The entrance exam consists of a practical and a theory section. 

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 differing pieces from the jazz repertoire with both brushes and sticks, e.g. one standard, one blues, one straight-eight tune (“Give it up or turn it loose” by James Brown 1969), 1 latin tune
  • Technical abilities: two etudes from e.g. John Riley: The art of bop drumming; Charles Wilcoxon: Modern rudimental swing solos
  • Rhythmic abilities: at least one chorus 4 on 4, 8 on 8
  • Improvisation: singing a theme by Charlie Parker, singing of a drum solo
  • Sight reading: reading a drum part from sight
  • General: affinity with jazz, physical aptitude for the instrument, improvisation abilities, musicality, good sense of timing, good rhythmic ear 

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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