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Raul Sööt

head of the department


The Department of Pop-Jazz Music was first opened in 2006. Pop-jazz music is a field in music education that combines different styles of music, such as rock, blues, funk and jazz, which are not covered in academic music education. Studies in the Department of Pop-Jazz Music thus focus on ensemble playing and are supported by both speciality courses and music theory subjects.

In the Department of Pop-Jazz Music, students have the opportunity to specialise in instruments (piano, percussion instruments, bass guitar, guitar and wind instruments) or singing. Our teachers are recognised as active musicians and experts in their field. Collaboration, creativity and improvisation are the main keywords of the department. We welcome open-minded and creative young people with a musical background who wish to link their future with music. Our objective is to train musicians who are technically skilled, stylistically aware and competitive.

Studies conclude with a vocational and ensemble examination. Graduates of the Department of Pop-Jazz Music receive the fourth qualification level musician profession, which allows them to work as a musician or continue studies at a higher music school. We offer modern learning opportunities in a continuously evolving learning environment.


Students of the pop-jazz music speciality must complete the pop-jazz musician curriculum.


Piret Hendrikson, Head of the Office of Academic Affairs,, phone 744 2405 

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Admissions for the academic year 2024/2025 

  • May 8-16, 2024 (See more), application in the Estonian Study Admission Information System SAIS from March 11 to May 7, 2024  

  • ​June 25, 2024, 11.00-13.00 speciality exam, 15.00 sofeggio tests; application in SAIS from June 1 to 24, 2024 

  • Additional admission on August 26, 2024, 11.00 speciality exam, 13.00 solfeggio tests; application in SAIS from July 1 to August 23, 2024.

To apply you must


1. Submit all the necessary documents

  • Application in the Estonian Study Admission Information System SAIS.

  • A digital document photo that can be uploaded to SAIS or taken on-site on the day of the examination

  • A digitally signed written consent from a parent or guardian if the student candidate is a minor (less than 18 years of age) 

  • If you graduated before 2004 or your educational data is not available in the SAIS environment, please attach to your application a copy of the document certifying your education (certificate and results report) 

2. Perform the speciality examination and solfeggio test

The evaluation criteria of the speciality examination

Pop-Jazz instrumentalist

Technical execution - 25%

Musicality, expressiveness, musical memory - 25%

Sight reading - 25%

Rhythmic accuracy - 25%


Pop-Jazz singing

Technical execution - 25%

Stage presence, expressiveness - 25%

Rhythmic accuracy - 25%

Musicality, musical memory - 25%

Components of the speciality examination and their description



  • Two pieces of different character, one of which is from the list of compulsory pieces set by the department, plus the most common patterns for percussion, or grooves (swing, bossa nova, rock'n roll, funk).

  • Scales with up to four key signatures.

  • Sight-reading (including knowledge of chord symbols).

  • Playing/imitating by ear

  • Interview


  • Perform three different types of songs – one a cappella, one jazz standard and one song of your choice. The a cappella song must be chosen from two songs in Estonian. You must bring your own phonogram/voice recording for all freely chosen songs (for songs chosen by the department, a phonogram will be available on the spot).

  • Sight-reading (including knowledge of chord symbols).

  • Singing/imitation by ear

  • Interview

A passing score on the Solfeggio test is required. Study groups will be formed on the basis of the results.


Pop-Jazz singing

Nature Boy (E. Ahbez)

Angel Eyes (M. Dennis)

But Not For Me (G. Gershwin)

Muinaslugu muusikas (R. Valgre) - a cappella

Must Mees (U. Naissoo) - a cappella

Wind instruments (Aebersold's phonograms/sheet music available) 

Perdido (J. Tizol)

Cantaloupe Island (H. Hancock)

Satin Doll (D. Ellington/B. Strayhorn)

A Foggy Day (G. Gershwin)

Blue Bossa (K. Dorham)



Summertime (G. Gershwin)

Autumn Leaves (J. Kosma)

Blue Bossa (K. Dorham)

Cissy Strut (The Meters)

Chameleon (H. Hancock)

Jessica (The Allman Brothers)


Bass guitar

“Bass Aerobics” (Jon Liebman)

Pieces 1, 12, 14



Garden Party (Mezzoforte)

Smooth Criminal (M. Jackson)

September (Earth, Wind & Fire)



Summertime (G. Gershwin)

Watermelon Man (H. Hancock)

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