Frequently asked questions: Admission

What are the admission requirements for the preliminary training?
For these requirements you must hold to the requirements for the bachelor's degree programme, which can be found on this site under your principal subject. During the exam it will be taken into account that you wish to do the preliminary training.

For Jazz Voice and Jazz Drums a recording (tape or CD) is required for the preliminary training. What must this recording contain?
This recording must contain at least three different pieces. For more information see the admission requirements which can be found on this site under your principal subject.

For Composition Classical and Jazz there is a pre-selection based on work and a recording. How many arrangements do I have to submit?
You need to submit three different arrangements for the pre-selection.

I already studied at another conservatory, do I still have to do the theory exam?
Candidates who previously obtained a bachelor diploma in music or who finished a bachelor theory programme, need to do an ear training-, harmony- and analysis-theory test. Candidates for the master programme are exempted from this test. In case the master programme candidate is accepted for the bachelor programme, the theory test still needs to be done. 

I don't have anybody to accompany me, who will accompany me during the entrance exams?
Classical candidates will be assigned an accompanist. Before the entrance exams there will be opportunity to go through the pieces with him/her. It is possible to rehearse with this accompanist a few days in advance in return for a fee. For jazz candidates there is a trio (piano, bass and drums) available with which you can rehearse for about 20 to 30 minutes in advance.
Pop candidates must always bring their own band or accompany themselves.

When will I know the results of the entrance exam?
Classical candidates: right after the practical exam the results will be announced, this may be: rejected or admissible (see next questions).
Jazz candidates: right after the practical exam the results will be announced, this may be: rejected, admissible or admitted. If the result is 'admitted', it is assumed that you have passed the theory exam with good results. If you have passed the practical exam but for any reason were not present at the theory exam, the decision will follow after a rescheduled theory exam.

What does 'admissible' mean?
Admissible means that you have passed your theory and practical exam and the admission committee considered you as a possible student for the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Your definite admission depends on the amount of  places available for your principal subject. The management will decide in the second half of June how many new students may be admitted to a principal subject and who will definitely be admitted. The results will be sent in writing.

Is there a waiting list for each subject?
Waiting lists occur when there are more admissible students then there are places available.  At the moment it is difficult to say for which subjects this is the case.

I have stated that I will bring my own accompanist, but I want to make use of the conservatory accompanist, is this possible?
Yes. The consequence is that the entrance exam will take place on a different date. This date may be sooner or later than the one you first received.

If I state my preference for a teacher, may I assume that I will be placed with this teacher?
In principle you will be placed with the teacher of your preference unless there is no place available. In that case you will be placed with a different teacher.

Who may apply for the preliminary training?
Candidates who have not yet reached the required level for admission to the bachelor's degree programme, but are capable of achieving this level within one or two years. Or candidates that already have reached the required level, but are still in secondary education.