Bachelor

As a first step in the admission procedure, we will consider your recordings and motivation form. Please consult this link regarding the application.

(Video) recordings: Please submit three or more video recordings with a total length of approximately 15-18 minutes. Choose pieces with different rhythmical feels that show your overall musical, artistic and technical level. Make sure to check the additional info and instructions per instrument below.

Upload the video recordings to YouTube or Vimeo. Make a PDF or word document listing the activated links and upload the document in ‘Osiris Aanmeld’.

Motivation form: Please download the form here, answer the questions including the specific questions for the Jazz department and upload the form to ‘Osiris Aanmeld’.

Theory test: Based on the recordings and the motivation form eligible candidates are invited to the theory exam that will take place in spring 2022. Find more info about the theory exam here.

Online-Live Entrance Exam: Eligible candidates that pass the theory test will be invited to the live-online entrance exam that will take place in April 2022. Together with the invitation, you will receive additional instruction on assignments for the live-online entrance exam. The live-online exam also serves to get to know the main subject teachers and ask questions about the programme.

At the beginning of May, you will receive notice if you are offered a study place at the Royal Conservatoire, or have been placed on a waiting list, or have unfortunately not been accepted.

Please contact Susanne Abbuehl, Head of the Jazz department, for questions regarding the programme: s.abbuehl@koncon.nl

Please contact Student Administration if you have technical questions regarding the application and upload of documents.

Please submit the following (video)-recordings:

Two jazz tunes in different rhythmic feels:

    • Medium swing tune, such as a Standard (for example All the Things You Are, It Could Happen to You, Everything I Love, Alone Together or a comparable tune)
    • or a Blues (for example Billie's Bounce, Straight No Chaser, Now's the Time, Some Other Blues, When Will the Blues Leave or a comparable tune)
    • or a Rhythm Change (such as Oleo, Rhythm-a-Ning, Moose the Mooche, Anthropology, Good Bait, CTA, Dexterity, Eternal Triangle, Suspone or a comparable tune)

A tune in one of the following categories:

  • a Ballad (such as Body And Soul, Darn That Dream, But Beautiful, What’s New, You Don't Know What Love Is or a comparable tune)
  • or a Jazzwaltz (such as Someday My Prince Will Come, Alice In Wonderland, Up Jumped Spring, Emily, Footprints, How My Heart Sings, Windows, Sometime Ago or a comparable tune)
  • or a Straight Eighth tune (a Bossa by A.C. Jobim such asTriste, Wave, How Insensitive, Corcovado, Retrato En Branco E Preto, or a tune such as Recordame, 500 Miles High, or a comparable tune)
  • or a Contemporary Jazz tune (by for example Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor).
  • A classical piece (such as a 2-voice Bach Invention, a Czerny/Chopin study or a classical piece by Debussy, Ravel, Brahms, or a comparable piece)
  • A free choice (“Carte Blanche”): A personal composition, arrangement or a piece of free choice.

The free choice is not mandatory, but allows the admission committee to get valuable information about your artistic and musical affinites and ambitions.

Please record the repertoire preferably with live accompaniment. If this is not possible due to current circumstances, please use a playalong (iRealpro, Aebersold playalong, YouTube playalong, or selfmade playalong) for accompaniment.

Please make sure the playalong is heard on your recording.

Please make sure that you are fully visible on the video-recordings, we would namely like to see your hands as you play.

If you are invited to the live-online entrance exam, you will we sent a leadsheet (melody and chords) of a standard during that exam. You will be asked to play the theme and chords (including the chord root) solo at the piano as well as to improvise on the harmonic structure.

Please submit the following (video)-recordings:

  • Three jazz standards, including comping and improvisation. The repertoire has to include swing/Be-Bop and groove tunes and has to consist of different tempi and styles.
  • A free choice (Carte Blanche): A personal composition, arrangement or a piece of free choice. The free choice is not mandatory, but allows the admission committee to get valuable information about your artistic and musical affinites and ambitions.

Please record the repertoire preferably with live accompaniment. If this is not possible due to current circumstances, please use a playalong (iRealpro, Aebersold playalong, YouTube playalong, or selfmade playalong) for accompaniment.

Please make sure the playalong is heard on your recording.

Please make sure that you are fully visible on the video-recordings!

If you are invited to the live-online entrance exam you will be asked to submit additional assignments before the live-online entrance exam.

You will receive all relevant instructions withe the invitation letter.

