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

European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Level 7 and Spanish Framework of Higher Education Qualifications (MECES) Level 3 Degree.

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Why study the Master in Performance - Jazz at Musikene?


Complete the 60 ECTS of the Master of Jazz in one course or, if you wish, extend your studies at Musikene through partial enrollment.


Immerse yourself in research based on Jazz practice and, if you wish, prepare for further doctoral studies.

Combo and section

Share, design and show your musical project in a group.

Professional internships

You will record in an external professional studio and will have a copy of the recording in optimal quality.

Guest artists

Meet outstanding international artists in the workshops and seminars (Guillermo Klein and Ilja Reijngoud, 23-24).


Schedules concentrated so that you can combine the Master with your professional activity outside Donostia - San Sebastián.


REGISTRATION: from 1st to 20th February 2024
ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS: ONLINE, recordings sent 5th and 6th March 2024
SECOND CALL: June 2024
ACADEMIC CALENDAR: from the end of September 2024 to June 2025
PLACES OFFERED: 24 per academic year


Contact for further information:

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

Typology of the places:

  • Drums: 3
  • Electric bass/Double bass: 3
  • Piano: 3
  • Guitar: 3
  • Sax: 3
  • Trombone: 3
  • Trumpet: 3
  • Singing: 3
  • Number of credits of the qualification: 60 ECTS
  • Compulsory subjects: 42 ECTS
  • Optional subjects: 6 ECTS
  • External work experience: 3 ECTS
  • Dissertation: 9 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
Contents and methodology

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.

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.


Student selection will be carried out by means of online access tests and through previously sent videotapes.

Registration for access tests:

Registration dates: from 1st to 20th February 2024

Interested persons must complete the registration form and send the following documentation to the Musikene address, or by email to

  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: 5th and 6th March, 2024


1) Performance and improvisation test, vocal or instrumental: At least three works with own improvisations. The repertoire and the formation will be free. The candidate will record a video of maximum 20 minutes (no edition or cuts allowed) and will be sent to Musikene, following the instructions that will be received once the applications have been admitted.

2) Personal interview. The candidates admitted for the tests will answer to the questions received several days before the date of the test. The answers will be videotaped and sent to Musikene following the instructions received for such purpose.

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

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.

Publication of results: 20th – 25th March, 2024

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 2023/2024 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 15th, 2024

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, Andrzej Olejniczak

Jazz Trumpet: Chris Kase

Jazz Trombone Carlos Martín

Jazz Singing: Viktorija Pilatovic

Combo: Gonzalo Tejada, Iñaki Salvador

Section performance:

Rhythmic section: Jo Krause, Joaquín Chacón

Melodic section: Mikel Andueza

Workshop. Guest teachers: Guillermo Klein, Ilja Reingoud

Professional Development: Mª José Cano, Juan Solaguren, Talks by invited professionals.

Recording and post-production techniques: Juanan Ros


External work experience: Alejandro Mingot



Methodology of research: Patri Goyalde, Mario Lerena

Dissertation: PHD teachers


Optional subjects

Alexander Technique: Anne Landa

Inter-cultural dialogue and new audiences: Ana García Urcola, Elix Etxebeste, Gotzone Higuera

Enrolment and scholarships

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.

Exclusive scholarships for Master’s programme students:
  • One “Igartza” scholarship of 3.000 euros: The city of Beasain will grant one scholarship of €3000 to a student registered in the Master’s programme in Performance (Orchestral studies, Music Performance or Jazz-Performance) selected by a panel specifically designed for this purpose. Selection will take place in autumn.
  • YAMAHA scholarship of 2.000 euros: Yamaha will grant one scholarship of €2000 to a student registered in the Musikene Master’s programme in Music Performance or Jazz-Performance selected by a panel specifically designed for this purpose. Selection will take place in autumn.
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.