Performance of contemporary music and jazz

Bachelor’s Degree in higher artistic music education


Bachelor degree in jazz and contemporary music performance in madrid

Música Creativa prepares versatile performers in the field of jazz and contemporary music and gets them ready to succeed in different contexts and musical styles.

Our Bachelor Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance has been designed using jazz education as the backbone and creative force behind the learning process while keeping the focus on the reality of today´s ever-changing music industry. Our approach addresses key musicianship areas such as group practice, improvisation, ear-training and harmony, arranging and composition while guiding the student in the process of finding and developing their own personal artistic voice as the key to succeeding as a working artist and musician. It also provides them with the technological and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills that every musician needs in order to bridge the gap between being a student and becoming a professional musician.

Practical Information

About Centro Superior Música Creativa

Centro Superior Música Creativa is located in the cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Malasaña, right at the cultural core of Madrid. The capital city of Spain is in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula.

Madrid is the largest Spanish city with more than 3 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. You will find in the city a rich mixture of cultures, since besides the native «madrileños», people from other countries and cultures have made Madrid their hometown. This means that even though the official language is Spanish, in Madrid you can easily get by in other languages, especially in English.


In Madrid most of students live in shared student flats or in individual studio apartments. Música Creativa International office supports incoming students in their search for accommodation by providing them with general tips and sources to find affordable options where short-term contracts are allowed. In addition, our staff will support students with any difficulty they may find both in the accommodation search process as well as dealing with the landlord/owner.

As in any other European big city, the price for renting a flat can vary greatly depending on how and where you want to live. For example, a 1-bedroom apartment/studio in the city centre can cost around 700 € –1,350€, while a room in a shared-flat could range between 300€ and 600€. Also, if you choose a room or a whole flat in a neighbourhood outside the centre, prices may decrease considerably.

City transport

Centro Superior Música Creativa encourages all students to actively contribute to the city´s sustainable development by using eco-friendly transportation methods such as the city electric bike system BICIMAD or the city public transport (metro, bus and fast trains) to move localy.  Taking the «metro» (tube) or the bus can be a wise alternative if you want to move fast and in an inexpensive way across the city. The transport system has 14 metro lines and over 170 buses:

Ticket prices:

  • Single ticket: 1.50 € – 3 € (depending on the city area)
  • 10 tickets card: 12.50 €
  • Monthly pass: 56 €
  • Monthly pass for Youth (26 and Under): 20 €: · Public electric bike rental (BiciMAD): annual plan costs 25 €.


Like any cosmopolitan capital, Madrid has a dynamic cultural agenda that keeps the spirit of the city alive day and night. Incoming students may enjoy many of the activities available in different languages. Here below you can find some examples of common student activities prices:

  • Cinema ticket: 8.50 € (Wednesdays: 4.50 €)
  • Concert ticket: 10 € – 30 € average
  • Theatre play: 10 € – 20 € average
  • Gym Monthly Pass: 20 € average

Health insurance

European Incoming students need to come with the European Health Insurance Card, which is issued free of charge in their home countries. This card allows anyone who is insured by or covered by a statutory social security scheme of the EEA countries and Switzerland to receive medical treatment in Spain for free or at a reduced cost, if that treatment becomes necessary during their visit (for example, due to illness or an accident), or if they have a chronic pre-existing condition which requires care. The terms of validity of the card vary according to the issuing country.

Otherwise, incoming students are expected to arrange their own health insurance covering common illness and accidents while living in Spain.

We strongly recommend our international students to make sure they are well informed about the details of their insurance coverage before travelling.

Should you have any question about any of the points below, please contact our International Office

Language Policy

Música Creativa aims to provide musicians with the necessary tools to face the challenges of the music industry. Today´s musicians need to be able to interact in international environments, express themselves efficiently in different contexts and be able to share their artistic views with agents from different cultures.

Due to the international nature of music itself as a discipline, we believe language training is essential for students to break down cultural barriers. Both English and Spanish as a Second Language are included in all our study programmes as elective courses available for all our students, both domestic and incoming.

Despite the institution´s main instruction language being Spanish, the school organises different activities in English throughout the academic year for students to have access to international music training in other languages (mainly in English):

  • Master classes with invited professors from different international institutions;
  • ´Meet the artist´ sessions (#MTA) with relevant musicians from the international scene;
  • International thematic seminars for teachers and students;
  • Training programmes for teachers.

The school´s teaching and learning methods address students’ language needs, including those whose mother tongue is not Spanish. Many of the terms and concepts used in music education are similar in different languages, which makes understanding and following the lessons accessible even for those without the highest level of Spanish. Nevertheless, our management staff and all our teachers are linguistically trained both in English and Spanish and eager to help students overcome any obstacle caused by language.

However, bearing in mind that the school´s main language of instruction is Spanish, incoming students are requested to come with an intermediate level of Spanish supported by an official certificate equivalent to B1 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). For those students needing to improve their level of Spanish during their stay, Music Creativa offers free elective courses of Spanish as a Second Language equivalent to 2 ECTS (intermediate and upper intermediate level).

