A part of CQUniversity, the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music offers conservatoire style degree programs in music and theatre. Being a regionally based institution, the conservatorium has not allowed its geographical location to get in the way of providing a quality education in the creative arts. It fosters an integrated performance culture in which classes and performance are connected with community and industry through tours, concerts, festivals, outreach activities and recording projects. The Bachelor of Music degree has a variety of specilaisations available across multiple campuses. On the Rockhampton campus, the jazz and popular specialisation enables majors in performance (instrumental or vocal) or composition. With jazz at the educational hub, students participate in a variety of ensembles and receive individual tuition from leading practitioners.
The visiting artist program is extensive and the very best are invited to perform and teach. Students have the opportunity to work with many leaders of the various fields, making valuable contacts within the industry. In the jazz area, some of the visiting artists have included; James Morrison, Don Burrows, Vince Jones, Don Rader, Kevin Hunt, Jim Kelly, Blaine Whitiker, Emma Pask, Rick Holland (USA), Viv Middleton, Irene Bartlett, Michael Davison (USA), Col Laughnan, Michael Tracey (USA), Grace Knight, Kerrie Bidell, Graham Jesse, Sharney Russell, Kristin Berardi, Peter Walters, James Greening, Marc Isaacs, James Muller, Brett Hurst, Allan Browne, Paul Hudson and many others.