The jazz program at WAAPA has long been recognised as one of the strongest jazz courses in the southern hemisphere, producing many nationally and internationally renowned jazz musicians. The strength of the course lies in the focus on performance outcomes, hence all educational units are based around developing these skills. Students have the option of pursuing a performance or arranging stream in third year, culminating in a professional recital at the end of the year and throughout the year all students participate in many varied ensembles, from big bands to jazz trios and everything in between. The jazz course has a visiting artist program that is second to none, and prides itself on the depth of professional knowledge that is on offer to students year round.
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