Bachelor of Music

The Jazz programme of Conservatorium Maastricht has been acclaimed as one of the top degree programmes in the Netherlands and was rated number one within the music sector (source: Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs 2018 (Guide to Dutch Higher Education)). We are extremely proud of this!

Jazz at Conservatorium Maastricht is jazz in the broadest sense of the word: classic jazz, bebop, hot, cool, swing, vocalese, mainstream and all jazz-related styles such as Afro-Cuban, Latin, funk, R&B, fusion and crossover pop.

Jazz is improvisation in any form. Composing, arranging, making original music is an important part of the programme. We challenge you. Get you out of your comfort zone. Spark your imagination and encourage you to develop your own individual sound. That one style that makes you stand out and brings you recognition. That versatile musical idiom you use to set the tone. Playing jazz requires creativity. The ability to see beyond your own boundaries. To let go and then regain control.

You will get to know the world. And the world of jazz

In lessons, but also during special theme days, workshops, projects, and masterclasses by internationally renowned guest lecturers, we explore styles, musicians or bands, rhythms and concepts. Thanks to our central location in Europe, and festivals like the Jazz Night, Cross Currents and our participation in Jazz Maastricht and Het Parcours, you can gain experience at major venues. Playing. Jamming. Improvising to your heart's content. Maastricht venues like Intro In Situ, Theater aan het Vrijthof, AINSI and Muziekgieterij, as well as the cafés, offer countless playing and jamming opportunities on a daily basis.

We will also help you to produce projects, CDs and videos in our professional sound studio. Everything we do is geared towards your future as a musician, band leader, teacher or composer/arranger. You may even end up working in a recording studio or concert agency. Your decision. Your enterprise. The Jazz department has around 120 students, most of whom are foreign. A great network. You will get to know the world. And the world of jazz.

In the Jazz department, we will turn you into a creative, professional and versatile musician. A jazz artist who can put his own unique and artistic personality on the market with great flair. A musician who will eventually make a career for himself as an inspiring player, band leader, composer, arranger, teacher, producer, organiser and/or manager, on a national and international level.


The Bachelor’s programme in Jazz takes four years and consists of three parts: a core curriculum, a specialisation component and free space. Apart from the chosen main subject, the core curriculum of the first two years is the same for all students. In year three, you choose a specialisation and a decide how to use your free space.

Your core curriculum (major) consists of your main subject as well as ensemble playing, ear training, piano lessons, music theory, arranging/composing, studio recording, music history, choir, entrepreneurship, and lessons specifically related to your main subject. The free space (minor) is time used for your own projects, parallel to the main subject. These projects may be aimed at developing, recording & producing music, playing concerts & touring, PR activities, or other projects.

The minor in teaching, with methodology, pedagogical subjects and teacher training, will prepare you for a career in music education. The lessons are scheduled on consecutive days and taught by (visiting) lecturers from the Netherlands and abroad.

Band education

Making music together - is at the core of our curriculum. Bands with a wide variety of styles rehearse on a weekly basis under the supervision of a member of our teaching staff. During the special band project weeks, you will be coached by varying (visiting) lecturers for a week.

Moreover, you can take part in our Big Band, the Jazz Choir and the Conservatorium Maastricht Jazz Ensemble (CMJE). We also organise special projects around themes like Latin music (Mistura de Cores) and, with the Big Band, work with international visiting lecturers like John Clayton or Bert Joris. We invest heavily in interdisciplinary collaborations with e.g. the faculties Communication & Multimedia Design and i-Arts, dance shows and the MAD Faculty in Genk, Belgium, (Morpheus Dreams).

Instrumental & Vocal Studies


The curriculum overview lists the courses that make up the curriculum of the main subject and the number of credits (ECTS) per year. The document Course descriptions contains most of the courses in the Jazz and Classical Bachelor of Music programmes. Not every course is relevant for each student. In the curriculum overview, you can see which courses are part of your curriculum. The courses are listed in alphabetical order. Please read it carefully.

The curriculum consists of Instrumental & Vocal Studies and your Specialisation. Make your choice to find information about your teachers and specific admission requirements. You will find general admission requirements under Apply.