20 MINUTES – LICENSED TO PLAY, Jam Session - Barcelona


Graduates in rock and modern music: Licensed to play


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· After decades of struggle, Jam Session school of Barcelona in 2014 became the first licensed facility to issue higher degree of Rock.

· Despite the meager training situation of modern music in Spain, some experts recognize “progress” towards a more professional and open model.

· Students denounce the lack of public education and private prices, prompting them to continue their studies abroad.



Lysergic riff of Black dog (Led Zeppelin) acquire new colors and edges to be dissected in classrooms Jam Session in Barcelona, ​​the only center in Spain with a capacity to issue senior securities (equivalent to the old degree or current level) Rock. A bubbling project which was launched a few months ago and that confuses names-most solemn subjects, matched with imparting the Conservatory, set by “decree law” – but disheveled by the indiscipline of psychedelic organ of Jon Lord (Deep Purple ) and the experimental electronics and primal Jean-Michel Jarre (the race also covers new trends and urban music).

“For a long time only classical music and, more recently, jazz, imparting some conservatories and schools recognized as Esmuc of Barcelona, ​​were regulated by the university. Our students demanded a degree focused on music that really sounds in the street and is playing in his bands, “explains Luis Blanco, director of the Jam Session. In addition to recognition as superior study, the expert highlights the benefits of deepening trends as melting “that governs the current music today, and if you do not study, can end in confusion.” Or placing on the matter of Sonología to electronic music, which, after all, “is the future” and that offers more job opportunities.

“Studying rock allows you to innovate on it,” says Marc Galindo, one of only thirty students who have managed to enter the first year of the title Rock. Because access is “complex” and involves being in possession of professional music degree awarded by the Conservatory or pass an exam proving knowledge. Also, overcome auditions and theoretical evidence and, finally, have a healthy economy (each credit costs between 85 and 125 euros and full race consists of 240 credits).

In Bilbao, where the reference for those who want a degree in contemporary music is Musikene -focused mainly to jazz, MrJam center offers an alternative: the preparation for Rock School, a recognition of music studies from Britain and articulates It works in different European countries. “Spain lags behind Europe, where modern music can study at the public university. Here, the closest are the degree-granting jazz conservatories or private schools as Musikene that have backed the administration,” laments Inigo Corcuera, director MrJam, whose school offers styles like rock, jazz or rap, the latter a race “whose implementation can be complex if done well,” stresses Corcuera.

Despite the educational gap that pushes many students who want to specialize in contemporary music in Spain to study abroad or spend large amounts of money on private schools that do not span the full breadth of existing genres, Corcuera admitted that they are “giving steps “in the right direction with initiatives such as the Jam Session. And that education authorities start showing more favorable to the professionalization of musicians who do not play classical attitude.

But the struggle continues. In that battle is the School of Creative Music in Madrid, which despite its small size is one of the references in the capital (as evidence the fact that last week was chosen by the Cultural Latin Grammy Foundation to host a his masterclass hand of artists Diana Navarro and Carlos Jean). The center provides a separate title whose educational level equivalent to the (average) professional degree of music. Today aims to provide higher education, something for which the Administration demands associated with a university, among other things. In their classrooms, children and elderly studying modern music and jazz with a system, students and officials, described as “motivating” and “very different” from the rigidity that usually governs the Conservatory.

In the same city, the University Alfonso X el Sabio (UAX) marked a small milestone in 2013 when releasing the career of Musical Interpretation of Modern Music in styles such as jazz, pop and flamenco stops, especially, although also it addresses genres like gospel and all kinds of musical instruments. It is the only institution in Spain that teaches this type of study in a full-fledged university (compared to high schools). Your school year is around 9,000 euros.

If the above offers the possibility of obtaining a college degree, the prestigious Berklee School elitist -the American dream of every music student that price and the cradle of musicians like Quincy Jones or Diana Krall- offers since 2011 the possibility of studying graduate courses in Valencia. The producer Javier Limon is coordinating one of its extensions, the Mediterranean Music Institute, which organizes classes and activities around the Mediterranean music for students. Are the differences from other centers? In addition to a very complex testing and outrageous monthly access (as well as an active program of scholarships), a professorship made “by musicians who love their profession and are able to transmit their enthusiasm in their classes,” says Limón. The artist also highlights a far cry from the classical education system prevailing in the conservatories.

“The Spanish education system is bad and music, even worse. The Conservatory is normal that frustrate you and make you hate the music. Whoever holds it as if it happened in Vietnam,” says Lemon, a former student of these centers , who accuses them of being “harmful, have discouraged teachers and follow obsolete and outdated lines” that prevent real learning. “At Berklee people come to master an instrument and really learn,” he explains before highlighting the breadth of resources that center through private donations. Before closing, a final message: “In Spain public education should lead the music teaching Unfortunately, that is not so.”.


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Artists Diana Navarro and Carlos Jean last week staged a masterclass organized by the Cultural Foundation Latin Grammy in the School of Creative Music in Madrid on the employment opportunities of musicians.
Artists Diana Navarro and Carlos Jean last week staged a masterclass organized by the Cultural Foundation Latin Grammy in the School of Creative Music in Madrid on the employment opportunities of musicians. Trademarks are the patrons of the XXI century While Diana Navarro recounted his early thanks to musical competitions, some of which won and opened doors, Carlos Jean stressed the importance of using creativity, “not only to compose or interpret, but to achieve reach people. ” In addition to considering important to use marketing techniques to make themselves known, he highlighted the role of “patron of the century” today by companies and brands in music. “Brands will have an urgent need to reach young people and music is one of those ways. Working with them is not prostituting music,” he said before defending that artistic freedom is safe with those companies which, usually they do not intrude on the musical details and do make the record labels.


In classrooms


Marina Lledó:

Study: piano, music theory and harmony at the School of Creative Music of Madrid.

One sentence: “Those who want to study modern music and have an official title in Spain we have difficult, no public training for us and schools or the University Alfonso X the Wise to give this higher degree, are not available to all pockets I think training is important. Makes a intéprete become musician.”


Manu Mundéjar:

Study: Singing and composition at the School of Creative Music in Madrid.

A phrase. “I was a student of piano at the Conservatory there teach you useful things but do not encourage the development of creativity, rather the opposite I chose my current school because you allow a freer interpretation My dream is to study at Berklee.. . I guess it’s the dream of all. “


Flavio Angelo Guerriero:

Study: guitar and music theory at the School of Creative Music of Madrid.

One sentence: “The training is essential if you want to become a good musician, if the goal is success, maybe what you need is not so much training as luck and other elements In Spain there is a gap in musical education of modern singing.. Schools should pay more attention to marketing. “




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