Department Head: Ola Bengtsson email@example.com
phone: +46 8 8-16 18 50
The international success of Swedish jazz and popular music are there for all to see and hear. Behind these achievements are top-flight musicians and responsive teachers capturing creativity and combining it with inspiring, solid training.
Primarily, the KMH Jazz Department offers study programmes for prospective musicians and educators in various genres, e.g. jazz, pop, rock, latin and free improvisation.
Students are prepared for professional activity as musicians, composers/songwriters, concert and record producers, arrangers, entrepreneurs, theatre and studio musicians and teachers from high school to university level.
Programmes include: Instrumental studies (interpretation, technique, improvisation) from secondary instrument to top international level for woodwind, brass, voice, electric guitar, piano, bass, drum set and percussion; marketing and freelance skills; theory with arrangement, composition, harmony and ear training; ensembles such as big band, latin band, improvisation groups, pop-rock groups, small combos etc. Plus a wide variety of jazz electives as repertoire ensembles, ensemble methodology, instrumental methodology and courses from all other departments at the school (classical, folk, composition, media and teacher training).
Students have many opportunities of mounting projects of their own in the course of their studies. In partnership with tutors from the jazz department, these are organised as courses, complete with tour planning, recording and concerts.
Every year the Department is visited by internationally active musicians who hold clinics and workshops with teachers and students. Through the European Erasmus network and AEC (The European Association of Conservatoires) the Jazz Department maintains close collaboration and teacher/student exchanges with other corresponding study programmes in the Nordic countries and Europe.
In collaboration with other Nordic academies, we also offer a Nordic Masters programme in Jazz, taught in English language that includes marketing music in the Nordic countries.