Conservatorium Maastricht cherishes its talent. Not just the students who choose to pursue a career in music after secondary school, but certainly also younger students who show an exceptional aptitude for music. Boys and girls with perfect pitch, a great sense of rhythm or skilled finger dexterity. These are children who may develop a real talent and who show great promise for the future. We would like to invite those students - and we hope you are one of them - to study with us and take advantage of the individualised lesson programme we will set up together.

In addition to your regular school day, you will receive coaching at Conservatorium Maastricht - in the Classical Music or Jazz department - and have weekly tailor-made music lessons. These include theory and ensemble playing, as well as group and individual lessons from main subject teachers in your instrument of choice. You will be expected to study a lot at home. This is necessary if you want to keep up with this high level. Before you are admitted, you will have to take a test to assess your level.

If you opt for Junior Conservatorium Maastricht - Classical Music, we have great things in store for you. Apart from giving you a great education and plenty of advice, we will take you to concerts, on excursions, concert trips and to competitions. Every step we take together will be tailored to your potential and power for development. With our broad network and wealth of international contacts with conservatoires, music schools and (private) music teachers, we can offer you the best possible education.

So do not hesitate to apply and audition. After your audition we will decide if and how to proceed. Tuition fees depend on the individualised advice and, depending on the teaching package, range from €510 to €1785 per year.

For more information please contact André Seerden.

  • Preparatory Class Classical Music
  • VOCO (preliminary studies; all classical instruments) and Junior Conservatorium (all instruments except piano)
  • Jong Talentenklas Conservatorium Maastricht. For more information, download our brochure.
  • Young Pianists Talent Class (see tuition fees overview)

COME-SEE-FEEL & HEAR JAZZ MUSIC !

Would you like to learn to play, create and improvise music? Apply to the Jazz School of the Junior Conservatorium!

  • Preparatory Class Jazz
  • Junior Jazz (see below)

Have you discovered a love of music and an instrument, and decided to prepare for your future music studies? Conservatorium Maastricht is the right place for you!

Get the very best out of your instrument, make music without rigid frameworks, write your own music and, first and foremost, develop your own sound. At the Jazz School, you will have lessons with top teachers every Saturday. In addition, you will prepare for the entrance exam of our Bachelor's program in jazz.

studying music in all its varieties. Pop, Rock, RnB, Rap, Soul, Funk, Latin, Fusion, Blues, Folk, etc.; they are all linked to eachother in one way or the other. Studying Jazz is the perfect way to understand everything there is to know about these modern musical genres.

Jazz has many liberties compared to other styles of music. After all, you improvise and create! You compose and build a personal sound. This requires a great and thorough knowledge of the structure of jazz music and its building blocks. You will take that structure apart and learn to build it back up to make a musical sculpture of your own.

Lessons

When you apply, we will first arrange an introductory meeting and a (free) trial lesson with one of our teachers to see if you're up to the job.

The course includes lessons such as:

Band, Jazz theory in Context (J-tic), the Origin of Jazz and Voice Training, supporting the individual development of each student: Besides the 29 group lessons you will get 10 individual lessons.

Band
This is the Jazz Performance Ensemble. You study repertoire and prepare for a concert with a coach, working on every aspect of jazz music imaginable; timing & phrasing, form, comping, voicings, improvisation, dynamics, and so on.

Jazz-TIC: Jazz Theory in Context
In this lesson you will be exploring the theoretical structure of Jazz Music in a hands-on way. Discovering the harmonic and melodic “spices” of Jazz and training aural skills are the core elements of this lesson.

Jazz Rhythm
The single most important aspect of jazz music may well be it’s rhythm. In this lesson we will cover the basics of this music, you will learn about the miraculous phenomenon “swing”, you will study frequently used riffs and patterns, improve your sight reading skills, analyse tunes, etc. Using your arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, head and voice!

Voice Training
Whether you are a vocalist or an instrumentalist, singing is the perfect way to experience what music is really about. After all, the voice is the only instrument that is also a body part! In this course you will learn to use your voice to support your musical development. You will practise basic techniques, sing together and gain awareness of harmony, melody, rhythm and dynamics using this wonderful instrument.

The Origin of Jazz
Listening to interesting jazz recordings, watching concerts and discovering which styles are played and where these are from are a fixed part of the lessons.

Excursions and concert attendance are also part of the programme and there are frequent additional masterclasses or workshops that are open to the Jazz School students of the Junior Conservatorium!

Practical information

When
4 periods of 7/8 weeks on Saturdays between 10:00 - 14:00 from September till May, and therefore does not clash with secondary school timetables or school holidays. It is possible to join in later.

Who
The Jazz School is intended for secondary school students from the age of around 14 and up who want to play jazz, and for students who want to take the entrance examination for the Bachelor's degree programme.

The programme strives to cooperate with private and music school teachers, and with secondary education, as much as possible.

Costs
Download the tuition fees for Junior Conservatorium Maastricht in English. The Jazz School receives financial support from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences within the framework of talent development. Ask about the options for extended individual lessons!

Apply
If you want to apply, please contact Roderik Povel for an introductory meeting and a (free) trial lesson with one of our teachers, even if you are unsure whether you are ready to play in a band or have enough basic knowledge of your instrument to apply.

For more information contact:
Roderik Povel
Coordinator Jazz School Conservatorium Maastricht+316 245 28 758

Apply as soon as possible for the start of the course in the next academic schoolyear 2016/2017!

Teaching staff
Tim Daemen- J-TIC/Band
Roderik Povel- Jazz Rhythm, Origin of Jazz
Greg Torunski- J-TIC/Band

Guests
Ellen Bliek - Voice Training
Jos Heutmekers - J-TIC
Marc Huynen - Band

Jazz School Junior Conservatorium Maastricht

  • Musical preparation to an international standard
  • Play in a jazz band every week!
  • Lessons by young top musicians who are active professionals
  • Free participation in various jazz projects, workshops and concerts
  • Inspiring team environment & personal monitoring
  • Depending on the participants, the lessons may also be offered in English!
  • Some scholarships are available for brass players!