Nordic Performance Master in Jazz, Nomazz

The Nordic Master's Programme in Jazz gives you in-depth artistic skills as a musician, composer and ensemble leader. You will have a unique opportunity to study and take part of each partner's special field of expertise and to form a personal musical profile in collaboration with other high-level jazz musicians.

KMH offers a joint Nordic jazz education together with

  • The Royal Academy of Music (DJM) in Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark
  • Sibelius Academy (SibA) in Helsinki, Finland.

Admission takes place every two years and the language of instruction is English.


To be eligible for this programme, you need to

  • meet the general entry requirements for second-cycle courses and study programmes, meaning you must have completed an undergraduate study programme of at least 180 ECTS
  • meet the specific entry requirements which are a Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music (180 credits) or equivalent, as well as passed entrance examination.

If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places, a selection will take place. Selection is based on results on entrance examination. You as an applicant are placed in a selection group according to the instrument you apply for.

Read more about general entry requirements

Read the test description for the programme for information about the entrance examination content.

Focus on Collaboration and Exchange

The programme benefits from group collaboration and the competence and education culture of each partner college, which provides a good foundation for and current insight into Nordic jazz music as well as a unique opportunity for international and intercultural exchange.

You apply to one of these university colleges and the education leads to a Master's degree from your home college.

The second semester and the last semester are on KMH. The first and third semesters are taken at the partner colleges through exchange studies.

Programme Content

The overall aim of the program is to provide in-depth artistic skills for musicians, composers and ensemble leaders to work in the diverse jazz genre.

Therefore, instrumental studies are central to enable you to develop very good skills on your own instrument combined with independent creation in improvisation, composition and music production.

The main instrument courses contribute to the development of your individual special character as an instrumentalist and improviser at a very high level. The link between instrumental technique and improvised tone language is clarified to enable you to work in many varied musical environments with all your specifics intact. The content is adapted to a large extent according to your needs and conditions.

In the courses you are expected to perform both as an ensemble musician and soloist in concerts that are documented and analysed, and as such will constitute further study material.

In the ensemble courses you get to play in ensemble under supervision, work with arrangements in prepared or unprepared moments as well as interaction and improvisation. All this is done through musical communication in an international environment.

The courses in international entrepreneurial music contain:

  • the international music market for jazz musicians,
  • legislation relating to a career as a freelance musician,
  • copyright issues,
  • construction and negotiation of contracts,
  • information about different networks, organisations and organisers in folk music.

In addition to this, special interest is devoted to working with promotion, distribution and production of various types of information/PR material.

The programme also includes elective courses and student-driven artistic projects and ends with a high-level graduate degree.

The Degree Project aims at giving you as a student the opportunity to showcase your artistic level in a concert or music production and to formulate yourself in a written, reflective work about working methods and experiences in the process of the degree project.

After the Programme

After completing studies in the Nordic Master's Programme in Jazz, you will be able to show both the width and depth of the jazz genres and your own performance.

Previous students are distinguished today on the Nordic jazz scene and work as freelance musicians in different constellations.

One of the things I love the most about the musical environment in the Nordic countries is the open-mindedness and diversity that exists. Lars Fiil, alumnus

The programme also prepares for third-cycle education.

Application dates and deadlines

1 December 2023

Application opens at External link, opens in new window.. Please see our Step-by-step guide on how to apply.

15 January 2024

Application deadline and last day to rank your programmes and courses.

16–18 January 2024

An email is sent to the email address you entered on with instructions on how to submit your test to KMH including the link for uploading Test 1. See the test description for information on what to submit.

25 January 2024

14–20 February 2024

Results for Test 1 are sent via email. Passing applicants will receive information and invites to the next test.

9–17 March 2024

Entrance examinations during week 11.

12 April 2024

First notification of selection result. You must reply to keep your place/remain on the waiting list.

25 April 2024

Last day to reply to your offer and keep your place (applies to both admitted and applicants on waiting list). You do this on My pages on External link, opens in new window..

8 May 2024

Second notification of selection result.

26 August 2024

Introduction week and registration.

2 September 2024

Semester starts.