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Master in Jazz and modern Music Performance


Qualification: Official Master’s degree (accreditation al Boletín Oficial del Estado) //  Calendar: October 2018 - May 2019

Languages: English / Spanish / Catalan // Location: Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona


First Period: from March 1st to May 31th (consult scholarships call; opened only during this period)

Second Period: 
from June 1st to September 10th

Tuition fee: 7.200€

Intended for

The Master Program in Jazz and Modern Music Performance is aimed to graduates with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree from an institution of higher musical education with a specialization in Jazz and Modern Music.


The Master will allow students to develop their own language, based on a deep understanding of the tradition and the most important artists and styles in the history of Jazz and Modern Music, and other styles of improvised music and fusion.

A unique opportunity to be in optimal conditions for accessing the professional practice: performance, recording and other professional activities related to the industry of modern music.

The program includes:

- The refinement of instrumental and/or vocal technique for your area of specialization, to reach the required level of excellence to meet the goals at the end of the studies.

Individual training, through a weekly lesson with the main teacher, as well as group instruction in combos or other formations such as the big band and ensembles. In this module, designed around your specialization, you will exercise your leadership, taking responsibility for selecting repertoire and developing the artistic performance of the works.

- The opportunity to develop a musical specialization and define a unique performance style in order to have access to the best opportunities in the professional world, both for performance and teaching.

- Additional training specifically focused on the study and analysis of harmony and improvisation, with commentary on, and analysis of, representative works and recordings of jazz and modern music.

- Completion of a Final Master's Essay under the direction of specialists that will allow you to define and express your ideas about the repertoire in a coherent manner, developing your ability to communicate the content and the results of the performance project to various audiences, who may or may not have technical knowledge.

- The opportunity to present the work completed during the course in a final concert in the Conservatory’s auditoriums in conditions akin to a professional environment. Frequent auditions and public performances.

- An official Master's degree in higher arts education valid for the entire European Higher Education Area with the professional advantages derived from it.

Attendance to Masterclasses and invited professor lectures and the many concerts and auditions that are regularly held in the various auditoriums of the Conservatory.


At the beginning of the Master's studies, the students will design a performance project that meets the goals of the Master with the assistance of academic advisors. The project, which will be performed in a final concert, should address a specific area of the repertoire, promoting the student's creativity and personal style, selected in accordance with the student's personality and artistic concerns.

The Final Master's Essay will include a written paper explaining the repertoire and the program selected for the final concert and which will discuss the technical, historical, analytical and aesthetic aspects of the works included in the project. The paper must be defended before a jury of professors in the Masters subjects, both for performance and theory.


Instrument / Voice22
Public performances4
Combo /Ensemble5
Big Band / Vocal ensemble / Instrumental ensemble5
Analysis Workshop4
Music Business5
Research methods5
Final Essay10


The subject of Music Business brings together professionals from industry representative, such as journalists, managers, concert promoters, marketing officers and entrepreneurs, offering the student a panorama of the real professional world.

The subject Analysis Seminar consists of the study of harmony, form, and stylistic characteristics of jazz and modern music, by analyzing representative examples in both printed score and sound recordings.

Here you can consult:

pdf-icon-40x40 Master's program Academic Guide - 2017-2018 Academic year.pdf

pdf-icon-40x40 Subjects Program - 2017-2018 Academic year.pdf



DRUMS - Marc Miralta, Ramon Prats, David Xirgu, Gonzalo del Val
DOUBLEBASS - Horacio Fumero, David Mengual, Vic Moliner, Giulia Valle
FLUTE - Gorka Benítez
ELECTRIC GUITAR - Jordi Bonell, Daniel Pérez
PIANO - Albert Bover, Marco Mezquida
PERCUSSION (Vibraphone) - Marc Miralta
SAXOPHONE- Gorka Benítez, Víctor de Diego
TRUMPET- Matthew Simon, Raynald Colom, Bill McHenry
TROMBON - Josep Tutusaus
VIOLIN - Oriol Saña
VOICE - Celeste Alías, Carme Canela

The Liceu Conservatory has a wide team of instrument and voice profesors updating constantly. You can check at the following link other professors you can request for you classes.


Sergi Vergés
Víctor Estapé
Diego Calderón
Benjamin Davies
Jordi Pons


Yaroldi Abreu, percussion
Darla S. Hanley, Music Business
Stefan Karlsson, piano
Chucho Valdés, piano


Every year, the Conservatori del Liceu invites world-renowned artists to teach in Masterclasses and special concerts for the students. Some of the most important guests in the last years have been:

Joan Albert Amargós, Kenny Barron, Bob Belden, Joey Blake, Seamus Blake, Richard Bona, Michael Braam, Gary Burton, Dani De Morón, Chano Domínguez, Dave Doublas, Dave Fiukzynski, Eddie Gomez, Darlay S. Hanley, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, Dave Holland, Ashley Kahn, Stefan Karlsson, Jere Laukannen, Kirk Kovington, Joachim Kühn, Julian Lage, Joe Lovano, Eddie Marshall, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Carlos Martin, Christian McBride, Bill Mc Henry, Pat Metheny, José Nieto, Joshua Redman, Jorge Rossy, Badal Roy, Antonio Serrano, Bobby Shew, Ed Soph, Ben Street, Jacky Terrasson, Mark Turner, Chucho Valdés, Chad Wackerman, y Miguel Zenón.

Conservatori del Liceu

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