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專訪JAM MUSIC LAB University 創辦人Mr. Marcus Ratka
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Could you please briefly introduce JAM MUSIC LAB University to us?
“JAM MUSIC LAB – University for Jazz and Popular Music“ (JMLU) is an autonomous private music university located in the city of Vienna. It is accredited by the Republic of Austria to act in national and international academic contexts. On January 23, 2017, the decision was approved by the Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy. The decision has been in implementation since February 1, 2017.
JMLU’s unique feature is the specialisation in jazz, popular music and media music. Currently, JMLU is the first music university that’s geared towards focusing holistically on jazz, popular music and media music. At its location in Gasometer Music City, JMLU also plays a pioneering role with its bachelor and master’s degrees in music, music education and music production. With Vienna’s already distinguished reputation as a music world capital in the great classical tradition, JMLU strives to extend this prominence in the areas of jazz, rock and pop. JMLU seeks to elevate jazz and popular music to the level of classical in Austria.
JAM MUSIC LAB University offers all studies in a bachelor or master’s degree: Major subjects such as vocals, guitar, bass, drums, violin, music theory, composition, film music, song writing, sound design, and music production for computer games, among many others, can be studied. The styles that you can study range from jazz, pop, rock, blues, R & B, hip hop, alternative, world music to more specialized styles such as heavy metal, electronic music and even more experimental forms in creating music.
The JMLU Campus „Gasometer Music City“ is the centre of an Artists district. The Gasometer Music City Campus also offers:
On-site music student accommodation and cooperations with student residences throughout Vienna
Connection to public transport, in-house underground station
Proximity to the city center
What is the differences between JAM LAB Unviersity and other Music University in Vienna? What makes the Bachelor and Master courses so special in JAM LAB University?
All other Music Universities in Vienna and Austria have their main focus on „classical music“. JAM MUSIC LAB University has it´s main focus on fields of contemporary music styles beyond classical music, and we also set a big focus on the employability of our students: as musicians, music producers, musicologists, music educators and in the fields of music management.
At JMLU the students and their future employability are the focus of the courses. A top-class, internationally successful team of lecturers and an innovative curriculum setup merge teaching, practical engagement and research together.
The students get all the support they need for their aspired goals, with specific attention to their own individual talents. With a view to ensuring that students make a successful start in their prospective careers, they are prepared by means of holistic teaching concepts in musical and artistic practice, pedagogy and music business, specifically the requirements of the current market and the demand in existing occupational fields.
The university also has the inherent understanding of its important role in the facilitation, production and mediation of music in service of the students. The agency JAM MUSIC LAB ARTISTS, located in the university, offers excellent products and services in music production, as well as the artistic creations and educational activities of their best students. Furthermore, the university-internal publisher JAM MUSIC LAB PRESS offers students and teachers alike the opportunity to publish their own artistic and scientific work.
Would there be any entry requirements in Languages or qualification in Music?
The entrance examination is carried out in 3 parts:
Musical Presentation (Audition)
Aptitude Test for Music Theory
As part of the entrance examination, applicants are given a platform through which they can present the extent of your musical abilities and your qualifications in various musical genres. As part of the audition we find it very important to take the opportunity to get to know the applicants as best as possible. As an institute for jazz and popular music, we are particularly interested in recognising the applicant´s individual and stylistic strengths, that will in turn enable them to follow a professional career in music, be it as a performer, teacher, composer or producer.
We invite applicants to present us pieces and styles of music that convey what it is that drives them enthusiasm for music. A sense of diversity and variety is very much welcome and we are always open to inspiration through music from different backgrounds, cultures and genres.
By means of a personal conversation we would like to learn more about the applicant´s motivation in pursuing a professional career in the field of music and about their previous musical experiences and other relevant activities and future goals. We therefore recommend that applicants send us a motivation letter and a CV as part of the application process.
The audition and personal presentation is then followed by a written aptitude test, which deals with the basic principles of musical theory. This test serves as a means of determining your ability in central theoretical subjects such aural training and general music theory.
All courses at JMLU are held in German and English. If an applicant has serious deficits in speaking german or english, we offer intensive language courses, which he has to take in
the first year of his study.
What is the advantages of studying music in Vienna than other countries? Could you please let us know the students life in Vienna?
In 2018 Austria’s capital Vienna once again defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world. Vienna is also one of the most regarded music cities in the world. Especially „classical music“ and the arts in general are a central economic engines for Vienna. Music is one the city’s greatest assets,
music education one of its driving forces. Vienna can build on its traditions. A multitude of stakeholders within Vienna and throughout Austria agree that there is now an opportunity to expand activities beyond classical music: By focusing on jazz and popular music, Vienna can reinforce its reputation as a center and nurturer for world-class art. This beautiful and secure city in the center of Europe boasts a great musical tradition, along with very high living standards and quality of life.
This situation as described above brings a lot of advantages for music students, because in Vienna they are embedded in a very active, and vivid scene of music activities. In Vienna they can be integrated into a larger, world-based ecosystem of organizations dedicated to performance and education.
