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Januar 19th, 2011 von Berg

A project initiated by students in the Jazz Certificate  – after degree Program to re-establish the Department of Jazz Studies (degree program) at the Hochschule fuer Musik and Darstellende Kunst (HfMDK – University of Performing Arts Frankfurt).

The HfMDK has been involved in Jazz Education and until recently had a Jazz Degree Program with Prof. Karl Berger as head of the Department. When Prof. Berger retired  his professorship position was not renewed and since then there has been no actual Jazz Studies Program. The Jazz Department faculty as well as the Department’s infrastructure remains “intact” and the HfMDK is now offering an after – degree certificate program that is a far cry from the previous program. The new program does not offer a degree or recognized certificate of study that would accredit the student with a teaching (pedagogical) or performance degree (Bachelors/Masters) that is the standard in almost all other German Hochshule Jazz Studies programs.

The HfMDK is the only Performing Arts University in the state of Hessen and its lack of a Jazz Program means that all young Jazz Musicians from the state must peruse their education elsewhere. The numbers of these students who audition and leave the state on a yearly basis would be more than sufficient to sustain and justify a Jazz Program at the HfMDK. I know from personal contact with numerous students that they would prefer to remain in the state and study at the HfMDK

The  “Jazz or NO” initiative addresses this situation and is designed to increase awareness and support amongst musicians, students, educators, sponsors and all who understand the importance of this art form. The ultimate goal is to re-establish a Jazz Studies degree program at the HfMDK. All it would take is the  renewal / re-establishment of ONE professorship.

Your support in the form of a “signature” would be a most welcome addition to this effort.

On behalf of the students who took the initiative, the 350 plus signatories thus far, Jazz music and Jazz education, I sincerely thank you for your interest, support and attention to this matter.

Sign: button “Unterschriftenliste” and follow the instructions.

If you need help, please contact: mail(at)jazz-or-no.de

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