Performance, Jazz

The Master's Programme in Jazz gives you in-depth skills as a musician, composer and ensemble leader for work in the diverse field of jazz.

The content of the Master's Programme in Jazz aims at developing in-depth skills on your own instrument in combination with independent artistic creation in improvisation, composition and music production.

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


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.

For further information regarding admissions, please see "test description" at the bottom of the page.

Programme Content

The two-year Master's Programme in Jazz consists of courses in your main instrument at a high artistic level based on your profiling, so the actual content and the distribution of different courses in the programme can look different for each student. But courses within the main subject always include one-to-one lessons and artistic tutoring on your main instrument.

Focus on your Musical Idea

The main instrument course aims to stimulate the development of your individual artistic specialisation as instrumentalist and improviser. The link between instrumental technology and improvised language is clarified. The goal is that you will be able to function in many varied musical environments with your particular artistic kind intact.

You will appear both as an ensemble musician and soloist in concerts documented and analysed in seminars, which will provide further study material.

Together with research preparatory and elective courses, your tailor-made training and education is then created.

Balance between Creation and Reflection

A master's programme prepares you for further research and will provide you with knowledge about research methodology. Whether you want to move on to research studies or not, this is an essential part of being able to reflect on your own musicianship and put it in context.

In order to carry out your artistic work, a research preparation course focuses on a lecture and seminar series with literature studies and outstanding guest teachers. The course deals with musical ethical approaches in a historical perspective and music psychological conditions for musicians.

Artistic research methodology involves seminars in which documentation, analysis and communication of music-making and musicianship are problematised. The seminars also deal with the construction and communication of musical knowledge in a knowledge-theoretical perspective.

In addition there are discussion seminars where students' degree work is continually ventilated, both in terms of artistic content and the reflective theoretical part of the work.

The education's final course in 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.

How to apply

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