Master
Vocal
Studies

Doing Jazz Vocals at Conservatorium Maastricht means you choose to spend an intensive period developing your individual talent. You will develop as a musician, working together in a band, combo or choir, or in close harmony projects.
The supporting curriculum aids this development and gradually adds challenges: writing charts, solo transcriptions, scat-singing/improvising, writing your own songs/lyrics/compositions, forming your own band/ensemble, leading a band, performing live in exams, jam-sessions, gigs, and more.
The combination of individual attention, an international group of students, and a curriculum with substance will inspire you to achieve your full potential. Our diverse team of vocal teachers will enable you to choose and develop your own path in creating and performing music, working on any of the countless ways to develop your voice; range, dynamics, sound, belting, blending the registers, posture, breathing, grounding, resonance, diction, interpretation, and carrying and delivering a tune.

The Master’s programme will allow you to focus on researching and deepening your knowledge of specific areas that are of particular interest to you , which you will then present in the 1st and 2nd- year Master’s exams.

Meet our team

Meet your lecturers

Esmée Bor Stotijn

Jazz Vocals / Backing Vocals

Esmee Bor (born 1976) teaches Vocals as a main subject in the Jazz department

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Sabine Kühlich

Jazz Vocals / Vocal Skills / Methodology / Master Research Coach

'I love teaching, I love developing each student's individual strong points a

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Susanne Schneider

Jazz Vocals

Vocalist Susanne Schneider has been teaching at Conservatorium Maastricht sin

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Curriculum

Curriculum Master Vocal Studies

Vocal Studies

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Main Subject and Components related to the Main Subject

27

22

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Main Subject

27

22

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Band & Performing

6

6

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Band & performing

6

6

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Recording & Producing

2

2

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Introduction to Studio Recording & Music Production

2

2

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Composing & Arranging

2

2

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Find Your Own Music

2

2

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Tools in Creation

4

4

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Current Jazz

2

2

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Impro Lab

2

2

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Artistic Research

5

10

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Master Research

5

10

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Health & Well-being

1

1

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Health & Well-being

1

1

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International Career Center

5

5

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Music & Society

1

1

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Your Art as a Business

2

2

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Personal Development Plan

2

2

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Teaching & Outreach Programme

2

2

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Outreach Programme

2

2

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Minor Modules Jazz

6

6

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Elective Modules

6

6

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Before you apply

Admission
requirements

Video Requirements 

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, singing for (at least) 10 minutes
  • Include 3 songs in different styles/tempi sang with band. Own compositions/lyrics are very welcome, as well as influences/songs from the Great American Songbook, Latin Music, Instrumentals. Improvisation and scat singing is welcome too, we like to hear you with your individual musical statement. This recording can be part of your Bachelor concert, a live concert, a studio recording session, a rehearsal with good sound.
  • Show us your vision. What would like to work on during your master studies? Present a try-out of what interests you and the direction you would like to develop into.

First Example

If your idea for further development / Master Research would be:
“How to integrate traditional Chinese Elements/Instruments in a context of jazz influenced own compositions”

Then you could record for us:
“a song own composition jazz Ballad with Chinese Lyrics and an interactive solo with a traditional Chinese string Instrument”

Second Example

If your idea for further development / Master Research would be:
“The art of improvising lyrics on the spot: Jazz vs. HipHop, Sheila Jordan vs. Fanta4 – lyrics, rhymes, harmonic and rhythmic approach – an artistic experiment including writing, preparing solos, analysing and comparing the different styles documented in a blog”

Then you could record for us:
“An own song with lyrics impro on-the-spot, influenced by Sheila Jordan’s impro on Sheila’s Blues”

If you have a video of your Bachelor Final Exam, please share that with us as well as an additional video link.

 

“Live” Audition

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 sing a representative short set (3 pieces), we highly recommend that you do this with your own band! Present us your vision. 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.

Master Interview

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.