Composing & Arranging

In our Bachelor’s programme in Composing, Arranging & Performing (CAP), you will learn composing and arranging techniques, and how to perform your work. You will learn to develop musical concepts and shape your artistic identity. Focusing on jazz, you will find yourself in an open-minded setting where you are free to explore your own musical interests. We intend to prepare you for the world of commissions, finding your own way in music.
You will have both main subject, individual and group lessons. In the CAP group, collaboration is key. At least once a year, you will contribute actively to a joint production with your fellow students, which will give you real-life practice.
Create and prepare your own music: develop that first idea into finished compositions and arrangements, and then get ready to rehearse and perform your own projects! Become a band leader and conductor of (small and big) bands and ensembles of varying sizes, on stage or in the studio.

Meet our team

Meet your lecturers

Wolfgang Braun

Jazz Composing / Arranging / Performing / CAP Modules: Writing for Big Band / Pop, Funk, Fusion / Vocals / "Find Your Own Music" coaching

Wolfgang Braun (born 1967) has studied a vast array of music genres.

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Jesse Passenier

Composing & Arranging / Master Coordinator / Master Research Coach / Fringe Orchestra / Wanted! Composition Lab

Jesse Passenier is a Dutch composer, unifying principles of jazz and classica

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Major Composing & Arranging

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Main Subject and Components related to the Main Subject

34

27

35

46

Main Subject CAP

26

27

31

46

Arranging Jazz

6

Knowledge of Orchestral Instruments

2

Writing for Big Band CAP

3

Studio Recording

1

Band Performing

2

4

4

3

Conducting and Ensemble Leading CAP

2

2

1

Band CAP

2

2

2

2

Reording & Producing

2

2

Capturing and Shaping Sound

2

2

Tools in Creation

17

20

10

3

Aural Skills Jazz

6

6

Choir Jazz (General)

1

2

Theoretical Analysis Jazz

6

6

Piano CAP

3

3

3

3

Rhythmic Solfège Jazz

1

Percussion & Pulse

2

Skills Lab

3

Creative Lab

4

Music History CAP

1

Research & Development Skills

2

2

Critical Listening

2

2

Health & Well-being

Health & Well-being

1

1

Health & Well-being

1

1

International Career Center

2

2

2

2

Your Art as a Business

2

2

2

2

Teaching & Outreach Programme

2

Basic Teaching Skills Lectures

1

Basic Teaching Skills Instrument Specific Methodology

1

Minor

9

6

Elective Modules

9

6

Before you apply

Admission
requirements

Portfolio and Material

Your composing & arranging portfolio and material should be shared with an online download link.

  • A representative selection of your compositions and/or arrangements.
  • Diversity in style (Jazz, Pop, Rock, Crossover etc.) and line-up (i.e. for 2-5 Horns + Rhythm Section, Vocals/Choir, Strings/Woodwinds, Mix of Acoustic Instruments and Electronic/Sequencer/Sounds etc.) is recommended yet not compulsory
  • Scores, Leadsheets and Recordings (mp4) of your selection (pdf, sibelius or xml files)
  • Your resume
  • Motivation letter

 

Please upload the following material on an internet platform (Dropbox, WeTransfer etc.) and send a link and password to: bo.conservatoriummaastricht@zuyd.nl, wolfgang.braun@zuyd.nl and jesse.passenier@zuyd.nl

In case that your material is selected you will get an invitation for an online theory test and if necessary, an online meeting with the main subject teachers.