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BA Improvisation

The bachelor's programme in music specialising in improvisation is offered for all instruments. This programme caters to students wanting to develop their own style of improvising and their own compositions. Reflection on your creativity and your artistic choices is an important element, and you are encouraged to move towards increasingly independent musical expression and creation.

The programme is taught in Swedish.

You will have individual lessons in your main instrument, and great emphasis is on developing your ability to perform with others. The ensemble courses offer a wide field of improvisational music that often transcend genres. We start from a broad interpretation of the concept of jazz – as a language and historical context or as a mind-set, a musical gathering where we are in a state of constant motion and change.

In addition to your primary teacher, you may also receive instruction from teachers with expertise in other areas. With a small number of students admitted to each class (6-10 people), we can focus on the individual students through mentoring and elective courses: To a large extent, you shape your own education. Along the way, you can make changes and choose who you want as a teacher and what you want to focus on. The programme prepares you for a working life as a freelancer and it can prepare you for master’s level studies.

Foto: Stig-Magnus ThorsénFoto: Stig-Magnus Thorsén

Professional areas

The programme is intended to offer preparation for a professional career as a musician specializing in improvised music. In addition the programme is to provide students with the tools needed to enable communication with cultural circles in the surrounding community, knowledge about prevailing conditions in the free-lance sector and contacts in this network.


Major subject (90 higher education credits)
The focus of the programme is to enhance artistic mastery of the solo instrument and each student has great possibilities of influencing the course of their teaching.
An important element consists of ensemble playing: performing with other musicians to enable development of individual musical expression. The degree project (15 higher education credits) is integrated with the major subject.
Solo instrument tuition is offered individually and in an ensemble.

Basic course in music (67.5 higher education credits)
The theory of jazz and rock with individual composition plays a prominent role in the basic course. The history of improvised music in jazz and rock and surveys of improvisation in other forms of music are important elements of the course. Some of the teaching takes the form of project work in which knowledge about and experience of the labour market for improvisation musicians plays a prominent role.
The basic course in music includes courses in musical theory, ear training, artistic development, music and society, ergonomics, future professional roles, learning through music, ethics and aesthetics, multimedia and planning tours.

Personal profile (22.5 higher education credits)
The personal profile element in the programme provides scope for in-depth or wider study of specific subject areas.


Bachelor of Music with specialization in Improvisation Performance, 180 higher education credits.

Eligibility, application, enrolment

The basic eligibility requirements for higher education apply for this course. In addition there is an enrolment test on which selection is based. Contact us for further information.

Contact Information

Thomas Markusson

Programme Supervisor,

0046 31 786 41 18

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

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