Description of Programme of Study
Would you like to have the chance to develop your ability to express yourself musically and at the same time get an in-depth education which will help you become a professional musician? Would you like to set your own goals, take your own initiative and be responsible for your own musical development?
The most important aspect is not what you think others would like to hear you play, but rather want you yourself would like to express through music.
The Performance Programme at the Malmö Academy of Music focuses on the development of your musical personality and your form of musical expression. We welcome an all-encompassing approach to the genre of jazz and believe that musical diversity is a requirement for the continuation of jazz as a form of living music.
Those who are able to find their own musical voice and have the ability to communicate it to others have a good chance of realising the dream of becoming a professional jazz musician.
Our programme allows students to shape their own music while at the same time giving them the practical skills required for them to have the chance to influence the form of their future musical careers.
We aim to offer jazz and improvisation courses in a creative and open working environment which allows students to shape and form the content of their programme of study. Once the programme is successfully completed, students are awarded a degree of Bachelor of Music.
The programme covers three main areas:
– Theoretical and Practical Knowledge
Compulsory courses which aim to build and strengthen knowledge of musical grammar as well as training the ability to work together with others.
Courses in music theory, ear training, ensemble playing and the history of jazz music/listening to jazz music are included. In addition, students are given the opportunity to select a teacher for their individual instrumental classes already from the second term of study.
– Individual Project
Already during the second term of study students formulate, structure, work on and complete an individual project. Project work is carried out alongside classes in other subjects throughout the whole programme. Students are assigned project supervisors.
The aim of the individual project is for students to develop their ability to work independently with their music and also to get support in the development of their musical ideas.
– Knowledge of the Surrounding World
The Academy offers a comprehensive programme of courses which aim to provide students with the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for a career as a musician or within the cultural sector. Courses on copyright law, marketing, cultural politics, ergonomics, economics etc are included.
The Academy often receives visits from guest lecturers, in cooperation with the Music Teacher Programme, jazz specialisation. Teaching takes a variety of forms including everything from short clinics to several weeks working with a guest lecturer on an ensemble block.
During the scheduled project weeks there are always one or more guest musicians who teach for a period.
The teachers at the Academy all work as both professional jazz musicians and teachers. We have teachers from a wide range of genres.
Successful entrance test to the Performance Programme.
Download syllabus for Jazz/Improvisation – Bachelor’s Programme (pdf - 511kB – new window)
Download course syllabus for Jazz/Improvisation Programme (pdf - 511kB – new window)
As a complement to our ensemble teaching, well-known guests are regularly invited to the Academy who represent a wide variation in instrument choice, genre and age.
Such visits may vary from short meetings to workshops of several days.
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