Theory of Music

Students are trained to teach theoretical subjects at conservatories. The course aims to provide students with the necessary and thorough knowledge of all theoretical aspects of jazz, jazz-related styles and their practical applications. Admission normally takes place after the third year of an instrumental or vocal principal study, though there may be exceptions. Regular teachers are Barbara Bleij, Walther Stuhlmacher and Henk Huizinga (arranging).

The course includes as principal subject the items harmony/analysis, ear training ('solfège'), harmony at the piano, arranging, methodology (including jazz 'solfège') and history of jazz.

As additional subject the lessons include classical music theory (harmony/analysis and modal counterpoint) and analysis of twentieth-century music. Writing a thesis which in principle can be published is an important feature of the final examination.

Co-ordinator: Edwin Paarlberg

Admission requirements
The entrance examination focuses especially on:
* affinity with jazz
* knowledge of jazz history
* aptitude towards and proficiency in the specific rhythm and harmony of jazz
* ear perception (harmonic, rhythmic and melodic hearing)* harmony at the piano
* certain knowledge of classical music theory
* readiness to do music-theoretical research

At the moment this master's degree programme is being developed. For more information, please contact Barbara Bleij.


Edwin Paarlberg coordinator
Barbara Bleij analysis, counterpoint, ear-training, methodology
Walther Stuhlmacher harmony at the piano
Henk Huizinga harmony, arranging