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Jazz Music/Classical Music

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Language of education
English (100%)
48 months
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Type of institution
University of Applied Sciences

Program description

At the Prince Claus Conservatoire you will be trained to become a professional musician. The balanced curriculum will offer you an informal setting that is full of character.

You will acquire a sound theoretical basis and develop practical musical skills in the specializations of Classical Music or Jazz. The Prince Claus Conservatoire is involved in large international cooperative projects that attract many international students and guests. For all specializations you will receive instruction from lecturers who, in addition to having extensive teaching experience, also have national or international performance careers.

You will also regularly receive lessons from renowned guest lecturers from all over the world. Everything at the conservatoire revolves around three values: Performing, Teaching, and Entrepreneurship (P-T-E). Graduates of the Prince Claus Conservatoire are well prepared for professional practice and find work easily as, for example, performing musicians (solo, in an ensemble or in an orchestra), music teachers, conductors, composers, producers, studio musicians, etc. Many of our graduates combine a musical career with teaching.

Jazz Music/Classical Music Program Objectives

After completing the program, you will be able to work in a wide variety of musical ensembles. You are equipped to start a career as a musician, performing in various ensembles and in all styles of jazz. You know how to promote yourself and your group, you can compose and arrange music for all kinds of ensembles and orchestras.

Jazz Music Program Outline

Joris Teepe and his colleagues are a faculty of seasoned professional musicians who have played with many of the greatest musicians in jazz. They are part of the rich musical community of New York City, the city that is the centre of the jazz world. This  life experience and commitment directly effects how they teach; the ‘New York comes to Groningen’ program is a more pragmatic, performanceoriented way of studying jazz than what is often taught at other conservatoires. This means that when you enter the conservatoire, you will be performing from the first day. The theory that you study is applied to real playing situations, and in general classes are focussed on making you ready to play jazz on the highest professional level. Piano study, lessons in arranging and compositions all find quick applications in studio projects and student performances.

The jazz degree is a 4 year, fulltime course. Each year is divided into two semesters. You receive a lesson on your main instrument every week, as well as general theory subjects, teaching (pedagogy) subjects, and free choice options. With different subject choices you have the freedom to give more attention to a particular area or to specialise. During the course of your study more theoretical subjects will be completed leaving you more time to focus on your main instrument.

Jazz Main Subjects

Students of the Jazz Music program can select any of the following subjects:

  • electric guitar
  • electric bass
  • acoustic bass
  • piano
  • drums
  • saxophone
  • trumpet
  • trombone
  • vocals

Breakdown of the Jazz Music Program
The first year gives you an orientation to the degree and profession. In the second and third years much attention is placed on the pedagogical subjects, where internal and external work experience projects stand central. The general theory subjects are also completed in these years. Students also receive piano lessons, composition lessons, and take part in studio projects. Your main study instrument runs as a binding thread throughout your study, next to individual lessons, students take part in ensembles (jazz, fusion, Latin, Big Band, and Soul Band). The fourth year is directed primarily towards your main instrument and is completed with a final concert examination. The free choice options during your study can be utilised to broaden your knowledge for the profession or as preparation for a ‘Tweede Fase’ (shortly a Master’s degree).

Classical Music Program Outline

When you choose for a classical music degree, you choose for a profession on your instrument or with your voice. Perhaps you will become and orchestral musician in a large symphony orchestra, or in one of the Dutch military ensembles, or member of a (semi-)professional chamber choir. Many choose for a combination between playing chamber music, instrumental teaching at a music school or setting up a private teaching practice. Occasionally a student becomes a soloist on the international stage. Performing as a musician means you are sometimes away on tour and frequently need to deliver a top performance at night and on weekends whilst others are relaxing. In every case, wherever you may later end up, at the Prince Claus Conservatoire you will be trained to become a versatile, well rounded musician of a high level.

Classical Music Main Subjects

Students of the Classical Music program can choose from the following subjects:

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double bass
  • Flute
  • French horn
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone (tenor and bass)
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba (tenor and bass) 
  • Voice
  • Viola
  • Violin
The subjects offered which are related to the main subject are: duo and ensemble playing (chamber music), playing in string orchestra, brass ensemble or percussion ensemble, Italian for singers, and accompaniment. Next to your weekly main instrument lesson, you will also have the following subjects: choir, aural and solfége, contextual studies, creative writing (composition), practical piano, Introduction to “Finale”, professional orientation, internal and external work experience, specific and general teaching methods (pedagogy). There is also much attention paid within the Classical department to the business side of the profession. Next to the regular subjects, students also have the opportunity to take part in projects and master classes by renowned national and international musicians.

Breakdown of the Classical Music Program

The first year gives you a broad orientation to the degree and your future profession. In the following two years much attention is paid to the pedagogical subjects, amongst which internal and external projects stand central, as well as musical entrepreneurship. The general theoretical subjects are also completed in these two years. In the fourth and final year you can devote yourself completely to the study of your main instrument. The degree is completed with a final presentation which takes the form of a public concert examination.

Jazz Music/Classical Music Related Programs

Besides Jazz Music/Classical Music, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen  offers a range of other Music  programs (in Dutch) such as Music Conducting.

See which programs are related to the Jazz Music/Classical Music program.

Jazz Music/Classical Music Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Jazz Music/Classical Music program will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top Bachelor degree at Hanze University of Appied Sciences Groningen.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Jazz Music/Classical Music program.

About Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, is the largest University of Applied Sciences in the northern part of the Netherlands and is located in the vibrant student city Groningen. Hanze UAS, has a wide variety of Bachelor programmes, Master programmes, certificate programmes, exchange programmes, dual degree programmes, preparatory courses and minors. In addition to its academic programmes, Hanze UAS, has various modern facilities on campus to offer its students. 

The university is also internationally oriented in the sense that it offers various fully-taught programmes in English and works closely together with partner institutes from all over the world. In addition, the university is home to over eighty different nationalities.

More information about Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

Admission requirements

Previous education

General theoretical subjects, practical entrance examination, secondary High School diploma or similar.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6, TOEFL paper based: 550, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 80

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