Classical Preparatory Course
The Conservatory offers prospective students the means of preparing themselves for entry to the Conservatory through the Preparatory course. Students in the Preparatory course take lessons with conservatory teachers. In addition to preparing themselves specifically in respect of the principal subject and acquiring the necessary basic music theory knowledge, students have ample opportunity to obtain performance experience through special concerts organized for these young students.
All candidates must pass an entrance examination to be accepted to the Preparatory course. The preparatory course does not constitute a degree programme at the higher professional education level (hbo-opleiding), but rather a course. Students enrolled on the preparatory course are therefore not eligible for financial assistance.
Preparatory course at the conservatory
Not every musician who is ready for the entrance examination has already finished secondary education. And not every musician having finished secondary education and considering a conservatory education has reached the required level. For these students the preliminary training programme constitutes of one or two years of preparatory work on the principal-study subject, theory and ear training ('solfège'), all in combination with school or work.
There are no separate entrance requirements for the principal study; the examining board will assess as to whether students show sufficient potential and development to attain the required level within one or two years. The same applies to theoretical knowledge and ear training. In this case too, the examiners will 'measure' potential and knowledge already acquired. Students who complete the theoretical subjects during the preliminary training programme may - in consultation with the board of directors - already start attending classes in theoretical subjects at first-year level.
Preparatory course combined with a music school education
Collaborative arrangements have been made with a number of music schools in The Netherlands - Amsterdam, Almere, Haarlem and Bloemendaal - in order to prepare gifted students for a conservatory education.
Preparatory course at the Gerrit van der Veenschool
It is possible to combine the preliminary training or the lessons at the Sweelinck Academy with secondary education at the Gerrit van der Veenschool, which is situated in the south of Amsterdam. The music lessons are partially fitted into the time-table. Because of the amount of time the instrument already takes up at this stage, the pupil can, by means of a national arrangement, be exempted from a number of subjects. For more information please contact Mr Herman Lange at the Gerrit van der Veenschool, tel: 020-6799905, e-mail: h.lange, or the Sweelinck Academy co-ordinator. @ gerritvdveen.nl