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I am a jazz major, and I'm going to study abroad next year.
There are two main options:
A trip to Brazil organized by the school
Design my own program; I've been looking at places in Europe, specifically Paris, but I don't know what schools to look at or what kind of jazz programs and faculty they have. Input on any of the above would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
 

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wvtenor said:
I am a jazz major, and I'm going to study abroad next year.
There are two main options:
A trip to Brazil organized by the school
Design my own program; I've been looking at places in Europe, specifically Paris, but I don't know what schools to look at or what kind of jazz programs and faculty they have. Input on any of the above would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
Go to Brazil. You'll learn alot more there than if you went to Europe. Certainly, there is enough difference between Europe and the US for you to learn stuff, but the difference between Brazil and the US is so much more different that you will learn more. I knew some students from Brazil in college and I can tell you their way of living and thinking is much different than in the US. In my limited experience dealing with people from there, I'd say that they have a more communal way of living than Americans. Not only that, but we are talking about a beautiful country where you will have alot of open space to practice.
 

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+1 on Brazil.

Rhythm is where it's at, nowadays....and Brazil has Samba.
 

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Rhythm is where it's at, nowadays....and Brazil has Samba.
Hey man, don't you guys sell us short. We've got polkas and marches. Now that's rhythm. I mean, what more could a guy want than working out on Alte Kameraden and then going out with the boys for a Würst, some beer and a rendezvous with a lass named Brunhilde. :shock:

Seriously, I do not disagree with Brazil but if you are looking for a conservatory level course of jazz study don't overlook the German conservatories in Berlin and Hamburg as well as the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
 

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You wen come Hawaii, we find choke jams.

There's plenty Jawaiian--complete with faux Jamaican accents.:D

On second thought, Hawaii is remote, but not really abroad.
 

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On second thought, Hawaii is remote, but not really abroad.
But a great place to study abroad, nevertheless. Especially at Waikiki in the summer. :twisted:
 

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Thank you for all the responses. Brazil is my first choice right now. However, just so I know all my options (I probably won't have this opportunity again for a long time, if ever) does anyone have some more ideas about Europe? I've heard that the scene is more vibrant there, but why is that exactly; what all is going on over there? Thanks again.
 

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But a great place to study abroad, nevertheless. Especially at Waikiki in the summer. :twisted:
Exactly what my first thoughts were Gary. But why limit yourself to 1?
 

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Carl H. said:
Exactly what my first thoughts were Gary. But why limit yourself to 1?
One at a time. :twisted:
 

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gary said:
One at a time. :twisted:
Must be a western thing - like serial polygamy, as many wives as you care to have, just one at a time.:twisted:
 

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The truism about the vibrant jazz scene in europe is, perhaps, losing some of its truth.

If your interests in studying abroad are musical (and spec. jazz) then avoid Paris... I spent a month there and found the scene to be abysmal. They do have some nice festivals at certain times of the year.

I've heard good things about northern europe, but have no firsthand experience. There are some great schools up there, and likely some great professors. Might be worth checking out.
 
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