Rythmic instrumental / vocal education

The BMus in the teaching of jazz and popular music is a 3 year, 180 ECTS program. While jazz and improvisation oriented at the core, the program emphasises a variety of non-classical music with a focus on ensemble teaching, pedagogy and psychology. Considerable emphasis is placed on secondary instruments commonly used in this music; guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice and hand percussion. Students also have private lessons and ensemble on their main instrument for all six semester so there are good possibilities for personal growth as performers. Guest teachers visit the program each semester. The goal is to train qualified teachers in the field of jazz and popular music, prepared to meet the varied needs of students in a diverse society. Amongst the subjects studied  are improvisational techniques, ensemble, pedagogy, psychology, ensemble teaching, arranging and conducting.




The aim is for our graduates to be able to teach their main instrument, ensemble and basic theory courses as well as the beginning steps on the most common secondary instruments used in this field; guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, voice and hand percussion.

Programme director of BMus in the teaching of jazz and popular music is sigurdurflosason [at] lhi.is (Sigurður Flosason), professor


Programme: Rythmic instrumental / vocal education
Degree: B.Mus.Ed
Credits: 180 ECTS
Length: 6 semesters – 3 years


Opening of application: January 8th, 2024

Application deadline: April 12th, 2024

Admission results: May, 2024


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Elín Anna Ísaksdóttir, elinanna [at] lhi.is
Sigurður Flosason, siggiflosa [at] lhi.is

From the Programme Director

"The opening of this program in 2018 made it for the first time possible for Icelandic music students to get a university degree in the field of jazz and popular music. This was an important and exciting step for music education in Iceland. We hope to expand the program in the near future to include performance and an even wider range of music."

Sigurður Flosason