Bachelor
Percussion

Choosing the path of classical percussion studies at Conservatorium Maastricht means being part of a class where pillars like professionalism, hard work, solidarity and camaraderie are fundamental.

Based on the department’s vision that in their fundamental way of playing, percussionists should achieve an open sound, mixed with a fluent and balanced technique, you will be given all the tools to become the ideal percussionist or timpanist that orchestras all over the world are looking for!

In addition, you will acquire teaching skills, enabling you to introduce future players to the world of percussion, with all its instruments and colours.

Meet our team

Meet your lecturers

Raymond Curfs

Classical percussion

Born in the Netherlands, Raymond Curfs studied Percussion and Timpani in Maas

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Major Percussion

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Main Subject and Components related to the Main Subject

24

26

31

47

Main Subject Percussion

24

26

31

47

Professional Development

3

3

3

Basic Digital Tools

2

Health and Well-Being

1

Basic Teaching Skills Instrument Specific Methodology

1

Basic Teaching Skills Lectures

1

Studio Recording Preparation

1

Your Art as a Business Basic Course

2

Your Art as a Business Electives

1

Music Theory

25

23

10

Skills Lab

8

8

Creative Lab

8

8

History of Music

4

2

Choir Classical (General)

2

2

Applied Piano Classical

3

3

Elective Theory Modules

10

Ensemble

8

8

8

6

Projects Symphonic Orchestra/Wind Orchestra

4

4

4

4

Chamber Music

2

2

2

2

Wind Band Lessons

2

2

2

Minor

8

7

Free Space

8

7

Before you apply

Admission
requirements

Pre-audition video requirements:

For the pre-audition, the candidate needs to record two video’s that contains:

  • Video 1: A short introduction of him/herself in English: talk about your musical experiences, your motivation to study music, your main subject and why you choose to audition at Conservatorium Maastricht.
  • Video 2: A recording of the audition programme in one take, in fixed camera position without any editing. The candidate’s face and body should be clearly visible. At the start of the video, the candidate announces his/her Zuyd student number and the programme he or she will perform.

The video’s should be uploaded to an online platform such as YouTube.com or Vimeo.com. It is the candidates responsibility to make sure that the video links work.

Audition requirements for a Bachelor audition

Snare Drum
Two etudes of contrasting character, to be chosen from:

  • J. Délécluse - Etudes Pour Petite Caisse (from nr. 11 onwards), Studio M, Douze Etudes
  • M. Peters - Intermediate Snare Drum Studies(from nr. 13 onwards) or Advanced Snare Drum Studies
  • S. Fink - Studies for Snare Drum Vol. 5 (from nr. 10 onwards)

 

Timpani
Two etudes for 3 or 4 timpani of contrasting character, to be chosen from:

  • R. Hochreiner: Etüden für Timpani (from nr. 47 onwards)
  • F. Hinger: Technique for the Virtuoso Timpanist (from etudes for 3 drums)
  • J. Délécluse: Trente Études 2e Cahier
  • J. Délécluse: Vingt Études • N.Woud: Symphonic Studies for Timpani
  • N.Woud: The Timpani Challenge
  • E. Keune: from etude 121 onwards

 

Melody instruments
Performance of one solo piece for marimba or Vibraphone (4 mallets) command of the fundamentals of four-mallet percussion technique according to Holmjgren or L.H. Stevens. command of the fundamentals of vibraphone technique, dampening and pedalling as explained by David Friedman in Vibraphone Technique.