Member Profiles

Member Profiles

Information about members of EMMEN.

FNEIJ / MA – Fédération Nationale Des Ecoles d’Influences Jazz et Musiques Actuelles.

The FNEIJMA, a national federation of French music schools, was created in 1989 through the initiative of five prominent jazz schools. From 1992 the federation opened its membership to a series of new schools involved in the teaching of rock music and ‘chanson’. Today, FNEIJMA is composed of some 30 member schools around France representing over 8000 students and 600 full and part-time educators imparting a wide range of teaching practices relating to contemporary popular music. An additional 400 musical artist/teachers regularly contribute to student learning through short residencies and workshops. Covering the fields of amateur and professional training, the members of FNEIJMA are united by a quality charter that defines their commitment, the framework of their missions and the functioning of their structures. Beyond the charter, the schools of the FNEIJMA share a series of common cultural, social and economic principles which constitute the foundation of their teachings.

The principle objectives of FNEIJMA include:

  1. Promotion and structuring of professional training for instrumentalists and singers.
  2. Certification of training via the FNEIJMA national exam board which will mark its 10th anniversary in 2006.
  3. Organisation of professional occupational placements for students through student ensembles and other mixed approaches.

A full list of schools affiliated with FNEIJMA can be found at: Descôtes / Stephan Le Sagère
Tel. 33-4-662-63464 / Fax. 33-4-662-69366.
E-mail: directeur @

Civici Corsi di Jazz – Musica Oggi

Civici Corsi di Jazz- Musica Oggi of Milan, founded and directed by “Associazione Culturale Musica Oggi” is a jazz school of high specialisation and forms a section of “Accademia Internazionale della Musica”, a department of “Scuole Civiche di Milano – Fondazione di Partecipazione”. The program is organised around four years of study, divided in two levels.

Obligatory subjects include: Instrument, Harmony, Theory, History and Music ensemble, plus particular subjects such as Rhythm Section, Recording Technology, Piano and Guitar “comping”.

The school organises six concert groups, the most famous being the Civica Jazz Band. There are currently 160 students studying on the programme which is delivered by a faculty of 24 teachers. The school Director is Mr Enrico Intra and Educational Co-ordinator is Dr. Maurizio Franco. “Musica Oggi Association” is also a concert organisation working in collaboration with “Piccolo Teatro” of Milan and Iseo Jazz in producing the school’s annual jazz festival. Musica Oggi also edits a musicological journal, published yearly and distributed to the major jazz schools and universities around the world. In 2003, the municipality of Milan conferred upon “Musica Oggi the “Ambrogino d’Oro”, the most important honour awarded by the city.Contact:Maurizio Franco
Corso Venezia 7 20121, Milan, Italy.
Tel. 39(0) 2-798-729 / Fax. 39(0) 2-799-796.
E-mail: civijazz @


EJMA,(Ecole de Jazz et Musique Actuelle) located in Lausanne, Switzerland, is a place of studies and of creation. Eight hundred students along with sixty teachers come together at EJMA every week. Although the school organises regular workshops and master classes it is, above all, the informal exchanges between students and teachers which adds real life to the learning experience.

Study at EJMA allows students to follow one of two approaches:

A mode of musical study open to everyone:

Open to students of all ages. Welcomes absolute beginner to the experienced musician desiring to deepen knowledge and consolidate their on-going training. Students have a free choice of materials to study. Perfect for students interested in studying music as a hobby.

A professional programme of study:

A programme open to students who have previously succeeded in their entry examination. These exams assess the theoretical and instrumental knowledge of candidates to the programme. A programme that welcomes students who have decided to pursue a career in the world of jazz or related musical currents. A programme where students follow a weekly course of study comprising more than ten different subject areas. Individual areas of specialisation determine precise programme content. Upon successful completion of the programme students are awarded a diploma.Contact:Philippe Cornaz
Rues des Côtes de Montbenon 26, CP 2644, 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland.
Tel. 41-213-417200 / Fax. 41-213-126720.
E-mail: p.cornaz @

Escuela de Musica Creativa: Madrid, Spain

The “Escuela de Música Creativa” (EMC) is a private music school with premises situated in Madrid’s lively “Malasaña” district. Founded in 1986 primarily as a Jazz school, it has since grown and developed programs covering a broader spectrum of music education; the E.M.C. offers general music education for all ages (including young children) in its basic cycle. This leads to a 3 year, intermediate cycle aimed at future professionals, with a complete range of subjects providing a solid all-round grounding centred on the modern music idiom.

