Edo Righini Vice-Principal / Director of Jazz & Popular Music
Bram Strijbis Programme Co-ordinator, Study Adviser
The Principal Study
At the CvA, jazz includes all kinds of musical styles - Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, R&B, pop, funk, fusion and crossover are all on offer. The programme allows students ample freedom to discover their own personal interests. Ensemble is an important component - from trios with voice or soloist to special groups devoted to particular principal subjects, Latin and crossover groups, jazz choir and big band.
Internationally acclaimed musicians regularly give workshops, clinics and masterclasses, such as, in 2012, Brad Mehldau and Kurt Elling.
Artists in Residence
The Conservatorium van Amsterdam has developed an outstanding Artist-in-Residence programme consisting of a pool of international musicians who share and enrich the vision of the Jazz Department. Every student will study and interact with internationally acclaimed guests like Terell Stafford, John Clayton, Peter Bernstein, and Alex Sipiagin, in a week filled with clinics, workshops, masterclasses and private lessons. This week will be concluded with a concert given by the Artist in Residence together with the students.
The Cva Jazz Department maintains student exchange programmes with Manhattan School of Music, New York; New England Conservatory, Boston; Frost School of Music, University of Miami; Temple University Philadelphia en State University of New York at Purchase, Central Conservatory of Music Beijing, Escola de Música do Estado de São Paulo and other schools. There are also many exchange possibilities with prominent European institutes.
Music Business & Career
The Music Business & Career programme at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam provides students with the entrepreneurial skills necessary to shape and forward a professional career in music. Students will learn to tap into their own musical identity and learn how to translate their own personal abilities as performers, composers and educators into a successful career in the music industry.
Every week students take classes taught by leading experts, musicians and entrepreneurs from the music field who provide them with the structure, inspiration and tools necessary to set the fundament of a solid future music career. Students design a hands-on project that will be presented at the beginning and at the end of the music business course. During the whole programme students receive weekly feedback on their assignments, reviewing and improving the many skills required to successfully shape, present and promote their music project. Thus the students organically and thoroughly develop the entrepreneurial skills and the motivation needed to successfully launch their career into the present music scene.
A final presentation in a prestigious venue concludes this unique educational journey.
‘I have had the pleasure of being a guest artist and conductor at the Amsterdam Conservatory for years, and have found that the students’ level of performance, interest, dedication, commitment and energy are of the highest order. The Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz Program offers a wholly integrated jazz environment, comprising study, research, and immersing students in the aural jazz tradition and historical musical context and culture. This program is of the utmost importance and relevance in today’s musical world. ‘The Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz Project’ as I call it, is setting a new standard for jazz performance, composition, musical knowledge and understanding in our comtemporary global society.
I highly recommend the Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz program without any reservation.’
Justin DiCioccio, Assistant Dean
Chairman Jazz Arts program
Manhattan School of Music