For the same reason, home students wishing to participate in mobility programmes abroad are requested to have an intermediate level of the host instruction´s language supported by an official certificate equivalent to B1 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The school offers optative courses of English as a second language applied to Music equivalent to 2 ECTS. In addition, for students needing to improve their level of English before starting their mobility period, Música Creativa offers free courses of English as a second language.

Last but not least, Música Creativa actively encourage its teachers and staff to engage in international mobility programmes in order to enrich their own experience and bring new views to the institution. All teachers interested in participating in international exchanges and activities are requested to have a higher-intermediate level of English supported by an official certificate equivalent to B2 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). For teachers willing to improve their level of English before starting their mobility period, Música Creativa offers free courses of English as a second language. All Música Creativa communications are available both in English and Spanish in the school´s online campus in order to make sure all our international students can understand the dynamics of the school and actively participate in our weekly activities.

Should you be interested in receiving further information about Música Creativa Language Policy, please contact our International Office.

Academic Year Calendar

You can check here all the information regarding our academic calendar of 2020 – 2021

Academic Year Calendar


Música Creativa is an official European Higher Music Education Institution inside the Erasmus Program: See Eche Letter





Main features of our bachelor degree in music composition


4 Academic Years

Number of Credits

240 ECTS (60 ECTS per academic year)

Study Program

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European Higher Education Area

Degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), in all respects equivalent to a university degree

Instrumental specialities

We provide you with the tools to build a powerful portfolio

The programme combines performance studies with rigorous courses in composition, arranging, analysis and history, and has a stylistically open approach: students acquire the interpretive and creative skills associated with jazz, but will be free to pursue their personal style in the music they end up playing.

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Bachelor’s Degree in Higher Artistic Music Education (Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance)


4 academic years

Number of Credits:

240 ECTS (60 créditos per course)


Accordion, Electric Bass, Drums, Singing, Clarinet, Double Bass, Flute, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Cello.


In person (morning hours)

Training in line with the reality of the industry:

Practice — Real stages, big band, professionals specialised in current music, studio recordings

In contact with great national and international artists

With more professional opportunities — music production, composition for film, TV, video games, apps, etc.

Employment-oriented — job placement from day one

With the possibility of scholarships for up to 100%

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Who is the Degree in Music Performance for?

The Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance is aimed at non-conformist performers who want to make professional music their way of life.

You only need to have completed an intermediate level of musical training or demonstrate to us that you have the appropriate level. There are also specific courses available to prepare you for the entrance exams.

Entrance exams

Everything you need to enter the Degree in Composition without any setback


1. Have previous musical education (level equivalent to Professional Studies).

2. Be in possession of any of these qualifications:

  • High School Diploma: If you are going to obtain it in the academic year in which you are taking the entrance exam, you must present the payment receipt issued by the bank, proving that you have paid the fees to obtain your High School Diploma certificate. If you are a foreigner and the degree was obtained outside the European Union, you will need to get it approved to its equivalent in the Spanish educational system. If you need to do this, you can write to to consult the procedure beforehand.
  • Maturity Test for those over 18 years of age:
  • University Entrance Exam for those over 25 years of age

What are the tests like?

The specific entrance exam for Higher Music Education will consist of the following:

  • Two exercises to be performed in two sessions for the Music Performance speciality.
  • Two exercises to be performed in three sessions for the Composition speciality.

The first exercise will be the same for both degrees. The other exercises will be of a practical nature and will be linked to the specialities and instruments.

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Steps for registering

1. Click on the button below to go to the entrance exam page.

2. Remember to download, complete and attach the affidavit to the form

4. Keep an eye on your email; we will contact you as soon as we can.

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Benefits of studying bachelor degree in música creativa

All the educational experience that is offered by Música Creativa is based on two main ideas: stylish versatility to successfully face any project and provide our own artistic identity to be outstanding.

Practical Approach

We provide opportunities for students to practice on stage from the very first day, participating in big band, ensembles and studio recording.

Professional stages, big bands, orchestra, musicians specialized in modern styles, studies in recording etc.

International Conection

Our students are in direct contact with relevant national and international artists.

We facilitate opportunities for students to have direct contact with relevant professionals active in the field of Music through our Meet the Artist sessions;

Developing a Portfolio

We encourage students to develop their personal portfolio in order to improve their professional prospects. In addition, our students have access to the School´s employment agency, which allows them to start building professional links with the (key cultural agents) of the city;

Tech Oriented

We make technology available to the students as an integral part of their learning process, and a results they are able to make the most of the latest technological developments in the music world.

Tech Oriented

We make technology available to the students as an integral part of their learning process, and a results they are able to make the most of the latest technological developments in the music world.

Music Performance teachers

We have a large teaching team of active professionals who contribute their unique added value based on the real experiences of musicians to the learning process

Tomás Merlo

Tomás Merlo

David Sancho

David Sancho

David Durán

David Durán

Ariel Brínguez

Ariel Brínguez

Pedro Cañada

Pedro Cañada

Richie Ferrer

Richie Ferrer

Daniel Pozo

Daniel Pozo

Belén Gómez

Belén Gómez

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