Junior Jazz Department
Junior Jazz Department Conservatorium Maastricht
- Playing in a jazz band all year long
- Immediate access to a vibrant regional and international Jazz Network
- Musical preparation to an international standard
- Lessons by young top musicians who are active professionals
- Free participation in various jazz projects, workshops and concerts
- Inspiring team environment & personal monitoring
- Education in English
The Junior Jazz Department of Conservatorium Maastricht...
...is one of the finest preliminary courses for Jazz and Contemporary music in The Netherlands. Our jazz building in the centre of Maastricht, in the centre of the Euregion, situates us in a vibrant, fertile and international location for your musical education and development to achieve its full potential.
At the Jazz School, we offer cutting edge lessons with experienced young professionals every Saturday, who will prepare you for the international Bachelor/Master programme in Jazz Music.
In the vast web of ‘Western' musical genres Pop, Rock, RnB, Rap, Soul, Funk, Blues, etc. Jazz is our collective consciousness and our methodical access to all of these styles.
Jazz has many liberties compared to other styles of music. After all, you improvise and create music in the moment. 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.
When you apply, we will arrange an introductory meeting and level screening with one of our teachers to see if you're up to the job.
The Junior Jazz course is build on the three pillars Performance, Theory and Musicology, which includes lessons such as:
Band, Jazz Theory in Context (J-TIC), Jazz Rhythm, A life in music, MusicQuest, Voice Training, etc. supporting the individual development of each student which is monitored in the Main Subject Lessons. The Junior Jazz conservatorium is fundamentally a performance school. Students will spend most of their time playing or singing.
This is the Jazz Performance Ensemble. You study repertoire and prepare for a concert with a coach, working on every aspect of jazz performance imaginable e.g. 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.
The single most salient aspect of jazz music may well be its 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, play poly-rhythmical grooves together, improve your sight reading skills, analyse tunes, etc. Using your arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, head and... voice.
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 the Junior 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 and most personal instrument.
A Life in Music
This course puts your musical performance in a historical and cultural context. We will talk about the origin of jazz throughout the Junior course and broaden your scope on music as culture and the professional field.
Finding ones way through the vast amount of musical styles and enlarging personal preferences is a big challenge for every beginning musician. In this lesson you will find and exchange new ways of searching for unknown music.
This is your individual lesson in which you work in detail on your instrumental skills. 10 sessions of 45 min. integrated in the programme, additional sessions possible (per five).
Saturdays in September up to April, from 10:00 till 15:00 and therefore the course does not clash with secondary school timetables or school holidays. We follow the usual Dutch school holidays.
Admission per September 01st or January 1st.
The Jazz School caters for both secondary school students from the age of around 15 and up and for students who are preparing for the Bachelor's degree programme.
Junior Jazz Tuition Fee 2018/2019:
- approx. 28 week course including: +100 hours of group lessons, personal coaching, participation in workshops & concerts, junior jazz festival, etc.
- 20 individual main subject lessons (45 min.)
- 5 extra lessons possible à 45 min. for €200,-
The Jazz School receives financial support from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences within the framework of talent development.
For all Q&A’s, please contact coordinator Roderik Povel or +316 245 28 758 (weekdays 09:00 – 17:00)
Main Subject teachers
Greg Torunski - Sax
Frank Giebels - Piano
Roderik Povel - Vocals
Ellen Bliek - Voice Training
Jos Heutmekers - J-TIC, composition