Intercultural World and Jazz Music, Professional Training Program

The Carpathian Basin is immensely rich in cultural heritage that has a great influence on contemporary Hungarian music. On the grounds of Hungarian Jazz our program aims at offering an immersion into the world of contemporary music  without  genre boundaries  from Medium, Medium-up swing through Ballad, Be-Bop, Jazz waltz, Funk, Fusion, Latin –American and Ethno to the ’cutting edge’ of today’s performers.  Through the integrating power of music, participants will have the chance to acquire experience in playing an amalgam of various styles of jazz and the ethno musicological heritage of the Carpathian-Basin saturated by interesting melodic variations, now by finely transparent, other times by powerful rhythmic patterns. 

The sessions are tutored by the faculty of our Jazz Department, all well known performers with international reputation also active on the stage of Hungarian music.

Although jazz is an international language, there are certain elements that are very much nation-specific and Hungary boasts of those characteristic idioms that enable our jazz performers to enrich the genre with new personality inspired by the cultural environment and inheritance of the Carpathian basin. Thanks to that fact, both contemporary music and ethno-jazz have become an integral part of the Hungarian music scene and hence also play an important role in our department’s activity. Further to that, these are the two genres that render our national values in their most authentic form but at the same time provide an excellent ground for individual creative expression.

During the course of our lecture we aim not only to introduce the participants to a world of music that equally incorporates the specific elements of the music within the Carpathian basin as well as those of the international scene, but also initiate them in the process of creation and composition through creativity and improvisation.


Target audience:


The course is designed to appeal to any musician who has an interest in Jazz and a reasonable ability to play their chosen instrument or sing. We welcome students as well as classically trained musicians, school music teachers, tutors, specialists and performers, who take interest in improvisation, Jazz and/or World music.


2 week professional training program:


Instruments: guitar, piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass-guitar, drums, song

Minimum number of particiapants per instrument:

       for the rhythm section (piano, guitar, drums, bass-guitar) min. 3 members

       for the remaining instruments and song there are no such requirements


From Monday to Friday the participants will undertake 3 daily sessions of 45 minutes each during which they can rehearse their instrument of choice one on one with their tutor. Additionally there are 2 daily classes of 45 minutes for small-band and improvisation sessions and once a week they can participate in an open “jam session”.


Total number of classes:

50 hours of instrument-, band sessions/ 2 weeks


Core (instrument) classes:


The core instrument classes commence with a technical and theoretical evaluation. According to their own individual levels, the participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the different improvisation systems and styles within the genre of jazz but also contemporary music all the while refining their technique, memory and composition skills. They can further refine their abilities during the rhythm and ear training exercises, learn new pieces as well as jazz standards, cover songs and adapt pieces of folk music. Harmonization and re-harmonization, rhythmic exercises and motif developments are also part of the curriculum.


Syllabus – core classes:

1. Introduction, technical and theoretical evaluation, improvisation exercises

2. Overview of improvisation scales

3. Overview of harmonies and harmonization exercises

4. Motif developments, accompaniments

5. Rhythm and ear training exercises

6. Adaptation of folklore songs, jazz standards, re-harmonization

7. Memory exercises

8. Transcripts

9. Individual performance of pieces: Theme- Improvisation - Theme


Small band sessions:

During the small-band sessions, the participants get to experience the joys that come with performing in a group. It is also a great opportunity for ear training and enhancing their abilities required for playing in a group. The interactive background provides excellent grounds for personal development since members can work together on different adaptations and master the principles of free and fixed improvisations in a group setting.


Syllabus Small band sessions

1. Medium, medium-up swing, Ballade, Be-Bop, Jazz waltz, Funk, Fusion, Latin-American, different types of folklore songs, orchestration of the odd meter themes according to the combo composition

2. Designation of instruments according to themes and solo accompaniment

3. Designation of soloists

4. Introduction-theme-solo-quartet-theme-ending

5. Division of melody into phrases and segmentation of the different parts of the theme into instruments, vocals etc.

6. Practicing of the program


Improvisation sessions:

These classes are meant for the overview and study of the many different improvisation systems and scales. The participants can practice the 3 main constituents of improvisation both separately and in a joint manner: the melodic (motivic), the harmonic and rhythmic improvisation. Developing creativity, exercises based on formal and informal aspects further enrich the lessons. The concepts of solo performance is also introduced and practiced. Participants will exercise motif development, construction- and breakdown.



Syllabus - improvisation session

1. Introduction: overview of the different improvisation systems

2. Practicing mixed scales in actual settings, in various tempos and meters

3. Division and practice of accompaniments and solos

4. Improvisation of both free and fixed forms

5. Interaction possibilities within a chamber orchestra

6. Joint adaptation and practice of compositions

7. Development and practice of repertoire


Jam session:

The jam sessions provide excellent grounds for rendering and experiencing laid-back performances. This is an optimal setting for putting the acquired knowledge into practice and experience creative self-expression in a group setting.



Duration of the training: 2 weeks, 50 classes



At the end of training, Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences as an accredited institution for adult education will issue a certificate for each participant.


Training language: English



Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences, 8000 Székesfehérvár, Fürdő u.1.




Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences, 8000 Székesfehérvár, Fürdő u.1.


Number of participants:


Lectures on music:


We provide the participants with the opportunity to take part in the cultural programs below in order to gain valuable practical knowledge and experience regarding the different aspects of the Hungarian culture and civilization.


During two week days there will be 2 lectures in English of 90 minutes each.

These lectures will be held by the members of the academic staff of Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences as well as guest lecturers.


1.      Co-existence of the different cultures in Hungary

2.      The Kodály-system

3.      The relationship of jazz and Hungarian folk music

4.      Hungarian traditions and customs in music

5.      Hungarian composers of the XX century

6.      The main branches and representatives of contemporary Hungarian music

7.      Contemporary music and ethno-jazz in Hungary

8.      The main folk instruments of the Carpathian basin


Total cost of training:

Accommodation will be provided in the guest lecturer apartments of KJU.



Tuition fee:                                                           990 Euro+VAT


What it is included:


Meals:                                                              220 Euro (three times a day)+VAT


double room                                                     180 Euro+VAT

double room with single supplement                    300 Euro+VAT


The offer is valid for the Székesfehérvár campus of Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences and for intervals that fall outside the regular school semesters. Any other arrangement is subject to previous agreement. The cost of meals and accommodation is orientating, the final cost depends on timing and the number of participants.