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Improvised Music & Jazz Department

A broad repertoire and curiosity about new artistic expressions

The department encourages a broad repertoire and curiosity about new artistic expressions. The programme is largely project-based and individually tailored. We want to train independent musicians capable of taking responsibility for their own artistic and creative development. As well as individual coaching on the student’s principal instrument, we also place emphasis on developing craftsmanship. Collective music-making is a key part of the principal instrument tuition.

The teachers in the department are amongst Norway’s leading performers and creative artists in the field of improvisation and jazz, and their musical styles span a wide range. We work with other departments at the academy when we need expertise on instrumental teaching, composition, technology or folk music, for instance.

The environment in the department, with its facilities and ensemble opportunities, is an asset in itself. The opportunities on offer very much resemble those that musicians will encounter in professional life.

Study opportunities

The Norwegian Academy of Music offers programmes in Music Performance and Music Education:

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Håkon Storm-Mathisen

Associate Professor

Jazz Guitar, Jazz-teori

Improvised music

Harpreet Bansal

Harpreet Bansal

Research Fellow

Improvisation, Indian classical music

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Lisa Dillan

Associate Professor

Improvisation

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Ivar Grydeland

Associate Professor

Improvisation

Andrea Marguerite Parkins

Andrea Marguerite Parkins

Research Fellow

Improvisation, Electroacoustic composition

Jazz Bass

Ole Morten Vågan

Ole Morten Vågan

Associate Professor

Jazz Bass

Jazz Guitar

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Jon Eberson

Associate Professor

Jazz Guitar

Markus Lillehaug Johnsen

Markus Lillehaug Johnsen

Instructor

Jazz Guitar

Are Lothe Kolbeinsen

Are Lothe Kolbeinsen

University Lecturer

Jazz Guitar

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Håkon Storm-Mathisen

Associate Professor

Jazz Guitar, Jazz-teori

Aural training (jazz)

Guro Gravem Johansen

Guro Gravem Johansen

Associate Professor

Didactics, Aural Training (jazz)

Jazz Composition and Ensemble

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Geir Lysne

Professor

Jazz Composition, Ensemble

Erlend Fredrik Skomsvoll

Erlend Fredrik Skomsvoll

University Lecturer

Jazz Composition, Ensemble

Jazz Piano

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Eyolf Dale

Associate Professor

Jazz Piano

Helge Lien

Helge Lien

Associate Professor

Jazz Piano

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Morten Qvenild

Forsker

Jazz Piano

Jazz Saxophone

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Morten Halle

Associate Professor, Vice-Principal (Education)

Jazz Saxophone

Atle Nymo

Atle Nymo

Associate Professor

Jazz Saxophone

Jazz Voice

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Sidsel Endresen

Professor

Jazz Vocals

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Live Maria Roggen

Professor

Jazz Vocals

Elin Rosseland

Elin Rosseland

University Lecturer

Jazz Vocals

Solveig Slettahjell

Solveig Slettahjell

University Lecturer

Jazz Vocals

Jazz Drums

Per Oddvar Eide Johansen

Per Oddvar Eide Johansen

University Lecturer

Jazz Drums

Thomas Strønen

Thomas Strønen

Associate Professor

Jazz Drums

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Pål Thowsen

Associate Professor

Jazz Drums

Jazz Trumpet

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Gunnar Halle

University Lecturer

Jazz Trumpet

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