Master
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

45

49

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Main Subject - Classical Instrument

40

44

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Ensemble, including projects

5

5

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Free Space

2

2

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Free Space

2

2

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Personal and Professional Development

2

2

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Personal Development Plan

2

2

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Research Skills

8

7

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Master Project

8

7

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Social Positioning & Communication

3

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Your Art as a Business Basic Course

2

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Your Art as a Business Electives

1

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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 Master audition

Snare Drum

  • B.Lylloff - Arhus Etude nr. 9
  • J.Délécluse - Test-Claire

One etude to be chosen from:

  • J. Délécluse - Douze Etudes, Keiskleiriana
  • M. Peters - Advanced Snare Drum Studies, Hard Times

 

Timpani
 

  • E. Keune - Etude 142
  • E. Carter- Improvisation (from Eight Pieces for four timpani)

One etude for 4 timpani to be chosen from:

  • R. Hochreiner: Etüden für Timpani (from nr. 54 onwards)
  • F. Hinger: Technique for the Virtuoso Timpanist (from etudes for 4 drums)
  • J. Délécluse: Trente Études, 3e Cahier
  • J. Délécluse: Vingt Études
  • N. Woud: Symphonic Studies for Timpani
  • N. Woud: The Timpani Challenge
  • E. Carter: Eight Pieces for four Timpani
  • E. Keune: from etude 136 onwards

 

Melody instruments

  • Sommerfeldt - Musikk for En Slagwerker III (Xylophone)
  • Two movements chosen from the first Cello Suite by J.S. Bach.
  • One solo piece for marimba or vibraphone (4 mallets)