At the end of the 1970s the European conservatoires opened their doors to talented young jazz musicians. In The Netherlands, the jazz department at the Royal Conservatoire started in 1979. From the outset there have been great ambitions, and there is a very high level in learning and study. Jazz styles from the past are studied thoroughly in order to prepare the rising jazz professional for the future.
The jazz department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague is far more than just a reliable jazz school. At the end of the afternoons students start to rehearse with their own bands in the combo rooms. Those who have finished with practising go into town to participate in the many jam sessions and performances in the jazz clubs. Some of these establishments are run by ex-students. In this way there is a lively exchange between formal education and the current profession.
Jazz is not only a lively but also a living form of music. Jazz is developing all over the world. In The Hague, Dutch students work together with colleagues from all corners of the world. Everyone brings their own culture, and this means that musical cross-pollination is already happening during the course. After graduating, jazz musicians from The Hague spread out over the whole world. The jazz department of the Royal Conservatoire is more than just an excellent school. As well as learning to play jazz, you will be swept into a worldwide network of musicians who are shaping the jazz of now and the future!
Application and entrance
Coordinator jazz department
Juliana van Stolberglaan 1
2595 CA The Hague
T: +31 70 315 15 15