In the two years of the Master’s degree, you will continue to develop your improvisational and technical skills to ensure that your playing level is solid and sufficient for any musical scenario.
Particular attention will be paid to helping you define a personal sound, style and profile. Depending on your level and previous playing experience, the programme will include improvisation techniques such as chordal and scale-based improvisation, chromatic approach, bebop scales, pentatonics, hexatonics, permutation sequential, motivic playing and more.
The programme will also help you to develop a solid, efficient and healthy playing technique, focusing on posture, air, embouchure, fingers, as well as finding a proper saxophone/mouthpiece/reed set-up.
The saxophone-team consists of permanent main-subject teachers as well as guest teachers. You will also have the option of taking lessons with external teachers.
Before you apply
Share your un-edited video recording links in the portfolio. Videos should be uploaded to your YouTube channel ( if you don’t have one, make one). Set your videos to ‘unlisted’ so only you and we can see them. IMPORTANT: DO NOT send the actual video(s): ONLY LINKS to the video(s)
- The candidate presents him/herself in English at the start of the video
- Then show yourself, playing the saxophone for (at least) 10 minutes
- Play Two Real Book Jazz Standards in different styles:
- one ballad
- one medium/up, Latin or swing
- The songs should include chord-progressions (no modal tunes)
- The recording doesn`t need to be studio-quality, an I-phone recording is enough, for example
If you have a video of your Bachelor Final Exam, please share that with us as well as an additional video link.
Depending on your level, you will be invited for an online meeting with the teachers for an online “live” audition.
For the “live” audition, you should be able to play a representative short set (3 pieces), we highly recommend that you do this with your own band! And be ready to do interactive exercises together with the main subject teachers, as well as individual ones, including sight reading and improvising.
The “live” audition should take approximately 20 – 45 minutes.
Finally, after passing the live audition, you will be invited for an interview with the jazz master coordinator to discuss your study and research plans.
The master interview should take approximately 45 – 60 minutes.