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Having the audio and film guys to work with me on my projects taught me a lot about the whole process. I put this into action as one of the animators on the ‘Happy Feet’ films.

Damien Schneider,
Freelance Animation Artist, Animation Alumni

 

FURTHER LEARNING PATHWAYS

Upon successful completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in Music, a student can apply for RPL for four units (24 credit points) in one of the following awards.


Bachelor of Music
with specialisation in
Contemporary Performance

[CRICOS 081191F]
2 years (6 trimesters)
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane
FEE-HELP Available

Bachelor of Music
with specialisation in
Songwriting

[CRICOS 081191F]
2 years (6 trimesters)
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane
FEE-HELP Available

Bachelor of Music
with specialisation in
Music Production

[CRICOS 081191F]
2 years (6 trimesters)
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane
FEE-HELP Available

Diploma of Music
with specialisation in
Contemporary Performance

[CRICOS 058467G]
8 months (2 trimesters)
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane
FEE-HELP Available

Diploma of Music
with specialisation in
Songwriting

[CRICOS 058467G]
8 months (2 trimesters)
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane
FEE-HELP Available

Diploma of Music
with specialisation in
Music Production

[CRICOS 058467G]
8 months (2 trimesters)
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane
FEE-HELP Available

 

 CURRICULUM


Ear Training

This subject provides development in the student’s aural musicianship skills. In undertaking this subject, students will gain an understanding of fundamental musical principles and strengthen their aural perception of musical elements. Skills and understanding achieved in this subject create the foundation of any professional musician, which will be further developed during the duration of the course. This fundamental level of musicianship will allow students to better appreciate music and explore sonic textures. Emphasis is given to three main area including rhythmic perception and performance, solfege, performance and recognition of harmonic and melodic elements.



Collaborative Music Project

In the first unit in the Collaborative Music Production sequence, students are introduced to the practices of collaborative music-making. For musicians developing a specialist skill as a creative technologist, replication of music elements via digital environments is an integral foundation skill for a digital creator. This unit includes aspects of group music creation and replication using software, piano skills via industry DAWs, and basic stylistic replication. Across a 1 x 2-hour supervised group class per week (and additional self-organised follow-up sessions), students will develop planning skills and the ability to set specific, timely and achievable goals. Attention is placed on learning basic communication and interaction skills.



Instrument Study

It is essential to constantly develop as a member of a band and as an individual player to ensure a future musical career. In Performance Study 1, students will begin to develop their technical expertise in their principal instrument and awareness of repertoire for solo and ensemble situations. The unit involves the study of technical work and repertoire, through one-on-one instrumental lessons (1 x 30 min lesson per week). Subsequent Performance Study units continue to develop technical proficiency, creativity and their personal playing styles. The underlying theme of these units is exploration and experimentation with a view of identifying and continually refining the student’s personal expression.


History of Western Popular Music

This unit provides an overview of Western contemporary popular music styles and the evolution in production of recorded and performed music since the 1950s. Students investigate major musical styles and periods from the 1950s to the present, and develop the ability to define key characteristics of each. The unit introduces the broad themes of what constitutes popular music, and elements of music production, with an emphasis on musical events, key artists or industry figures, and institutions which contributed to the development of different musical movements. Students are exposed to the structure of the music industry, developing their understanding of the inter-relationship between the different sectors and key historical developments, and gain an appreciation of the music tradition within which they will work. The unit provides a context and preparation for the concepts which are explored further in subsequent units and is essential for future professional practice in the music industry. Basic academic writing skills and assignment planning will also be covered in this unit.

Introduction to Music Technology

This unit introduces students to the capacity of music technology to enhance their potential as musicians, composers, and recording artists. Students will investigate the fundamental range and features of music technology available and gain an understanding of its potential in the creative process. Students will learn the fundamentals of the technology underlying all stages of music creation and distribution. They will also investigate the operations and parts of a computer; set-up and operation of small music home recording systems; operation of industry-standard software program (Pro Tools, Logic Pro, or Ableton Live) and program using Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). Students will acquire (or reinforce) basic musicianship and keyboard skills. Academic writing skills with research and referencing methodology will also be covered as part of preparation for the first assessment task.