The assignments will include:

1) Play along with recordings:

a) Play a tune with brushes (choose one of the Stan Getz or Benny Green tunes)

b) Play a tune with sticks (choose another of the Stan Getz or Benny Green tunes)

c) Play a groove tune (choose between Superstition or Cold Sweat)

2) Play one chorus drums comping and at least one chorus drums solo (alone, no accompaniment!)

a) on a Blues form

b) on a Rhythm Change form

3) Play the following exercices of “Wilcoxon’s Rudimental Swing Solos”

a) “Rolling In Rhythm” with sticks, straight and in swing (16th notes shuffled)

b) “Rolling In Rhythm” with brushes in swing (16th notes shuffled)

c) "Three Camps In Paradiddles" with sticks (straight 16th)

Please submit the following (video)-recordings:

  • Three jazz standards, theme and improvisation. At least 1 piece in Swing/Be-Bop, please vary the rhythmic feels and include for example a choice of medium swing, ballad, bossa, jazzwaltz etc.)
  • One technical etude or study including staccato phrasing, legato phrasing and dynamics ( for example Charlier / Maxime Alphonse / Arban).
  • One free choice (“Carte Blanche”): A personal composition, arrangement or a piece of free choice.

The free choice is not mandatory, but allows the admission committee to get valuable information about your artistic and musical affinites and ambitions.

Please record the repertoire preferably with live accompaniment. If this is not possible due to current circumstances, please use a playalong (iRealpro, Aebersold playalong, YouTube playalong, or selfmade playalong) for accompaniment.

Please make sure the playalong is heard on your recording.

Please make sure that you are fully visible on the video-recordings!

Please submit the following (video)-recordings:

Two jazz tunes

A rhythmical piece including vocal (scat) improvisation in a tonality of your choice – choose from these tunes (or choose a comparable piece

  • All the Things You Are
  • I Thought About You
  • Route 66
  • Night & Day
  • Yardbird Suite
  • Wave (medium bossa)
  • No More Blues (medium bossa)
  • Stella By Starlight
  • Twisted
  • Alone Together

    A more lyrical piece in a tonality of your choice - choose from these tunes (or choose a comparable piece)

    • Misty
    • Angel Eyes
    • How Insensitive (slow bossa)
    • Everytime We Say Goodbye
    • You Go To My Head
    • Alice In Wonderland (waltz)
    • A Child Is Born (waltz)
    • Body And Soul
    • You Don’t Know What Love Is
    • ‘Round Midnight

    A vocal etude (for example Vaccai/Sieber) or classical piece (for example from Arie Antiche), or a different choice of a vocal song, for example a folk song (possibly in the candidate’s own mother tongue)

    A free choice (Carte Blanche): A personal composition, arrangement or a piece of free choice. The free choice is not mandatory, but allows the admission committee to get valuable information about your artistic and musical affinites and ambitions.

    Please record the repertoire preferably with live accompaniment. If this is not possible due to current circumstances, please use a playalong (iRealpro, Aebersold playalong, YouTube playalong, or selfmade playalong) for accompaniment.

    Please make sure the playalong is heard on your recording.

    Please make sure that you are fully visible on the video-recordings!

    Please submit the following (video)-recordings:

    • Three jazz standards, theme and improvisation. At least 1 piece in Swing/Be-Bop, please vary the rhythmic feels and include for example a choice of medium swing, ballad, bossa, jazzwaltz etc.)
    • One free choice (“Carte Blanche”): A personal composition, arrangement or a piece of free choice.

    The free choice is not mandatory, but allows the admission committee to get valuable information about your artistic and musical affinites and ambitions.

    Please record the repertoire preferably with live accompaniment. If this is not possible due to current circumstances, please use a playalong (iRealpro, Aebersold playalong, YouTube playalong, or selfmade playalong) for accompaniment.

    Please make sure the playalong is heard on your recording.

    Please make sure that you are fully visible on the video-recordings!

    Master

    As a first step in the admission procedure, we will consider your recordings and motivation form. Please consult this link regarding the application.

    (Video) recordings: Please submit three or more (video) recordings with a total length of approximately 15-18 minutes. Choose pieces with different rhythmical feels that show your overall musical, artistic and technical level. Make sure to check the additional info and instructions per instrument below.

    Upload the (video) recordings to YouTube or Vimeo. Make a PDF or word document listing the activated links and upload the document in ‘Osiris Aanmeld’.

    Motivation form: Please download the form here, answer the questions including the specific questions for the Jazz department and upload the form to ‘Osiris Aanmeld’.

