The Jazz school Lucerne was founded in 1972 and started with offering courses for amateur musicians. in 1990, a Professional Department was added with a four years study programme which lead to an nationally recognised instrumental/ vocal teacher’s diploma. in the year 1999, the Jazz school Lucerne joined to- gether with the Lucerne conservatory and the Lucerne Academy for school and church Music to form the Lucerne school of Music which became a part of the Lucerne university of Applied sciences and Arts. the professional education then consisted of a 2 years basic programme and a 2 to 3 years main study programme in Jazz Performance, composition/Arrangement and instrumental/ Vocal teaching. in 2005, the Lucerne school of Music introduced bachelor and Master programmes according to the bologna system. Master programmes include Majors and Minors in Jazz Performance, composition, instrumental/Vocal teaching, Music in Education, contemporary Art Performance.
The Jazz Department of the Lucerne school of Music is the largest Jazz Department in switzerland. it counts over 60 teachers, around 70 students in the bachelor programme and 50 in the different Master programmes. Another 40 students are in the pre-college programmes and 50 in the youth courses.
Since 1997, the Jazz Department has ist own Jazz club, the Jazzkantine. it serves as a platform for musical ouput at and around the school. Annualy, over 80 events take place: bachelor and Master project concerts, big band and workshop concerts, concerts with bands of alumni and teachers, Masterclasses...
Since 2003 the Jazz Department has ist own internet radio. 90 percent of the music played is swiss, performed by teachers of the Jazz Department. Special concerts taking place at the Jazzkantine are broadcast live, such as Bachelor and Master project concerts and others.