The advanced cycle offers specialisation in one of two main areas:

Performance or arranging and composing, with a variety of accompanying options such as digital sound recording, Flamenco, World music or Music Pedagogy.

Other E.M.C. activities include a productions department, devoted to the organization of musical events, seminars, educational concerts and the recording and promotion of artists connected to the school, teacher training programs, an annual international Jazz seminar in collaboration with a local university and the administration of several municipally owned music schools in and around the metropolitan area of Madrid.

The 2005-6 course sees the opening of two new branches of the E.M.C.and also the celebration of 20 years as the Spanish capital’s foremost modern music school.Contact:Juan San Martin
c/Palma 35, Madrid 28004, Spain.
Tel. 34-91-521-1156.
E-mail: jsmartin @

Taller de Musics: Barcelona, Spain

In the late 1970s the “Taller de Músics” was created in Barcelona, Spain with a mission to collaborate in the development of jazz and modern music in all of its varieties. The achievement of these objectives was carried out fundamentally within the field of teaching- seeking concepts that contributed to the development of innovative approaches and solutions.

From the outset the “Taller de Músics” established a programme which was open, flexible in its capacity to adapt itself to change and based upon the most advanced methods available. Simultaneously, through the years, the “Taller de Músics” has engaged in creating and developing a series of complementary, yet autonomous, activities in the form of seminars, festivals, master classes, etc. Today, the “Taller de Músics” with a student body of over 1000 students and a teaching staff numbering 100 has evolved into a unique international meeting point for both creators and musicians. This meeting point has created an environment which has nurtured a synthesis of musical crossbreeding, establishing the centre as not only a school but as a unique laboratory / observatory from where it is possible to contemplate the musical realities which are the main co-ordinates of music in the 21st century.

“Taller de Músics” has evolved into an organisation which includes a school imparting a program of its own studies as well as a collaborative diploma programme with the “Universitat Politècnica of Catalonia”, a management and productions department, a foundation that organises and administers musical-cultural activities, a record label issuing, amongst other titles, the “Col.lecció del Taller” – a collection comprising the works of a number of highly regarded Spanish composers and a club, the Jazz Si, where daily music is offered.

“Taller de Músics” is a school authorised by the Education Department of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia. It maintains a collaboration agreement with the “Universitat Politècnica of Catalonia” and is a founding and executive member of EMIPAC (Association of Private Schools of Music of Catalonia), EMMEN (European Modern Music Education Network) and IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz).Contact:Lola Huete
c/Requesens 5, Barcelona 08001, Spain.
Tel. 34-93-443-4346 / Fax. 34-93-329-7211.
E-mail: lolahuete @

Jazzstudio: Antwerp, Belgium

“Jazzstudio”, located in Antwerp, Belgium, is a private music school founded some 20 years ago. As a private initiative, “Jazzstudio” has enjoyed the flexibility to develop training programmes which are current, dynamic, adaptable to individual interests, responsive to the rapidly changing musical landscape and highly relevant to the needs of aspiring young professionals.

“Jazzstudio’s” approach to training is twofold. Firstly, it aims to recognise the diversity of interests, expectations and level of experience each individual brings to the practice of music while taking into account any imbalances between theoretical and practical knowledge. In response to an assessment of those factors “Jazzstudio” presents each student with an individualised package of approaches to his or her theoretical and practical learning.

“Jazzstudio” considers the discipline and rigour associated with the study of jazz the ideal vehicle for the all-round development of high standard musical skills. Secondly, “Jazzstudio” recognises the value of bringing musicians together to share and exchange experiences and to network with one another. Indeed, musical knowledge and proficiency are not the only components which contribute to the success of a professional musician. Who you know can be as important as what you know. For that purpose the school acts as a melting pot where the one hundred students who study at the school each year get to see each other on a daily basis. These contacts permit graduates to enter their professions with a ready-made network and make valuable contributions to the development of new and interesting music.

The teaching philosophy at “Jazzstudio” is characterised by an emphasis on solid knowledge of fundamental technical principals and their use in a variety of music applications including composition and a range of performance genres. This approach enables the music enthusiast to deal effectively with the constantly evolving music repertoire. Practical music making at “Jazzstudio” is considered a core value in the growth of young musicians and the school organises regular concerts and jam sessions to support, stimulate and test their development in the context of “real life” professional situations.Contact:Ondine Quackelbeen
De Vreírestraat 17-19, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium.
Tel. 32-3- 248-2468 / Fax. 32-3- 288-6505.
E-mail: ondine.quackelbeen @

Jazz & Rock Schule: Freiburg, Germany

Founded in 1984, the Jazz & Rock School is located in Freiburg, Germany.