    Online-Live Entrance Exams: Eligible candidates will be invited to the live-online entrance exam that will take place between April 2022. Together with the invitation, you will receive additional instruction on assignments for the live-online entrance exam. The live-online exam also serves to get to know the main subject teachers and ask questions about the programme. For the Masters programme, the written Master Project Plan of candidate will also be discussed during the live-online entrance exam.

    At the beginning of May, you will receive notice if you are offered a study place at the Royal Conservatoire, or have been placed on a waiting list, or have unfortunately not been accepted.

    Please contact Susanne Abbuehl, Head of the Jazz department, for questions regarding the programme: s.abbuehl@koncon.nl

    Please contact Student Administration if you have technical questions regarding the application and upload of documents.

    Please submit the following (video)-recordings:

    • One original (composed by the candidate) composition
    • One Jazz Standard oe Jazz composition written by Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John Taylor, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Wheeler, Thelonious Monk (or a comparable piece)

    You may record one of the pieces as a solo piano piece.

    Please record the repertoire preferably with live accompaniment. If this is not possible due to current circumstances, please use a playalong (iRealpro, Aebersold playalong, YouTube playalong, or selfmade playalong) for accompaniment.

    Please make sure the playalong is heard on your recording.

    Please make sure that you are fully visible on the video-recordings, we would namely like to see your hands as you play.

    If you are invited to the live-online entrance exam, you will we sent a leadsheet (melody and chords) of a standard during that exam. You will be asked to play the theme and chords (including the chord root) solo at the piano as well as to improvise on the harmonic structure.

    Please submit the following (video)-recordings:

    • Three jazz standards, including comping and improvisation. The repertoire has to include swing and groove tunes and has to consist of different tempi and styles.
    • If possible, a recent (video)-recording of your current band/project

    Please record the repertoire preferably with live accompaniment. If this is not possible due to current circumstances, please use a playalong (iRealpro, Aebersold playalong, YouTube playalong, or selfmade playalong) for accompaniment.

    Please make sure the playalong is heard on your recording.

    Please make sure that you are fully visible on the (video)-recordings!

    If you are invited to the live-online entrance exam you will be asked to submit additional assignments before the live-online entrance exam.

    You will receive all relevant instructions withe the invitation letter.

    The assignments will include:

    1) Play along with recordings:

    a) Play a tune with brushes (choose one of the Stan Getz or Benny Green tunes)

    b) Play a tune with sticks (choose another of the Stan Getz or Benny Green tunes)

    c) Play a groove tune (choose between Superstition or Cold Sweat)

    2) Play one chorus drums comping and at least one chorus drums solo (alone, no accompaniment!)

    a) on a Blues form

    b) on a Rhythm Change form

    3) Play an exercice of your choice from “Wilcoxon’s Rudimental Swing Solos”

    Please submit the following (video)-recordings:

    • Three jazz standards, theme and improvisation. The repertoire has to consist of different tempi and styles.
    • A free choice (Carte Blanche): A personal composition, arrangement or a piece of free choice. The free choice is not mandatory, but allows the admission committee to get valuable information about your artistic and musical affinites and ambitions.
    • 2 technical etudes (for example Charlier / Maxime Alphonse / Arban).

    Please record the repertoire preferably with live accompaniment. If this is not possible due to current circumstances, please use a playalong (iRealpro, Aebersold playalong, YouTube playalong, or selfmade playalong) for accompaniment.

    Please make sure the playalong is heard on your recording.

    Please make sure that you are fully visible on the video-recordings!

    Please submit the following (video)-recordings:

    3-4 (Jazz) pieces in different rhythmic feels and styles, for example:

    • a rhythmical song with a vocal (scat) improvisation
    • a ballad
    • an original composition or arrangement by the candidate
    • a piece of free choice

    Please record the repertoire preferably with live accompaniment. If this is not possible due to current circumstances, please use a playalong (iRealpro, Aebersold playalong, YouTube playalong, or selfmade playalong) for accompaniment.

    Please make sure the playalong is heard on your recording.

    Please make sure that you are fully visible on the video-recordings!

    Please submit the following (video)-recordings:

    • Three jazz standards, theme and improvisation. The repertoire has to consist of different tempi and styles.
    • If possible, a recent (video)-recording of your current band/project

    Please record the repertoire preferably with live accompaniment. If this is not possible due to current circumstances, please use a playalong (iRealpro, Aebersold playalong, YouTube playalong, or selfmade playalong) for accompaniment.

    Please make sure the playalong is heard on your recording.

    Please make sure that you are fully visible on the video-recordings!