jazz & pop
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Find your sound
In the jazz/pop study programme, you are given all the attention and space you need for maximum personal development and individual fulfilment. Everything is available for you to work critically and creatively with music. Knowledge of history and traditions is very important, but you should also follow your own imagination to determine your own original musical path.
The core business of the programme is playing music. Every week, you have one hour of individual instrument lessons/vocal lessons. Here you will learn the technical skills you need to express yourself optimally on your instrument. In addition, you learn the idiom of the various jazz or pop styles so that you can move in the traditional and contemporary repertoire. During these lessons, you will develop your own unique voice, your 'sound'. Besides the individual instrument lessons, there are band lessons, where you learn to play together as a group in different styles.
To support instrument practice, there are music theory subjects such as arrangement, harmony, ear training, rhythm class and music technology. These theoretical training components are also largely practice-oriented. For instance, in harmony class you regularly receive composition assignments, in ear training you learn to 'hear with your eyes' and ‘see with your ears’, and you hone your rhythmic skills in rhythm class. We take your musicality to a higher level through piano lessons (Hammond for piano students), and in Body Awareness you learn how to handle your physical body better.
Besides the focus on performing, there is also plenty of room for creative development. You will analyse works by leading artists, learn to arrange songs for varying line-ups in different styles and receive support in writing your own songs.
The interaction between the various courses is very important. In Creative Lab, for instance, jazz, pop and music production students work together on their own work. Cross-pollination, inventiveness and creativity are thus given an extra boost. Working together with music production students also gives them access to state-of-the-art recording equipment and software. Through interdisciplinary projects you also work together with other art departments within KASK & Conservatorium (film, photography, drama,...), one of the unique assets of this programme.
As an academic programme, we also want to teach students a reflective and inquisitive attitude: reflecting on who you are and what you want to be, in a larger social, economic and historical whole, with the necessary general knowledge that will make you an even better musician. Therefore, you will gain insights into jazz and pop history, philosophy, music psychology and sociology, notions of research skills, and write your own Thesis at the end.
Knowledge of the professional field is also an essential component. Subjects such as structure and functioning of the music circuit, and music & management ensure that you gain insight into the professional field and are able to discover and strengthen your own place in the music circuit.
Grab your stage!
KASK & Conservatorium has an extensive artistic operation, complementary to its teaching practice. Club Telex is our meeting place, with concert stage and bar. Here our students hold a weekly jam session and we organise (twice a year during Project Weeks, among others) master classes, workshops and concerts with national and international musicians. To this end, we also regularly collaborate with partners in the field such as Gent Jazz, Jazzlab and Democrazy. Every year, we release a vinyl (Masterworks) with a selection of tracks by our final-year students and we organise Mastersounds, a multi-day graduation festival where our students can immediately show themselves to the outside world at top locations in Ghent such as the Minard and the Handelsbeurs.
Locally anchored, internationally focused
As an education, we don't stay within our city limits. We already did study trips to London and New York, or the Frankfurter Musikmesse. You can also study at a foreign conservatoire for one or two semesters through the Erasmus programme.
In addition, home city Ghent itself is also a great asset. The city received the title Creative City of Music from Unesco and is more than worthy of it. The many venues - VIERNULVIER, Muziekcentrum de Bijloke, Ha Concerts, de Centrale, Democrazy, Hot Club de Gand, Damberd, ...-, festivals such as Gent Jazz and the Gentse Feesten, and hundreds of pop and jazz groups make Ghent the place to be for budding musicians.
Who came before you
The study programme, the teaching staff, all of whom are experienced in the world of pop and jazz, and the numerous stage opportunities we offer, form a golden combination to start your career as a musician. Many high-profile artists and bands preceded you: Absynthe Minded, Shhti, Amatorski, Balthazar, Zimmerman, De Beren Gieren, Nordmann, Nathan Daems (Black Flower), Lady Linn, Isolde Lasoen, Lander Gyselinck and young violence as Dishwasher, Rhea and Ramkot and Oproer, .... Now it's up to you!
KASK & Conservatorium offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts, drama and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike.
The programmes are organized so as to facilitate encounters between Dutch-speaking and English-speaking students in informal contexts, in seminars and courses, and even in artistic projects they start up together. There are no differences in curricula, competencies, learning outcomes or organization between the English-language programmes and their Dutch-language counterparts. English-speaking candidates holding a master’s degree in music can also go in for the advanced master contemporary music or one of our postgraduate programmes.
Don’t hesitate to contact the study and learning track counsellors with your questions.
Study programme, JAZZ
Study programme, POP
If you want to apply for an academic bachelor's, you must first pass an artistic admission test. To enter the master's programme, you will take part in an orientation test. These are organised several times per academic year.
- video: Ties Kalker
- Robbie Lewis, Mastersouds 2023, photo: Giada Cicchetti
- OPROER, Mastersounds 2021, photo: Benia Hu