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Bass Guitar


Guus Bakker
Stef Joosten


Study activities for your major will consist of: 
• individual and group lessons
• independent study
• concerts, projects and ensemble activities
• lessons and masterclasses from your personal budget


You will perform in the following recitals and exams in order to complete work on your major:
• recital 1 at the end of the first year of the Master (45 minutes)
• final recital at the end of the second year of the Master (60 minutes)


  • Candidates living in the Netherlands/ Belgium/ Western Germany will do a live audition. Candidates from other countries will do an online audition.
  • You will be asked to submit a personal development plan, in which you outline your plans for the upcoming years of study and a CV.
  • The audition should consist of a 20 minute programme. In the audition, you will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate rhythmical, melodic and harmonic insights. To assess your level of ability, you have to prepare five pieces. These pieces should represent different styles (e.g. jazz, latin, pop, et cetera), but at least two pieces must be jazzstandards, in which we hear you play accompaniment (walking bass) and an improvised solo.

Video audition:

Record a video containing three songs. We strongly prefer that you play with a band. If this is impossible you can record yourself playing along (with iRealPro e.g.). Make sure that you and your hands are clearly visible at all times and that the bass is clearly present in the balance. Your videos function as a first round. If you pass the first round you will be invited for a second round in the form of an e-meeting in which we can ask you to do additional assignments, like sight reading, in order for us to make a well informed decision about your application.

Live audition:

You are asked to present yourself and play your repertoire with other musicians. This can be your own band, or if this is not possible, the school will provide accompaniment. Please indicate this on the application form. There is no opportunity for rehearsal. Be sure to bring proper sheet music for your band members.