Become a first-class brass player in the vibrant Euregional city of Maastricht. The three brass teachers at the Jazz Department will train you to become a skilled section player and soloist in a jazz combo setting, big band, trombone ensemble (Jazz & Classical), World Music or contemporary ensemble, by exposing you to a broad musical palette and providing you with the tools to develop your own musical path. Apart from developing solid instrument-specific skills, you will receive practical and theoretical training in improvisation, as this is indispensable in expressing your musical story.
In the Master’s programme, you will focus on: The purpose of the two-year internationally-oriented Master of Music is to deepen your experience, practice and knowledge of jazz and beyond. Our approach focuses on experimentation through practice-based and performance-based research connected to your main subject and your personal and professional goals in music. Building knowledge that will prepare you for life as a musician in today’s society. At the end of each year you will present a portfolio, discussing the various courses you have attended and subjects researched in relation to your studies. Finally, you will present a programme on a professional stage at an external venue. This final exam expresses your artistic identity in an overall concept of presentation, organization and promotion.
Before you apply
Share your un-edited video recording links in the portfolio. Videos should be uploaded to your YouTube channel ( if you don’t have one, make one). Set your videos to ‘unlisted’ so only you and we can see them. IMPORTANT: DO NOT send the actual video(s): ONLY LINKS to the video(s)
- The candidate presents him/herself in English at the start of the video
- Then show yourself, playing the piano for (at least) 10 minutes
- Include Five Real Book Jazz Standards in a variation of styles and tempos, for example:
- Up Tempo Swing
- Include a Classical Trumpet Etude
If you have a video of your Bachelor Final Exam, please share that with us as well as an additional video link.
Depending on your level, you will be invited for an online meeting with the teachers for an online “live” audition.
For the “live” audition, you should be able to play a representative short set (3 pieces), we highly recommend that you do this with your own band! And be ready to do interactive exercises together with the main subject teachers, as well as individual ones, including sight reading and improvising.
The “live” audition should take approximately 20 – 45 minutes.
Finally, after passing the live audition, you will be invited for an interview with the jazz master coordinator to discuss your study and research plans.
The master interview should take approximately 45 – 60 minutes.