So therefore, it’s simply one of the most attractive places to live and study music, offering you the ideal requirements for building up a music career.
Reasons to study your music in Vienna:
Advance your musical career in Vienna, the City of Music. Music history has always been written in the imperial capital and will continue to be written here. Become part of it.
Study music in an international setting with leading faculty staff from countries all over the world. Our international faculty is world class and all courses are held in English or German.
Become part of the most talented and ambitious international student body in music education. Study in the Gasometer Music City, Vienna’s new center of excellence for music and music education. More and more students from China and Asia apply with us every year.
Master our rigorous and demanding curriculum and be proud of it! Prove to yourself, your parents and your friends that you’ve mastered a very demanding curriculum in the heart of the European music scene.
Be proud of obtaining a European diploma from Vienna, Austria, the City of Music. Your musical career will be able to advance fast after your studies in Vienna. A music diploma from Vienna shows that you studied with the best.
Make a good investment decision for your time and your tuition. Recoup your investment fast after your studies, strive for a fast track career in music.
Feel well in one of the world’s nicest, safest and most affordable cities. While studying hard, feel safe, enjoy life, and let us help with accommodation, visa issues.
Feel confident by choosing a highly reputed, safe and solid university to advance your career. You will be studying at a university which has many supporters and supporting organisations based in the city of Vienna.
Would there be any performing opportunity for students?
Yes, as described above the music scene in Vienna is very active and offers a lot of places to perform music. They range from some of the most important music halls worldwide, like the „Musikverein”, and the „Konzerthaus“ to a lot of small music clubs which encourage students to present their first musical works.
In particular JMLU offers its students an active interface focused on working in the music business. The university also sees itself as a producer and agent for music, purely in the service of the student body. The university’s own agency, JAM MUSIC LAB Artists, offers excellent products and services in the field of music production, artistic creation and the educational activities of its best students. JAM MUSIC LAB Artists acquires and organizes about 300 events every year, involving the student´s works.
What is the prospects after graduation? Could students work or stay in Vienna after graduation?
Well, a lot of students stay in Vienna a start their career as professional musicians, music producers, music educators and so on.
Of course there is a big competition in the Viennese and Austrian music scene, because some of the best musicians worldwide come to study and finally work here.
But if you´re willing to become really good, work hard and succeed in create individual strength as an overall artist, Vienna offers many opportunities to get a good work. The balance of living costs and living quality is very high, and since Austria is very proud of its history in arts and music, artistic activities are often financially supported by the state and the city government.
Some other students move back to their mother countries after their studies and have the advantage to be able to refer to their diploma and academic degrees from Vienna, the place with one of the highest reputation in worldwide system of music and music education.
The objective of the studies at JAM MUSIC LAB University is to produce graduates who, as musicians and music-makers, have the varied qualifications of the current professional realities in the area of jazz and popular music.
We focus on developing professional craftsmanship, the ability to independently and intuitively develop artistic concepts as well as their skill in performance, production, distribution and music education. Within the framework of music production, specialised professional targets receive particular focus in addition to composition and production techniques of the various fields of applied media music: film music, theatre music, advertising music, audio branding and sound design, as well as music for computer games. Pedagogical expertise, in particular the concepts of methodology and didactics in the fields of jazz and popular music in both theory and practice are featured prominently; the ability to independently develop artistic concepts as well as their performance; expertise in scientific research and reflection of creative processes; and a high degree of social and communicative competence.
What type of students you are looking for this time? What you will value most?
We welcome all musicians who are interested in studying music in Vienna, and who have interests in the music styles of Pop, Rock, Jazz, electronic music, film music, music for computer games and so on. The university is now very happy to have the opportunity to present our study offers in China and give the opportunity for auditions for all interested people. Also the parents of interested students are highly welcome to receive information in personal talks.
Important: it´s absolutely necessary to sign up in advance (!): firstname.lastname@example.org
Our audition dates and venues:
Beijing: Austrian Embassy, July 2nd, 2018
Shanghai: Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, July 4th, 2018
Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, July 6th, 2018
What should I pay attention for the audition? any tips, dress code or preparation recommended?
The auditions are an unique opportunity to sign up for an audition without having to travel to Vienna, Austria. An audition committee including the president, music producer and Grammy Award winner Georg Luksch, and other highly reputed music experts of JAM MUSIC LAB University from Vienna, Austria will be coming to China. It´s a great opportunity to also talk to those jury members; they are very much looking forward to answer all questions which may arise!
There is no special dress code – just take it easy!
But there are some formal criterias which have to be done in the context of the application. You will find all details in the document in the attachment but also
via these links:
englisch information: https://www.jammusiclab.com/sites/default/files/download-files/further-information-for-application-in-english_1.pdf
chinese information: https://www.jammusiclab.com/sites/default/files/download-files/further-information-for-application-in-chinese_0.pdf