The School is seeking to place more emphasis on the creation of music, as compared to the recreation of existing music. As part of this focus, students are encouraged to develop a personal musical language that does not necessarily follow conventional approaches. The programme incorporates various forms of improvisation such as free and tonal improvisation. Furthermore students explore improvisational concepts and playing techniques. They also study the culture and playing styles of non-European improvisational music.
In addition to their main instrumental disciplines, students attend the Improvisation Ensemble course where they work on content from their various areas of expertise.The Improvisation Ensemble course is led by lecturers from different study areas. The focus is on playing in a collective, both in free improvisation and through an exploration of post-mid 20th century concepts and models of experimental jazz and new music.
Students also attend ensemble courses in their main «practical» subject as part of both Jazz and Classical profiles in their «practical» core subject. The remaining modules are identical to the «general» modules of the bachelor of arts degree programme in Music.