Institute 8 - Jazz

KUG Jazz Night am 7. 5. 2014; Foto: KUG/Wenzel

The Bachelor studies of Jazz (instrument/voice), (BA), offer education in artistic key disciplines such as voice, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, guitar, piano, contrabass, and percussion. Altogether, studies take 8 semesters. Students graduate as “Bachelor of Arts” (BA). The bachelor studies of jazz concentrate on the training of an improvised language in a structure-bound framework in the spirit of a jazz-immanent practice of making music. Special importance is given to a communicative-interactive way of playing. Students learn about the most important historical and, in particular, contemporary ways of jazz, and about other jazz-related music styles.


The Master Studies of Jazz (instrument/voice) (MA) are based on the bachelor studies of jazz and aim at consolidating education in the artistic key disciplines offered in the bachelor studies program. In addition, the Master Studies of Jazz Composition and Arrangement (MA), too, are based on the bachelor studies of jazz (instrument/voice) and focus on jazz composition and arrangement.

Altogether, master studies take 4 semesters. Students graduate as “Master of Arts” (MA).

The master studies of jazz include a specification and extension of the artistic work done so far and aims at defining an approach to develop the personality of an artist. Students are encouraged and trained to realize individual works in a highly qualified way and to question and evaluate them in a general socio-cultural context.


Apart from artistic key disciplines, education in bachelor and master studies offers also a wide field of jazz-related compulsory disciplines, the complementary subject of piano jazz, classical jazz/technique, the complementary compulsory courses of flute, clarinet, e-bass, electronic keyboard instruments, percussion instruments and idiophones, and specialized studies. The close connection between practice of music and research in the field of jazz receives special emphasis by the fact that this subject covers systematic, historical and comparative research at the institute.