• Dr Alistair Noble
  • Head of School

    Dr Alistair Noble
  • Qualification

    Undergraduate
  • Campus

    Sydney & Melbourne

AWARD: Bachelor of Music (Contemporary)

Master your musician skills:

 

Perfect your performance as a solo and collaborative artist

 

Your Bachelor of Music (Contemporary) will speak volumes:

  • Write, workshop, perform, produce and record your own music
  • Amplify your skills through individual tutoring and group master classes
  • Tap into a rich diversity of genres, styles and sounds
  • Enjoy regular performances in a concert environment
  • Perform live at a significant music venue with your band
  • Collaborate with a serious mix of fellow musicians who will help you explore and expand your skills and sound 
  • Excel in your theory and aural musicianship, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of music
  • Be mentored by high-calibre professional musicians in a supportive, creative environment. Learn from experts who personally know what it takes to break into the music scene and sustain a career

Download our Program Guide for course structure and subject details.

  1. Major study: Specialised training and performance practice to develop your instrument/vocals, culminating in a 40-minute graduation recital
  2. Academic studies: Hone in on music theory and your favourite sounds: contemporary, jazz, baroque, classical, romantic, avant-garde, music theatre, film, roots music, world music or Latin music – the choice is yours
  3. Ensemble: Collaborate and cultivate your skills in group jam sessions, leading to live performances
  4. Associated studies & electives: Sharpen your focus or explore more

Elective units give you space to explore and shape your experience. If an area of specialty is calling, you can answer with electives in the same key. Or you can use this space to mix things up across composition, performance, production, management, media and tech.

In fact, you can choose electives from any of AIM’s major study streams. Popular examples include:

  • Arranging
  • Arts & Entertainment Law
  • Audio Technology
  • Conducting
  • Digital Workstation Operation
  • DJ Electronic Music
  • Film & Screen Orchestration
  • Foundations of Improvisation
  • Guitar Skills
  • Intro to Arts & Entertainment Management
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Live Performance
  • Movement for Stage
  • Recording Performance
  • And many more …

For more information on the specific entry and admissions processes relevant to your program of interest and your student status, please follow the links below

Domestic Students

How to Apply

Admissions Criteria

 

International Students

How to Apply

Admissions Criteria

 

 

Contemporary Staff Members

Greg Coffin
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Greg Coffin

  • Leadership

    Program Leader

  • Campus

    Sydney

  • Departments

    Contemporary

Exposed from the earliest age to the sounds of Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington by a jazz loving father, turning to jazz was a natural progression for Greg. In 1992 he took up a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Piano at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, feeling for the first time that he had found his true musical path. He graduated with distinction in 1995, together with a first place finish in that year’s Sydney Youth in Jazz competition.

The formation of the ‘Coffin Bros’ with saxophonist brother Sean in the early 1990’s was Greg’s first public exposure as a composer and arranger and established him as a serious young jazz pianist. With its skill and maturity, the band’s high energy music has impressed audiences and critics from the outset. 13 years later the brothers are still wowing audiences in Sydney’s premier jazz venues, with Simon Barker on drums and Brett Hirst on bass. Greg’s creative focus was shifted to the sophisticated sounds of The Java Quartet in 1996. The release of their first album “Glow” received national and international acclaim, prompting a European tour and an invitation to perform at the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1997, alongside such jazz greats as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. The band has since released 3 more albums, “Passages”(1998), “Dark Garden”, (accompanied by a national tour in 2001), and “Deep Blue Sea” in 2005. Greg’s album credits also include recordings with renowned trumpeter Simon Sweeney’s Sextet, “Emerald City Blues” (2002), singer/trumpeter Neilsen Gough’s Quartet (2002), and vocalist/composer/arranger Scott Walker’s soon to be released album on the ABC label, “My Kind of Lonely”.

Although jazz and vocal accompaniment has been his focus in recent years, Greg’s strength as a musician lies with his versatility. He played keyboards and provided background vocals in popular 90’s covers band “The Firm”, pop band “Swoop” and the well known funk band “Professor Groove and the Booty Affair”, with national tours for the latter two in 1998 and 1999. 2002 saw Greg playing the Fender Rhodes with bassist Steve Hunter’s “9 Lives”, while more recently, Greg played both in Sydney and interstate to critical acclaim in drummer John Pochee’s highly regarded “Space Cadets”. As proof of his formidable adaptability as a musician, Greg turned his talents to cabaret in 2003, performing in Canberra’s National Press Club as solo accompanist for Natalie Gamsu - two time winner of New York City’s MAC Award for Excellence in Cabaret Performance. In 2004 he also turned his hand to Musical Theatre as pianist/musical director for the musical “Footloose“.

With a reputation as one of Sydney’s foremost jazz pianists, Greg is in regular demand for concerts and gigs at many of Australia’s leading jazz clubs, bars, restaurants and festivals. He was the resident pianist at Sydney’s Four Season’s Hotel, before taking up a residency in Japan in 2004. Has since moved back to Australia where he teaches and performs on a regular basis.

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Daryl McKenzie

  • Leadership

    Program Leader

  • Campus

    Melbourne

  • Departments

    Contemporary

Daryl McKenzie is Musical Director of the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra (DMJO) and was Musical Director of the Victoria Police Showband.

He has worked extensively as an educator directing ensembles and lecturing in composition, arranging and orchestration at secondary and tertiary levels. Daryl works as a freelance composer, arranger, trombonist and conductor. He has worked on national television shows including Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Australia’s Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars, and has orchestrated and conducted numerous Australian and international movie scores including The Truman Show, Red Dog, and The Sapphires.


Daryl’s undergraduate studies in music were at the Victorian College of the Arts and North Texas State University. He holds a Master of Education (Music) from RMIT University.