Global Groove Program
Drums and Percussion in 2020

For centuries, drums, percussion, and rhythm have formed the beating heart of music worldwide. These elements musically connect the continents of Africa, South America, North America, Europe, and Asia. Globalization in the music field illustrates this relationship ever more clearly.

That is why the modern percussionist and drummer needs knowledge, experience, and inspiration in these areas, enabling him to extend his palette beyond jazz and pop. Through the Global Groove Program the Conservatorium van Amsterdam aims at fulfilling this need. Through a varied program students become acquainted with diverse musical traditions and their role in the current music practice, with respect for the singularity and vocabulary of the genres.

The Global Groove Program begins with an introduction to diverse drum and percussion traditions, varying from Latin percussion to tabla, from African to special Orient drums, and their use in contemporary musical situations. You can then choose from a wide variety of  ensembles in order to try out this musical material. In courses for percussion as principal subject you can further immerse yourself in a specific genre. In short, the Global Groove Program offers both a comprehensive program as well as the opportunity to specialize in an area of one’s choice, so that you can develop into a top level drummer/percussionist.

Admission requirements

1. Playing skill
a. The committee will choose from three pieces prepared by the candidate in which the candidate shows the committee, in addition to command of the instrument and a reasonable rhythmic understanding, a distinct musical understanding, preferably in various styles such as Cuban/Brazilian/African.
b. The student is to prove in these pieces that he has mastered sufficient skills on different instruments, played by hand as well as sticks. The committee can ask for this, if necessary.
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).

2. Hearing, tempo/timing and reading skills
This may consist of:
* playing by ear an unknown, simple piece, without any previous information
* singing and playing by ear a sung and played rhythm
* playing of a part of the student?s choice at a given tempo (clicktrack)
* playing à vue of  a written rhythm

The committee supplements the examination with some exercises which must show the candidate's skills which have not been sufficiently disclosed up till then.

3. Assessment
The possibilities to follow a principal subject study will be discussed by the committee. Important issues for the assessment are:
1. musicality, hearing and rhythmic understanding
2. feeling for rhythm and tempo
3. affinity with the instruments and the musical styles that are connected with the instruments

but besides these also:
4. sense of form
5. technique and tone quality
6. reading of rhythms, sight reading

The candidate must submit via the application form three links (YouTube, Soundlink etc). to audio or video recordings of their performances.

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 a practical audition. In this audition, the candidate will play three pieces, including one jazz standard (originality and a high level of improvising are required).

Candidates may bring their own accompaniment. It is also possible to make use of a conservatory trio; if you wish to do so, please state this on the application form.

principal subject
Lucas van Merwijk latin drums, latin percussion
Bart Fermie Brazilian percussion, latin percussion, allround percussion, methodology
Alper Kekec Oriental percussion
Niti Ranjan Biswas tabla and Indian percussion, ensembles
Maguette Gueye African percussion

guest teachers
Aly N’Diaye Rose
Moussé Pathé 
Roberto Quintero 
Luisito Quintero 
Roberto Vizcaino