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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.

Approval Certificate of the Master’s Degree

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: from 8 May to 8 June 2020
ACCESS TESTS: ONLINE, between 15 and 18 june 2020
MATRICULATION: Online.
ACADEMIC CALENDAR: From October 2020 to June 2021
PLACES OFFERED: 24 per academic year

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 2020-2021
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 carried out by means of online access tests and through previously sent videotapes.

Registration for access tests:

Registration dates: from 8 May to 8 June 2020

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: June 15-18, 2020

Structure:

1) Performance and improvisation test, vocal or instrumental: the candidate will make the arrangements of a work chosen among a list of four options that will be published before the dates of the test. The work will be videotaped and sent to Musikene following the instructions the candidates will receive once they have been admitted for the tests.

In that recording candidates will expose what the arrangement is and its structure. Next, they will perform the work in a group (duo, trio…)

Exceptionally and due to the sanitary situation, if performing with a group is not possible, the candidate will perform in absolute solo, with no accompaniment.

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: end of June

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 2019/2020 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, 2020.

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. Guest teachers: Jorge Rossy, Perico Sambeat

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

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 and scholarships
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
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. 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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