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BMus (Hons) Jazz Performance

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Institution C58


4 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BCC - CCC


International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability in dance, acting and singing in a performance audition. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Scholarships available for selected instruments – please enquire with the Head of Music.

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

The University of Chichester Conservatoire has one of the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK with a community of over 400 student performers. Our facilities include computerised recording and media studios, well equipped practice rooms and an acoustically superb performance venue.

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.

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

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

Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

Indicative modules

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

The Roots of Jazz

This module will explore the roots of jazz, primarily focussing on the development of jazz between 1890 and 1930 and critically analysing the social, political and cultural context in New Orleans. The module will also examine the music and musicians that helped to create jazz and will consider the relevance of early jazz with regards to contemporary jazz education and performance.

Modern Jazz: Seven Steps to Heaven

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Arranging for Jazz

The ability to take standard repertoire from the jazz canon and rearrange it into your own personal vision is another key skill within the jazz domain. To develop a personal repertoire of arrangements and compositions is an essential ingredient in eventually getting gigs and professional work outside of the university learning environment. This module teaches various basic skills in jazz arranging which can be further developed into a more personal vocabulary.

Postmodern Jazz

In this module we seek to find answers in a postmodern jazz world, and ask if the intrinsic identity of jazz has been lost and where it can go from here. By listening, playing, and analysing jazz from the 50's to the present day we can gain an understanding of its evolution since Coltrane. This module looks at:  The effect of globalisation and the fusion of different styles and cultures e.g. jazz rock (Weather Report) and Avant Garde jazz (Anthony Braxton)  How jazz musicians have been influenced by the classical Avant Garde movement and many contemporary classical composers, such as Steve Reich.  How the traditional role of instruments such as the bass and piano have changed, and who influenced this change.  How electronic technologies and sound production have impacted on the composition and performance process  How gender roles have changed in the performance and composition of jazz Finally, by creating our own fusion[s], we discover where jazz may evolve in the future.

Introduction to Jazz Theory

Jazz theory is an important part of the overall development and toolbox of the developing jazz musician. Whilst the theoretical component is not a means to an end and should be seen as a pathway to improvisation, composition and arranging, it is an essential skill with a robust pedagogical basis. This module will explore harmony, melody and rhythmic aspects of jazz theory and will seek to demonstrate through group analysis, how these components can be applied to standard jazz repertoire.

Jazz Repertoire

This module will explore a different composer and selected compositions each week. The pieces will be analysed both theoretically and contextually and different versions and arrangements of the piece will also be looked at. Skills learned in jazz theory will be applied and various approaches to how the student can improvise over the selected work will be discussed. This will also include a detailed analysis of how the composer approached their own work as an improvisatory vehicle for themselves

Approaches to Performance

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Communicative performance

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Working in parrall to the performance development strand, his module allows students to explore their potential as team players in performance and to develop the commercial potential of their performing ensemle. Repertoire building and a variety of different performance contexts are discussed, leading to a clearer view of the achievement outcomes that are possible for each individual. Longer term planning and practice preparation strategies will be emphasisted in rehearsals and coaching sessions.

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

Designed to enable each student to work at their own pace, whilst moving towards a common level of achievement, the module will introduce, reintroduce and familiarise students with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation. Alongside this, students will present and discuss their work, both individually and in groups – enhancing skills in teamwork and presentation, and building confidence in this knowledge base.

Writing about Music

Through the introduction of a range of concepts and debates which inform our lives as musicians, this course will combine the development of a critical and analytical approach with the confidence and skill needed to express this in written form. These concepts and debates will be introduced and explored through the study and examination of a range of musics and related artworks from different styles, genres, and historical periods.

Listening Skills 1

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Music and Society

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International English Studies

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International English Studies

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):
Nick Reynolds (Programme Coordinator):

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Audition details

For more information on the audition process download the Music audition booklet here.

Audition booklet