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The Next Steps

The Next Steps

the latest developments in jazz performance, education and research

⌈ who should attend ⌉

Anyone who takes jazz seriously, who can inform others and wants to be informed by others. Sharing knowledge and experience was at first not common practise in jazz. In the last decades the jazz eco-system has changed. Jazz knowledge has become jazz theory has become jazz research.

⌊ who are the organizers ⌋

Organizers are the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz), ACPA (Academy of Creative and Performing Arts of the University Leiden) and he Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

Jazz, with improvisation and swing as the key elements, needs its own research

Applied Jazz Research

Jazz Performance

Researching jazz performance often means reflecting on your own playing. Researcher and performer are the same person.

Jazz Education

Researching jazz education is reflecting on the peer-to-peer relation between the teacher and the student.

Jazz Research

Research in jazz, influenced by performance and education, as well as influencing performance and education: applied jazz research



Too often jazz research is rigidly following the rules of 'old school musicology' and assumed 'scholarly standards'. Underlying is a blocking fear not to be legitimate, not to be accepted in the academic world.

Applied jazz research wants to avoid these misunderstandings and place research in jazz where it belongs: in direct relation with jazz performance and jazz education.

The 2021 IASJ Jazz Conference brings together those who have been active in developing their own views. The goal is to share new knowledge and experience on a wide variety of topics concerning the world of jazz in order to take the next necessary steps in de development of jazz.


[ IASJ ]

International Association of Schools of Jazz

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