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Jazz

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15,P:30

Access pass with 45 credits at Level 3 (15 merit or higher)

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96

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Jazz

Overview
Jazz is one of the most complex and creative musical forms. If you are an ambitious musician, this advanced degree will enable you to develop your technique, skills and experience, ready to launch a professional career in the music industry.

Why study BA Jazz at Middlesex University?
BA Jazz is an exciting and practical course where you get to play all the music that you study in class. Performance, improvisation and composition are intrinsically linked in jazz music so they are embedded within all areas of our course. We encourage you to develop your own voice whilst acknowledging the jazz tradition and you will examine a wide range of music and artists each year, giving you a diverse and exciting course of study.

This degree requires a high standard of musicianship. You will learn to work quickly, effectively and flexibly by joining a range of ensembles and performing at London jazz venues.

Our London location puts you at the heart of the capital's thriving music scene: where you can access promoters, labels, concerts, gigs and the wealth of musical opportunities that London holds. You will also benefit from the expertise of a team of successful professional musicians, currently active in the music industry, who will help you build the contacts and experience required for a music industry career. Successful graduates from the BA Jazz degree include Led Bib, who received a Mercury Prize nomination for their album Sensible Shoes. You can find out more about our graduates in the Careers tab.

Course highlights

You will benefit from the expert teaching, training and support of our four dedicated jazz lecturers (find out more in the Profiles tab), as well as our wider music staff, who are leading academics, musicians, composers and producers
We offer work placement options, visiting lectures from industry and regular masterclasses, opening up a wide range of viewpoints from professionals such as music industry specialists, concert pianists and music agency staff
Access to world-class facilities including: a concert hall, two performance halls, soundproofed practice rooms, pianos (including two Steinway grand pianos), hybrid analogue-digital sound recording facilities, and a recording studio
The music department hosts weekly guest speakers. Guests have included Mark Lawrence (Director of Membership, PRS), Geoff Travis (founder, Rough Trade), Tom Robinson (BBC DJ, singer-songwriter), James Threlfall (A&R, Champion Records) and Dave Tomberlin (Music Publicist, Interscope Geffen A&M)
The option to study abroad during your second year. In the past, students have travelled to New Orleans, Sacramento and Helsinki
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Modules

Year 1:
Introduction to Ethnomusicology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Jazz Harmony and Theory 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory
Jazz Performance 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory
Stylistic Studies 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 2:
Jazz Harmony and Theory 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory
Jazz Performance 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory
Jazz Repertoire (30 credits) - Compulsory
Stylistic Studies 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 3:
Advanced Jazz Improvisation (30 credits) - Compulsory
Stylistic Studies 3 (30 credits) - Compulsory
Un-American Activities (30 credits) - Compulsory
Independent Project (30 credits) - Optional
Jazz Major Project (30 credits) - Optional

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,000
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hendon Campus

Department:

Performing Arts

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

63%
low
Jazz

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
66%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
49%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

63%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

54%
UK students
46%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
41%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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