Study a Bachelor's in Jazz in the Netherlands

Our Jazz Programme ‘New York Comes to Groningen’ is unique in the world for two reasons:

1 Fifteen top New York artists travel to Groningen on a rotating schedule. Each week of the year one of them is teaching Monday through Friday.

2 All students (Bachelor and Master) work with all of the NY-artists, irrespective of the student’s instrument. Courses include theory, ear training, composing, arranging and a wide variety of workshops. In addition, there is ongoing weekly instruction from a world class Dutch faculty. All classes are taught in English.

Programme structure

You start performing publicly from day one. The emphasis is on expanding your stage experience. You will also learn to play the piano in order to understand musical theory better. You will participate in studio projects and you will follow courses in jazz arranging and composition. Your main instrument and the New York faculty classes are the focus throughout your entire study programme.

In addition to your private lessons, you will play in various ensembles. We also organise a trip to New York every year. The didactical subjects and musical entrepreneurship are offered in the second and third year. At the end of the fourth year you will complete your studies with a final concert, displaying the musical vision that you have developed.

We have no limitations in terms of instruments. Basically every instrument is admissible.

Admission requirements

Applicants for programmes at the conservatoire are expected to be familiar with certain materials and skills. Therefore, all applicants must perform at the entrance exams, held in May and June of every year. This exam consists of two parts: a theory or aural test, and an audition. Each part is approximately 30 minutes long and both take place on the same day. The results are most likely to be presented the same day. In special cases it is possible to send in a DVD instead of doing an audition.

Skype audition for non-European students

You also have the possibility to do a DVD audition. Your DVD audition will be followed by a Skype audition. The content of the Skype audition will be based on the DVD. Your admissibility will be based on your two auditions.

Career prospects

Graduates are trained to be professional musicians and are equipped for a musical career, performing in various ensembles, in all styles of jazz. You will know how to promote yourself and your group. You will be able to compose and arrange music for all kinds of ensembles and orchestras. You will start teaching others at a music school or privately. Most graduates are self-employed, pursuing ‘portfolio careers’ that combine performance with teaching.

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
4 years
EU/EEA:€ 2,006 / NON-EU/EEA:€ 7,500
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