Composition / Arranging

The Composition/Arranging programme focuses on writing music for both small and large ensembles. Students will fully develop their musical personalities, so that they can work as arrangers/composers in the widest possible range of fields. To this end, students will follow a varied, practice-oriented curriculum, including subjects such as instrumentation, basic composing skills, counterpoint, harmony at the piano, music history, general theory subjects, Virtual Orchestration and solfège/ear training. 


Johan Plomp coordinator, rehearsal strategies
Rob Horsting
Henk Huizinga   
Miho Hazama regular guest teacher
Walther Stuhlmacher harmony and analysis of Classical music
Barbara Bleij counterpoint
Jelle Verstraten instrumentation

Using the orchestral jazz tradition as a basis, many musical styles will be covered, and students will be encouraged to showcase new developments and trends in their music. For the performance of their compositions and arrangements, they have a wide range of ensembles, choirs and big bands and a well-equipped studio at their disposal. 

In addition to lessons from the regular teachers, students will regularly be taught by guest teachers from home and abroad. Guest teachers in recent years have included Vince Mendoza, John Clayton, Dennis Mackrel, Ken Schaphorst, Tom Trapp, Martin Fondse and Florian Ross.

Coordinator: Johan Plomp