Jazz performance provides an ideal education for the modern musician, involving as it does a wide range of transferable skills; from instrumental and vocal technique, to arranging and composing skills. The DCU Centre for Jazz Performance Studies provides an ideal environment for the development of high level musical skills along with contextual and reflective studies. With excellent performance and practice facilities, and a teaching staff comprised of some of the finest jazz performers in Ireland, the Centre delivers the BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance.
The BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance is a four-year, full time Honours degree which trains learners for a life as a professional performing musician. The programme covers a wide range of musical techniques including performance, instrumental technique, improvisation, composition, computer music, aural training, arranging and pedagogical studies, giving the students the skills necessary to operate in the broad area of contemporary music, not just jazz. All aspects of the programme are geared towards training musicians to the highest international standards and to be fully equipped to work in the world of contemporary music both here and abroad.