The bachelor programme for guitarists provides training in jazz from all periods. Students are encouraged to develop their own style. They can be taught by various principal-study teachers throughout the study and there are opportunities to play in a wide range of ensembles (Latin, fusion etc.).
The teaching staff: Maarten van der Grinten, Martijn van Iterson, Jesse van Ruller, and Durk Hijma. In the past guest teachers have included John Scofield, Mike Stern, Peter Bernstein, Leonardo Amuedo, Jeff Richmond and Eef Albers.
Co-ordinator: Maarten van der Grinten
Candidates from abroad will be selected beforehand by means of a recording of three pieces to be uploaded to the application form by the candidate. At least two of these pieces should be in the jazz idiom; the third one is the candidate's choice. If the candidate's playing on the recording does not match the required level, they will not be invited to the entrance examination.
Please note: candidates will not be admitted solely on the basis of the recording; being invited to the entrance exam does not mean candidates are admitted to the school.
During the entrance examination, the candidate is tested on:
1. Playing skill
a. Repertoire: the committee will choose from three pieces from the standard jazz repertoire prepared by the candidate including one (jazz-) blues theme and at least one jazz standard. The candidate will be expected to play the chosen jazz standard melody single stringed (without the underlying chords).
Each piece must contain theme, improvisation and accompaniment. The candidate will be accompanied by one of the guitar teachers unless he/she has brought own accompaniment.
The committee reserves the right to interrupt the candidate's playing as according to the committee, he/she has supplied enough information (because of the limited time of 30 minutes).
b. Technique: the candidate must show sufficient knowledge of chords and major and minor scales in position. When this is not evident in the chosen repertoire, the candidate may be asked to provide further prove.
The course assumes the use of a plectrum. When the candidate does not use a plectrum, the committee will give special attention to the quality of the single string melody) playing.
2. Hearing, tempo/timing and reading skills
This may consist of:
* repeating by ear a played line
* accompanying by ear a played harmonic progression without having received any indication
* playing of a written melody; after a short preparation, also in position
* playing of a harmonic progression to given chord symbols
The committee supplements the examination with some exercises which must show the candidate's skill which have not been sufficiently disclosed up till then.
The possibilities to follow a principal subject study will be discussed by the committee.
Important issues for the assessment are:
1. musicality, hearing and melodic understanding
2. feeling for rhythm and tempo
3. affinity with jazz
but besides these also
4. harmonic undestanding, reading chords
5. technique, tone quality
6. sight reading
Please submit via the application form links (YouTube, Soundlink etc.) to the following:
* recordings of three or four pieces of a different character featuring the guitar
* a recording of an original composition
* if possible, a video of the bachelor's final exam
On the basis of these materials the committee will assess the candidate's level. If the candidate's level meets the requirements for the master's degree programme, the candidate may be invited to do an audition.
The committee will choose from five pieces; the candidate will receive the requirements along with the invitation to the audition. Required will be at least: one modal piece, one medium two beat piece, one fast bebop-like piece, one Coltrane piece and a rubato ballad for solo guitar. Please note: check the requirements.
The candidate will be accompanied by one of the principal subject teachers. There will be no rhythm section.