Jazz

Jazz

CONTACTS

Head of Programme: Univ. Prof. Roman Schwaller
Bräunerstraße 5, 3rd floor/Room 3.28, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 512 77 47-450
Mobile: +43 664 606 47 450
E-Mail: r.schwaller(at)muk.ac.at

Vice Head of Programme: Harald Putz
Phone: +43 1 512 77 47-450
Mobile: +43 664 606 47 451
E-Mail: h.putz(at)muk.ac.at

TEACHERS

ZkF & ELV Jazz-Piano
ZkF Jazz-Piano 
ZkF Jazz-Bass, Ensemble
ZkF Jazz-Bass, Ensemble 
ZkF Jazz-Trumpet
ZkF Jazz-Trombone,
Big Band (muk.wien.stageband), Ensemble
ZkF Jazz-Saxophone, Jazz-Arrangement
ZkF Jazz-Saxophone,
ZkF Jazz-Composition & Arrangement
ZkF Jazz-Drums, Ensemble
ZkF Jazz-Drums
ZkF Jazz-Guitar, Ensemble
ZkF Jazz-Singing, Jazz-Chorus,
Vocal-Improvisation
Jazz-Ear-Training, Ensemble
Big Band Ensembles
ELV Jazz-Piano
Big Band (muk.wien.jazzorchestra),
Ensembles, Jazz History

Univ.-Prof. Oliver Kent
Aaron Wonesch
Gerhart Ulrich Langthaler
Harald Putz
Univ.-Prof. Jörg Engels

Univ.-Prof. Johannes Herrlich
Thomas Huber

Univ.-Prof. Andy Middleton
Univ.-Prof. Mario Gonzi
Walter Grassmann
Mag. Claus Spechtl

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Ines Dominik Reiger
Univ.-Prof. Christian Havel
Manfred Holzhacker
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Martin Reiter
Univ.-Prof. Roman Schwaller

MAJOR SUBJECTS

  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Saxophone
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Jazz Singing
  • Composition & Arrangement

The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (former Konservatorium Wien University) was one of the first music universities in Europe to establish a jazz department in 1968. The program focuses primarily on training students to become soloists, with special significance attached to communicative skills for ensemble playing.
In addition to instrumental and vocal training, the department also offers jazz composition and arrangement as a major subject. The broad spectrum of complementary practical and theoretical courses includes seminars and workshops held by internationally renowned jazz soloists. On recital nights and at public concerts students are provided the opportunity to acquire performance experience, thus preparing them for the specific demands of professional life. Musicians from the international jazz scene are regularly invited to perform together with the students.

Instruction in the Jazz study programmes is held in Bräunerstraße 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria.


Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Singing, Composition & Arrangement

Bachelor's Programme
Duration: 8 semesters 
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Minimum age: 17*
Recommended age limit: 24

Non-degree programme
Duration: 2 semesters
No age limit

Master's Programme
Duration: 4 semesters
Degree: Master of Arts
No age limit

Certificate of Performance
Duration: 2 semesters
Degree: Certificate
No age limit


*   Admissibility is based on the applicant’s age. Exceptions may be granted by the Head of Programme.

ADMISSION / ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS BACHELOR'S PROGRAMME

The admission exam is held by a Board of Examiners; applicants will find a professional accompaniment:
Jazz-Bass: Piano & Drums
Jazz-Guitar, Jazz-Saxophone, Jazz-Trumpet, Jazz-Trombone: Piano, Bass & Drums
Jazz-Piano: Bass & Drums
Jazz-Drums: Piano & Bass
Jazz Vocals: Piano in the first round. Piano, Bass & Drums for the second round.

Please note that it is not possible to bring your own band.

The admission exam consists of the following sections:

Jazz Instrumental/Vocal — Bachelor's Programme

Fundamental command of the chosen instrument/ basic vocal abilities

Examination Content for Piano, Guitar, Bass, Saxophone, Trombone and Trumpet
• Playing a prepared etude (jazz or classical) of medium difficulty or playing a transcription
• Preparation of two jazz standards (ternary, no Blues)
• Recital of a jazz-blues piece (without head, improvising directly, in major, any key, 4/4)
• Sight-reading

Examination Content for Jazz Singing
• Preparation of three pieces in various Jazz styles

Examination Content for Drums
• Recital of a Jazz Blues (including drum solo). Tempo minimum 150 BPM
• Preparation of two jazz standards (including drum solo)
• Sight-reading: Swing with comping figures and an easy Big Band arrangement

Knowledge in music theory
Written, general music theory, basic knowledge of jazz theory

Examination in aural skills
Written, rhythm dictation, demonstration of good aural abilities


Jazz Composition & Arrangement — Bachelor's Programme

General and jazz specific knowledge in music theory
• Written example of a composition (bass continuo)
• Transcription of given chord symbols into notes and vice versa
• Example of composition
• Examples of the applicant’s own compositions with audio examples (also midi)
• Presentation of the applicant’s own arrangements for various instrumentations with audio examples (also midi)

Examination in aural skills
• Rhythm dictation, demonstration of good relative pitch

Optional
• Audition on instrument for the proof of jazz improvisatory aptitude


Proof of German language proficiency:
After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). More information can be found on the info sheet "Proficiency in German".


ADMISSION / ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS MASTER'S PROGRAMME

The prerequisites for admission to the master’s programme of Jazz instrumental/vocal is the successful completion of a bachelor’s programme in the respective field of study or an equivalent degree from an accredited postsecondary institution in Austria or abroad, proof of sufficient German language proficiency for candidates whose native language is not German as well as the passing of the admission exam and the availability of a place in the programme.

The admission exam is held by a Board of Examiners. Applicants are to perform with their own band.


The exam consists of the following sections:

Jazz Instrumental/Vocal — Master's Programme

Examination Contents for Piano, Guitar, Bass, Saxophone, Trombone and Trumpet
• Presentation and recital of at least two solo transcriptions (three copies for the jury)
• Recital with the applicant's own band: applicants are to prepare and play a repertoire of 20 pieces in different styles from memory (band members are permitted to use lead sheets)

Examination Content for Drums
• Recital of a notated drum solo (approx. two pages, applicants' own composition or transcription, three copies for the jury)
• Recital with the applicants' own band: applicants are to prepare and play a repertoire of 20 pieces in different styles from memory. Arrangements with drum feature (fours, eights, solo over a chorus)

Examination Content for Jazz Singing
• Preparation of 5 pieces of various jazz styles including improvisation
• Short written statement about their personal involvement with jazz

Examination Content for Jazz Composition & Arrangement
• Examination in aural skills: recognition of five note chords and short chord sequences (diatonic and modal scales)
• Melodic and harmonic analysis of a given melody line with chord symbols
• 5 part notation of a short melody line for brass
• Examples of the applicant's own compositions with audio examples (also midi)
• Presentation of the applicant's own arrangements for various instrumentations with audio examples (also midi)


Proof of German language proficiency:
After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). More information can be found on the info sheet "Proficiency in German".