movement tuition, arranging, and join the Cabaret showband as a soloist. As an instrumentalist you will join the Cabaret showband, study arranging and musical direction. Your classes will give you the fundamental techniques for your chosen route and encourage you to push yourself out of your comfort zones in exploring repertoire choices from not only Musical theatre, but also (where suitable) classical, pop, jazz, rock, disney and swing. The performance of song and/or instrumental studies allied to engaging with the audience is a vital skill that is explored in this module.

Professional Skills in Music

You will understand the importance of high levels of technical assurance and focus on specific areas of study which could include self-accompaniment, clowning, magic, recording studio and microphone techniques, arranging and spoken voice.  

Performance Development (Music)

You will work on your technical development and expressive facility in performance in a bespoke way with regular one to one tuition. We pride ourselves in helping you to form an excellent working relationship with your one to one tutor, which will enable you to identify areas for development, understand your specialist discipline with mindful awareness.

Create Your Own Showreel

The course culminates in a large project designed to help you position yourself to employers with professional publicity materials.  

Technical Skills

More information on this module will be available soon.

Bespoke Jazz modules

Student can access an array of bespoke Jazz modules to further their study and practical accomplishment.

Facilities

Use industry standard equipment

You will also use the 350-seater Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis, the Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and our on-site Chapel which is a fantastic venue for cabaret performances and the centrepiece of the campus.

Lecturers

Learn from experienced performers, musicians and tutors

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly qualified tutors alongside a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

As well as supporting student development and the student experience our staff are active, practicing professional musicians and researchers who regularly perform and record. We have around 140 professional tutors who visit campus regularly throughout the semester to deliver our practical and contextual modules. You will be supported by your one-to-one tutor and your module tutors, as well as your Academic Advisor.

Careers

Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Jazz and Cabaret Performance degree prepares you for a range of careers after you graduate. You will benefit from our industry relationships throughout your degree and we will help you explore career opportunities with our network of employers and agents.

Past graduates have performed in:

  • West End productions
  • Major touring productions throughout Europe
  • Major cruise ships including Disney
  • UK and International small-scale touring theatre
  • ​Film and TV in both the UK and US
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Cabaret
  • Cruise ship bands on P&O
  • Warner Leisure hotels

Graduates have also secured roles as stage managers, arts managers and producers, picking up contracts in the UK and around the world.

Browse our alumni on Facebook to see some of our graduates.

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Music Performance
  • MA Music Teaching
  • PGCE
  • PhD/MPhil

University of Chichester alumni receive a discount on postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Scholarships may be available for selected instruments; please enquire with the Head of Music.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-112
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BCC-CCC
BTEC
DMM-MMM
IB
26 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

Auditions

You will need to demonstrate your ability in an instrument or voice performance, display musical awareness and showcase your skills during your performance audition. If you have a high level of performance skills you may be considered for a lower academic offer.

Interviews and Auditions

Auditions and interviews usually run from December until March.

We aim to offer you a genuine dialogue during your application process. This gives you a sense of worth and achievement from the audition process itself; a sense of ownership for you during the process and, ultimately, is an opportunity for us to get a clear understanding of who you are, what you need, and how we can best prepare you for  your degree.

We judge you on your skills, your potential, and your personality, not your background.

Booking Your Audition

If you are invited to audition you will receive an email asking you to book your audition date on ChiView. If you are unsuccessful we will email you to let you know. 

You can usually choose between two or three different days on ChiView at one time. Once these dates are close ChiView will refresh to show new options. If none of the current dates suit you then you should wait until the dates renew and check again. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

Once you have booked your audition you will have access to the relevant documents on ChiView. 

Log in to the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to view, download, or print documents telling you how to prepare for your audition and what to expect on the day.

If your situation changes and you can no longer attend your interview date you should cancel your booking in ChiView by visiting your ‘Event Schedule’ and clicking ‘Cancel Attendance’. You also need to inform the admissions team by emailing admissions@chi.ac.uk so we can send you a new audition invitation.

Using ChiView 

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone you will not be able to see the page correctly. If this happens you should try again on another device.

You may need to clear your browser history. 

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails please email admissions@chi.ac.uk with your query and applicant number.

Your Audition Day

You will need to prepare a three minute piece, in any style, but if you’d like to perform something slightly longer or to perform on more than one instrument, or on an instrument and as a singer, just let us know on the day. Composers can opt to bring a recording of some of their work, with a score if there is one, and play this instead if they prefer.

You can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket but please note that the demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, there are specific parking controls and restrictions to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both campuses. 

After Your Audition

After your audition the panel will discuss your application and pass our decision onto the admissions team who will update UCAS.

  • We make bespoke offers: Your offer is specifically for you. If we offer less than your predicted grades, this will reflect the potential and quality of your audition and we’d like to take a bit of pressure off of you heading into your exams.
  • We don’t do unconditional offers: Unless you already have your grades (you are a mature student), we will always insist on certain grade achievements because we want you to succeed in all aspects of your academic life including your A levels, BTEC, etc.
  • If you do not get the grades you wanted: Don’t panic. You received an offer because you were good enough for the department at audition. Ring us on the clearing hotline so we can discuss things with you.
  • We may offer you a different course: We may offer you a place on a course within the department that is different to the one you applied for. If this is the case we will speak to you about this at your audition or shortly afterwards. We will explain our reasoning, which will revolve around placing you on the most appropriate course where we think you will thrive.

Charlie

BMus (Hons) Music Performance
“I remember sitting in a music A level lesson when I received my email offering me an audition to study BMus (Hons) Music Performance at the University of Chichester. I was immediately terrified of having to choose a piece to perform and to then perform it in front of tutors and other applicants. In the end I needn’t have worried at all, the audition experience was extremely enjoyable and relaxed. I had the best time meeting other prospective students, some of whom became course mates and one even a future housemate! Meeting the Head of Music, Ben Hall, was invaluable as it meant that any questions that I had about the course could be answered. He even gave us a tour of the Chichester campus and the music block which helped put us all at ease before we performed to each other.”

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to relevant UCAS page.

What are UCAS tariff points?

Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.

How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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