Ruud van Dijk Associate Director / Head of the Jazz & Popular Music Department
Bram Strijbis Programme Co-ordinator, Study Adviser
The Principal Study
At the CvA, jazz includes all kinds of musical styles - Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, R&B, pop, funk, fusion and crossover are all on offer. The programme allows students ample freedom to discover their own personal interests. Ensemble is an important component - from trios with voice or soloist to special groups devoted to particular principal subjects, Latin and crossover groups, jazz choir and big band.
Internationally acclaimed musicians regularly give workshops, clinics and masterclasses, such as, in 2012, Brad Mehldau and Kurt Elling.
Artists in Residence
The CvA has developed an outstanding Artist-in-Residence programme. For each department, an internationally acclaimed guest will give clinics, workshops, masterclasses and private lessons for one week at least once every year. This week will be concluded with a concert given by the Artist in Residence and the students.
Thanks to our contacts in the world of broadcasting, at the studios, in show business and the new media, we can help students establish the contacts they need. Additionally, a special set of courses prepares students for the business aspects of the music industry.
The Cva Jazz Department maintains student exchange programmes with the Manhattan School of Music, New York; New England Conservatory, Boston; Frost School of Music, University of Miami; University of North Texas; Berklee College of Music Boston; Temple University Philadelphia; State University of New York at Purchase and Loyola University New Orleans. There are also many exchange possibilities with prominent European institutes.
In 2010 a new international master's degree programme, a joint venture by the conservatories of Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Trondheim, will start. Click here to read more.
‘I have had the pleasure of being a guest artist and conductor at the Amsterdam Conservatory for nine years, and have found that the students’ level of performance, interest, dedication, commitment and energy are of the highest order. The Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz Program offers a wholly integrated jazz environment, comprising study, research, and immersing students in the aural jazz tradition and historical musical context and culture. This program is of the utmost importance and relevance in today’s musical world. ‘The Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz Project’ as I call it, is setting a new standard for jazz performance, composition, musical knowledge and understanding in our comtemporary global society.
I highly recommend the Amsterdam Conservatory Jazz program without any reservation.’
Justin DiCioccio, Assistant Dean
Chairman Jazz Arts program
Manhattan School of Music
Download The Jazz study guide 2012-2013