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Master’s Degree in Jazz-Performance, Musikene Jazz Masters

ACADEMIC CALENDAR: From October 2019 to June 2020.

VERY FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR 2019-2020!

One-year official Masters (60 ECTS) to perfect current Jazz performers

We train you with outstanding performers and teachers from the world of jazz at international level in Musikene, a highly prestigious school

Learn to design a repertoire and show it in a group, as well as collaborating in other musicians’ projects

We prepare you to enter the professional world by bringing you together with the best specialists with workshops and seminars

If you so wish, prepare yourself for later doctorate studies by means of research work based on jazz practice

Information:

REGISTRATION: until the 25th of August included.
ACCESS TESTS: first fortnight of September 2019
MATRICULATION: Online. Second fortnight of September
NEW ADMISSION PLACES OFFERED: 24 per academic year
SPECIALTIES OFFERED IN SEPTEMBER: Open

CONTACT

Contact for further information: master@musikene.eus

Musikene. Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco (Higher Centre of Music of the Basque Country).
MÁSTER INTERPRETACIÓN-JAZZ 2019-2020
Europa Plaza nº 2
20018 Donostia-San Sebastián
Gipuzkoa

Typology of the places:

  • Drums: 3
  • Electric bass/Double bass: 3
  • Piano: 3
  • Guitar: 3
  • Sax: 3
  • Trombone: 3
  • Trumpet: 3
  • Singing: 3
STRUCTURE OF THE MASTERS DEGREE
  • Number of credits of the qualification: 60 ECTS
  • Compulsory subjects: 42 ECTS
  • Optional subjects: 6 ECTS
  • External work experience: 3 ECTS
  • Dissertation: 9 ECTS
Curriculum
MODULES AND SUBJECTS DURATION IN TIME/CHARACTER ECTS
Compulsory speciality module 41
Soloist performance Annual/Compulsory 10
Combo Annual/Compulsory 7
Section performance Annual/Compulsory 6
Workshop Annual/Compulsory 8
Professional Development Annual/Compulsory 5
Recording and post-production techniques Second term/Compulsory 5
Optional module 6
Alexander Technique First term/Optional 6
Inter-cultural dialogue and new audiences First term/Optional 6
External work experience module 4
External work experience Second term/Compulsory 4
Dissertation module 9
Methodology of research First term/Compulsory 3
Dissertation Second term/Compulsory 6
MASTERS TOTAL CREDITS 60
Contents and methodology
CONTENTS

The Masters Degree is structured in four modules:

  • Compulsory Module: this is a practical-instrumental module aimed at perfecting the jazz instrumentalist, and their professional reality. Taking one-to-one instrument classes as its base, these are complemented by Combo classes –which will serve as preparation for the repertoire which will be performed in the Final Masters Concert– as well as classes in Section Performance (Rhythm and Melody). To complement this, practical Workshop subjects are added to these subjects. These will take place throughout the Masters, with important international figures from the current jazz scene.Equally, it includes theoretical/practical subjects specifically directed at the reality of the jazz musician and their professional needs: Professional Development and Recording Techniques. The latter involves recording work experience in the school’s own studio.
  • Optional Module: aimed at the practical reality of the present-day jazz musician, taking into consideration the changing improvised music scene in all its facets. It covers subjects such as Alexander Technique and Intercultural Dialogue and new audiences, so it can be personalised according to the students’ interests.
  • External Work Experience Module: this presents the opportunity to acquire work and artistic experience via participation in concerts in different music cycles.
  • Dissertation Module: this allows the students to acquire competence appropriate to a Masters Degree, by means of the study of different research methods and techniques for the carrying out of a dissertation. The dissertation is closely related to the student’s musical project as a performer, in the Masters Final Concert.
METHODOLOGY

Type of Teaching: classroom-based teaching.

One-to-one instrument classes.

Group classes of Combos (quartets, quintets, sextets, etc.), which includes the preparation of a public concert project.

Section Performance Classes (rhythm and melody) to delve more deeply into the necessary concepts for the professional development of the working jazz musician.

Practical classes in Recording Techniques with real recording work experience, which will allow the student to finish the Masters with his or her own CD.

Group classes to achieve the optimum professional development of the student.

Practical workshops with internationally renowned guests.

External work experience, in the form of Combo concerts in music cycles in the Basque Country.

Group classes will be in Spanish and individual classes will be in the preferred language agreed between the teacher and student (Spanish, Basque, English or French).

We recommend a knowledge of English for bibliographic consultations.

The geographical origins of the teaching staff are very diverse and international, so they are bilingual to a large extent.

The school will facilitate the learning of different languages (Spanish, Basque, English, French and German) by means of its linguistic programme.

ACCESS AND ADMISSION
Selection process

Student selection will be made by means of an in-person public access test. Those interested, as shown in their enrolment form, will be able to carry out the test by videoconference without attending the school.

Registration for access tests:

Registration dates: until the 25th of August included.

