The CvA’s Young Talent department comprises the Sweelinck Academy, the Junior Jazz College, and, as of September 2022, the Young Pop Academy.
The Sweelinck Academy develops talented young musicians through a comprehensive programme that includes instrumental instruction, ensemble performance, music theory, and choral singing. Sweelinck Academy pupils perform at various venues around Amsterdam and regularly win prizes at youth competitions both in the Netherlands and abroad.
Junior Jazz College
Pupils between the ages of 12 and 18 and eager to play jazz and related styles are eligible for admittance to the Junior Jazz College. Junior Jazz College pupils are schooled in ear training, theory and ensemble performance. Special guest teachers also regularly organize themed days. Pupils are encouraged to participate in workshops and clinics often under the direction of top international jazz artists.
Young Pop Academy
The Young Pop Academy is open to vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists and producers between the ages of 12 and 17. The programme focuses on developing creativity, instrumental skills, songwriting and band playing. In addition to lessons by CvA pop teachers, guest teachers from the professional field give clinics.
The Sweelinck Academy, the Junior Jazz College and the Young Pop Academy regularly collaborate in musical projects, allowing the pupils to fully develop into versatile musicians.