Jean-Marc Bouyeure was born in 1955 in Nancy, France. He studied classical guitar and cello at the Brabants Conservatorium, Tilburg. As a performer he is mainly interested in Jazz and improvised music. Jean-Marc co-founded the Jazz & Pop Department at ArtEZ and was head of department between 1981 and 1991. He currently holds the position of Music Theory and Research coordinator and is teaching and coaching in several courses in this field as well as teaching improvisation classes for singers, which focus on putting music theory to work in performance practice.