The entrance exam consists of a practical and a theoretical part. You will have to be successful in both parts in order to secure a place.

Practical section entrance exam
You should be able to show an affinity with jazz and have a certain amount of historical awareness. After the practical exam there will be an interview in which your musical background and motivation, as filled in on the application form, will be discussed. Additional questions may be asked, about your attitude towards studying, your experience as a player, your musical interests and future perspectives. Much use will be made of the piano during the course, both in the theoretical as well as the practical lessons. Basic knowledge and abilities at the piano are expected of you.

  • Repertoire: three songs from the jazz repertoire of which at least one with own improvisation and one with solo transcription
  • Etudes/performance: one vocalise (e.g. Vaccai, Sieber), one classical performance piece (e.g. Arie Antiche), optionally one performance piece or folksong in the candidate's own language
  • Vocal abilities: major and minor scales over one octave, rising and falling
  • Improvisation/phrasing: one bebop theme, two choruses blues improvisation
  • Rhythm: rhythmic exercises from Bob Stoloff: “Scat”
  • Hearing: repeating phrases by ear, singing over chords
  • General: affinity with jazz, adequate technique, good attitude, healthy voice, improvisation abilities, musicality, good sense of timing, basic abilities in piano playing.

Theory section entrance exam
The theory section consists of:

  • a written hearing test
  • a written test in general music theory
  • an individual practical solfège test

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