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, and
- Sibelius Academy (SibA) in Helsinki, Finland.
Admission takes place every two years and the language of instruction is English.
Before starting the studies on postgraduate level, you must have completed an undergraduate study programme of at least 180 ECTS, taken a B.A. in music or acquired corresponding qualifications in your speciality.
Your application must be accompanied by a diploma substantiating your eligibility.
For further information regarding admissions, please see below the description of entrance tests.
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.
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.