Mission & Philosophy

I JAM therefore I AM

JAM MUSIC LAB University (JMLU) is an autonomous private music university located in the city of Vienna.

JMLU's unique feature is the specialisation in jazz, popular music and media music. With its unequalled holistic approach and its exclusive range of courses in stylistic fields that reach beyond classical music, the JMLU sees itself as a pioneer in Europe.

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At JAM MUSIC LAB Private University the students and their future employability are the focus of the courses. A top-class, internationally successful team of lecturers and an innovative curriculum setup merge teaching, practical engagement and research together. The students get all the support they need for their aspired goals, with specific attention to their own individual talents. With a view to ensuring that students make a successful start in their prospective careers, they are prepared by means of holistic teaching concepts in musical and artistic practice, pedagogy and music business, specifically the requirements of the current market and the demand in existing occupational fields.

The university also has the inherent understanding of its important role in the facilitation, production and mediation of music in service of the students. The agency JAM MUSIC LAB ARTISTS, located in the university, offers excellent products and services in music production, as well as the artistic creations and educational activities of their best students. Furthermore, the university-internal publisher JAM MUSIC LAB PRESS offers students and teachers alike the opportunity to publish their own artistic and scientific work.

As part of a world and musical landscape that’s constantly changing and evolving, JMLU orientates itself towards an ethos strongly rooted in the following: delivering a communicative and interdisciplinary musical learning experience; engaging with artistic practice, theory and research as an entity; and continually possessing a basic openness and interest in the new.

Individuality, internationality and innovation are always prevalent as central guiding principles in the collaboration of students and teachers. It also means that everyone is afforded the necessary open space to facilitate high-quality and up-to-date developments in artistic practice and theoretical expertise, as well as human and personal development.

JAM MUSIC LAB University, its students and teachers always welcome cultural diversity among students and teachers, which is valued as a general basis vital for further advancement in art, society, economy and science.

There is no reason for anything other than optimism.

John Cage