The people studying at DJAM have different backgrounds and aims. Some already have classical training and want to develop their skills in jazz, while others have only been playing for half a year or so and have certain ambitions they want to fulfill in music with the instrument they play. Some want to study at a conservatory and choose DJAM as a preparatory training; and there are yet others who choose to study at DJAM on a long-term basis because of its character, atmosphere and quality. There are professional musicians, as well as people for whom music is an (extremely important) pastime. The ages of students range from 16 to 66.