Music Theory

This unit continues developing the student’s knowledge and understanding of Music Theory, in preparation for musicianship at a professional level. Skills and understanding achieved in the unit will include knowledge of written theory, and extended understanding of notation and harmonic relationships at an intermediate level. This expanded level of musicianship will eventually allow students to compose or arrange successful compositions and help develop technical musical skills on a chosen instrument. This is the second of four units (Music Theory 1-4) that will build the students’ ability and knowledge within practical components of written music theory, and increase their overall musical awareness.

EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES

Completing the undergraduate certificate provides graduates with the opportunity to seek work in junior/entry level positions, either in the creative industries or as a creative embedded in other industries. They will be able to enhance their employability with a demonstration of their expertise, coupled with a fundamental understanding of the principles and practices involved in their field's professional practice. This course also broadens career opportunities, with graduates being able to build on their creative skills as they apply to their current workplace.

Students who choose to continue their studies into diploma or degree programs may also  find employment in the following roles:

  • Recording Artist
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Journalist
  • Composer
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Music Director
  • Music Programmer
  • Licensing Agent
  • Music Academic​
  • Booking Agent
  • Tour Promoter
  • Copyright Specialist
  • Producer
  • e-Marketing Music
  • Consultant
  • Music Publisher
  • Arranger
  • Musical Theatre Director

FAQs

Creativity is big business. In 2011, Australia had more than 600,000 people working in the creative industries and over 120,000 creative businesses. According to the most recent report by consultancy group SGS Economics and Planning, the Creative Industries alone was estimated to have added more than $45 billion to Australia’s GDP in 2011-12 while generating more than $3.2 billion in annual exports. In addition ABS figures released in 2014 showed that the 2008-09 national accounts had a combined Cultural and Creative Industries contributing over $86 billion to our economy.
Our degree offers many similar units of study, however it is focused specifically on the entertainment and creative industries, as opposed to a university business degree which would cover business management skills across all industries. Our course therefore has a more specialised outcome with a great emphasis placed on practical application and internship opportunities.
The ultimate benefit of studying at JMC Academy is the reassurance and relief in knowing that we are leaders in creative industries education and have been delivering quality education in the Creative Industries for over 30 years. We were the first to be accredited in Australia for education in Audio Engineering, Digital Television and Multimedia.

Our courses have always been practical, with hands-on projects and an intense focus on industry and outcomes undiluted by extensive, non-essential electives.

In choosing to study at JMC Academy, our students are opting for the benefits of an intimate classroom size where the lecturer knows their name and learning needs. They are choosing to learn at an award-winning institution that fosters collaboration and creative vision. At JMC Academy the student's experience becomes an integral part of their learning and the institution's own values defined by quality, integrity, diligence and innovation indelibly become their own.
As the entertainment management industry is ‘people oriented’, there is a focus on presentations, but you will also do things like business and marketing plans, event manuals, tour and festival schedules, and other theoretical assessments such as essays.
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The way I have been taught music here has changed my life. I try to inspire my own music students in the same way.


Mickey Pye
Principal, Bathurst College of Music
Toyota Star Maker winner 2015
Contemporary Music + Performance Alumni


This course was different - very diverse! There was the singing, stage craft and learning how to audio produce. It's helped me tour the world with my music.

Timomatic (Tim Omaji)
ARIA award nominee, Urban Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Dancer/Choreographer, Contemporary Music + Performance Alumni

JMC Academy has provided me with the ability to recognise good opportunities, to not shy away from the challenging ones and to be adaptable to changes in the industry. 

Amara Primero

Composer for Film & Television
Contemporary Music + Performance Alumni
JMC will always be there to support you, even after your course is over - I'm still feeling the love 2 years on!

Shelley Davies
Elizabeth Cass Award Winner
Contemporary Music + Performance Alumni
At JMC, you involve yourself with many like-minded people and are exposed to a range of ideas, this is where some of the best discoveries are made.

Hayley Brace
Founder, Lucid Music
Contemporary Music + Performance Alumni

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