Interested persons must complete the registration form and send the following documentation to the Musikene address, or by email to master@musikene.eus:

  1. Photocopy of National Identity Document, residence card, identity card or current passport.
  2. Academic transcript, showing gradings and examinations in all required subjects to access official Masters studies.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letter of motivation for taking this Masters and other merits which the candidate wishes to contribute.
Access tests:

Dates:

MASTERRA / MÁSTER EGUNA / DIA ORDUA / HORA
Interpretación Jazz (Bajo eléctrico/Contrabajo) 04/09/2019 16:00
Interpretación Jazz (Batería) 04/09/2019 16:00
Interpretación Jazz (Canto) 04/09/2019 16:00
Interpretación Jazz (Guitarra) 04/09/2019 16:00
Interpretación Jazz (Piano) 04/09/2019 16:00
Interpretación Jazz (Saxofón) 04/09/2019 16:00
Interpretación Jazz (Trombón) 04/09/2019 16:00
Interpretación Jazz (Trompeta) 04/09/2019 16:00

Structure of the test:

1) Performance and Improvisation test, vocal or instrumental: the student  must perform, accompanied by a rhythm section*, a single piece, chosen by the jury from a list of four pieces published 15 days before.

The test will comprise a rehearsal of a maximum duration of 10 minutes followed by their performance, also with a maximum duration of 10 minutes, both in the presence of the jury.

Grading for this part will be unique.

2) Personal interview.

Grading: Test 1: 80% / Test 2: 20%

*Candidates will be able to bring their own accompanying group. Musikene will make accompanying musicians available to those candidates who request them in their registration form and pay the corresponding charges for this service.

The jury will be made up of three teachers from the school who are specialists in the discipline which is the object of the examination, and they will evaluate the artistic and technical skills of the candidates, their composition project and their communication skills and their degree of motivation to carry out the Masters.

If there are places available, Musikene shall be able to hold a new selection process which shall be advertised on the school website in a timely manner.

Access requirements

To be in possession of an official qualification in higher arts education, an official qualification or graduate degree or its equivalent from an institution of the European Higher Education Area or to finish the studies of the aforementioned qualification during the 2018/2019 academic year.

Likewise, students may also access the course with qualifications from educational systems outside the European Higher Education prior checking by the competent educational administration that they show an equivalent level of training.

Presentation of the qualification (or the receipt for payment of the rights to it) will be required upon enrolment. Those students who are currently undertaking the final year may submit this documentation at the end of it. In the latter case, such documentation should be submitted by October 15, 2019

Teaching Staff
Compulsory subjects

Soloist performance:

Drums: Jo Krause

Electric bass: Victor Merlo

Jazz double bass: Gonzalo Tejada

Jazz guitar: José Luis Gámez

Jazz Piano: Iñaki Salvador

Jazz Saxophone: Mikel Andueza

Jazz Trumpet: Chris Kase

Jazz Trombone Carlos Martín

Jazz Singing: Deborah Carter

Combo: Carlos Martín, Gonzalo Tejada, Iñaki Salvador

Section performance:

Rhythmic section: Jo Krause, Joaquín Chacón

Melodic section: Carlos Martín

Workshop: Jorge Rossy, Perico Sambeat (Guest teachers)

Professional Development: Mª José Cano, Juan Solaguren, Guest teachers

Recording and post-production techniques: Juanan Ros

 

External work experience

Each student will have a work experience tutor

 

Dissertation

Methodology of research: Patri Goyalde, Mario Lerena

Dissertation: PHD teachers

 

Optional subjects

Alexander Technique: Anne Landa

Inter-cultural dialogue and new audiences: Mercedes Albaina, Ana García Urcola, Elix Etxebeste

Enrolment
Registration

The Masters Degree can be carried out in one year full-time, with matriculation of 60 ECTS, or part-time in two years, with a minimum matriculation of 30 ECTS in the first academic year. Each year, the matriculated credits during that academic year are paid.

Complete matriculation per academic year (60 ECTS): 5820 euros.

Payment will be made in 3 instalments:

  • a third at matriculation
  • the remaining amount in two halves, one in November and the other in February.

If you are a qualified ex-student of Musikene, you will enjoy a 15% discount on the price of matriculation.

Grants
General grants:
  • Basque Government grants: Students resident in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country can gain access to the grants the Basque Government gives annually to carry out university studies and other higher studies. The open call is published in July at: http://www.hezkuntza.ejgv.euskadi.eus
  • Ministry of Education grants: Students residing outside the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country can gain access to general grants for those students carrying out post-compulsory education given annually by the Ministry of Education at the end of July at: www.mecd.gob.es
Regulations
  • The Royal Decree 1614/2009, of 26 October, establishes the regulation of higher artistic studies regulated by Organic Law 2/2006. Article 7 of this Royal Decree authorises higher artistic education centres to offer masters degrees.
  • Homologation of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training.
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