The school imparts three specific programs of study including:

  1. The Professional Musician programme (something about the programme and accreditation of studies) currently providing training to some 130 students.
  2. The Community programme which provides music instruction to 620 amateur and part time students.
  3. A further education programme providing special training to music teachers. These programmes are supported and delivered by a faculty of 50 teachers and associated staff members.

Active nationally and internationally, Jazz & Rock School is the only partner school of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in German-speaking Europe. The school has also been active in several other international networks in Europe and around the world. This has lead to a succession of exchange programs that are both artistically interesting and career-oriented. The most recent exchange project, a German-French program called “Europop”, shall bring French and German musicians together, to perform concerts, workshops and a cross border musical exchange culminating in a festival in 2007.Contact:Reinhard Stephan
Haslacher Str. 43, D-79115 Freiburg, Germany.
Tel. 49 (0)761 368889-13 / Fax. 49 (0)761 368889-26.
E-mail: jrs-freiburg @

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA): Liverpool, UK

Opened in 1996, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is dedicated to people who want to enter – and survive – the tough world of arts and entertainment, whether as performers or those who make performance possible. LIPA is dedicated to providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment economy.

There are many different ways of accessing learning at LIPA. These include degrees in Management, Performing Arts (Acting), Performing Arts (Dance), Performing Arts (Music), Music, Sound Technology, Theatre and Performance Design and Technology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Acting. LIPA also offers flexible learning programmes such as the government sponsored training initiative New Deal for Musicians and a community based Saturday school delivering performing arts classes (Music, Dance and Acting) for youngsters from 4 to 19 year old.

LIPA has had students from countries around the world and currently over a third of its 680 degree students come from outside of the United Kingdom, as do several of LIPA’s teaching staff. Thirty different nationalities are currently represented and international students are enrolled across all programmes. LIPA recognises that choosing to study in a foreign country is a daunting prospect and aims to provide students considering applying to LIPA with high levels of information and support. If you have any questions what-so-ever about LIPA’s programmes or, application procedure, or if you would simply like to be sent a copy of LIPA’s prospectus and application form please feel free to contact them at the address below.

Detailed information on all programmes and activities can be found on the LIPA website.Contact:Arthur Bernstein
Mount Street, Liverpool, L1 9HF, United Kingdom.
Tel. 44-151-330-3007 / Fax. 44-151-330-3131.
E-mail: a.bernstein @

Philipos Nakas Conservatory: Athens, Greece

One of the leading musical education establishments in Greece, the Philippos Nakas Conservatory is a place where many musical trends converge: classical music meets jazz and jazz is allied with the world music. Since its foundation in 1969, the Philippos Nakas Conservatory has made an active contribution to raising the level of musical education by constantly improving its syllabus, introducing new methods and using state-of-the-art technology in its study programme.

Modern in its outlook, with outstanding facilities and first-rate equipment, the Conservatory provides its students with the most up-to-date instruments, the latest in electronic sound systems and recording studios furnished with equipment of an international standard.

At the Philippos Nakas Conservatory, a pupil’s musical journey starts at the tender age of four, when notes are learned as words. It is a journey that will end with the creation of mature and accomplished musicians well able to cope with the challenges of the professional arena.

A founder member of the Berklee International Network and associate of the Yamaha Music Foundation and Steinberg, the Philippos Nakas Conservatory has established itself over the past few years as an international centre, encouraging its students to attain the higher echelons in the world of music as soloists, members of ensembles, composers, arrangers and teachers. The Conservatory stages many national and international competitions, festivals and seminars and is responsible for hosting hundreds of concerts and other cultural events every year.

At the Philippos Nakas Conservatory you will gain knowledge and expertise, be creative, team up with other music-makers and acquire a multitude of beautiful memories and unforgettable experiences – but above all, you will learn to love music. Music is a flame that warms the soul and knows no frontiers. At the Philippos Nakas Conservatory, we make it our business to keep that flame alive and enjoy the warmth it offers in all aspects of our lives.Contact:Leonidas Arniakos
41 Hippocratous Street 106 80 Athens, Greece.
Tel. 30-210-363-4000 / Fax. 30-210-360-2827.
E-mail: conservatory @