Theory and Electives Master Jazz
The theory component of the jazz master’s degree programme consists of a mandatory part and an electives part. In the course of the two years of the master’s degree programme, every student must earn up to a total of (at least) 20 credits in this music theory component. ‘Music Theory’ and ‘Composition - Creative Writing’ are mandatory. Together these courses amount to 10 credits.
For the electives part the student can choose courses from the electives list up to a total of at least 10 credits. Master electives are courses in music history, philosophy, music theory, analysis, arranging and composition. The study load is 5 or 10 credits per course.
Students who wish to do an exchange programme in the first term of the second MA year should have earned at least 10 credits.
Students who wish to do an exchange programme in the second term of the second MA year should have earned at least 15 credits.
Students who have earned extra credits may use those for individual credits.
How to apply
All CvA master students will receive a registration form by e-mail. If you have any questions about the electives, please send an email to Barbara Bleij.
Creative Jazz Writing
The Creative Jazz Writing course will help you to create your own music and will improve your composing skills. Different techniques will be discussed, and assignments will be given. However, your own work will always be the starting point. The lessons are taught individually, and in pairs on occasion.
Advanced Jazz Theory
A course description will follow soon.
Composition, Analysis and Performance
|Nicolas Slonimsky's 'Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns'||Jasper Blom, Frans van der Hoeven|
|Where is that Melody?||Yuri Honing|
|Get on Track - New Tools for Composition and Improvisation||Harmen Fraanje|
Critical Reflection: History, Analysis, Philosophy
|Reading Black Music: Key Texts in African-American Music||Walter van de Leur|
|Jazz in Europe/European Jazz?||Walter van de Leur|
|Thinking Big: Jazz Composition and Performance Beyond the Chorus Form||Patrick Schenkius, Barbara Bleij, others t.b.a.|
|Super Nova: Wayne Shorter, Composer/Improviser||Barbara Bleij|
|Freedom and Improvisation||Joris Roelofs|
|Developing Creativity||Sander van Maas|
Electives of the Classical Department open to jazz students
|Electronic Music||Jorrit Tamminga|
|Moving and Musicking with the Elderly||Jacqueline Koop, Ellen van Hoek|
|Music for an Inclusive Society||Ben Hekkema and guest lecturers|
|Musical Texture||Amit Gur|
|New Methodologies for Music Research||Mimi Mitchell|
|New Perspectives on Music Pedagogy||Reinhard Findenegg, Carolien Hermans and guest lecturers|
|Patterns of Performance: The Neuroscience of Improving Experts||Beorn Nijenhuis|
|Technological Strategies in Composing and Performing||Arnold Marinissen|
|Tuning and Temperament||Jorge Isaac, Rafael Reina|