The performance -based music course provides students with the knowledge and skills in composition, theory and arranging in jazz and Latin idioms. The course assists contemporary artists to develop their compositional and performance skills to professional standards. It has a practical focus and develops proficiency in playing a range of ensembles, including big band. It is a course for persons wanting to perform and compose music at an advanced level.
Studies incorporate jazz history, styles analysis, extended repertoire and music industry knowledge and awareness. The course aims to develop the broad background necessary for musicians in the Australian music industry.
Students are eligible to receive the Advanced Diploma of Music and Certificate IV in Music on successful completion of all relevant competencies.
There are a number of employment opportunities resulting from this field of study, and graduates can look forward to careers in the music industry, or working in roles that include performing, teaching, recording or multimedia music production.
These courses are based at the Gordon’s East Geelong Campus, Boundary Rd, Geelong and are delivered by the Centre of Creative Vision.
When the Gordon has received your completed Offer and Acceptance Agreement and payment, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) form. Take this form to the Australian High Commission (or Australian Embassy) in your country to apply for a Student Visa.
The Gordon Institute of TAFE grew out of the need for technical training in the brave new world of the 1800s industrial age. From its origins as a mechanics institute and a night school for tradespeople, the Gordon has become the embodiment of quality vocational education and training in Geelong and beyond.
During the late 1800s, Geelong's increasing importance as an industrial centre, along with a worrying overseas trend showing Britain was losing its traditional markets to the United States and Europe, spurred leading Geelong citizens to campaign for greater technical training. However, it was another overseas event that hastened the Gordon's development.
The heroic exploits of British general Charles Gordon had captured Geelong's imagination. His death during the siege of Khartoum in Africa prompted calls for a memorial. One proposal, backed by a military battalion brass band, suggested a statue but others wanted something more meaningful. What better memorial could there be, it was said, for a man whose life was devoted to civic duty and, especially, to the education of the disadvantaged, than a vocational institute?
Since opening in 1887, in a single-storied hall and operating mainly night classes for tradespeople, the Gordon has developed into an institution operating across five campuses. The Gordon offers 220 nationally recognised courses in seven teaching schools, as well as 240 specialist courses exploring a wide range of career options. There is an annual enrolment of 26,000 students.