As a student in this four-year Bachelor’s programme, you will get the opportunity to listen, play and learn in the inspiring environment of our Bass department:
You will have regular one-to-one lessons with the main subject Bass teachers, subsidiary subject lessons in Electric Bass (for Double Bass students) and Double Bass (for Electric Bass students), monthly group lessons focusing on bass history, practice techniques and current music, bass methodology classes, studio recordings, plenty of band rehearsals (coached by our faculty) focusing on repertoire (year 1 and 2) and specific musical styles (year 3), as well as having the opportunity to bring in your own musical ideas and compositions.
The individual bass lessons will provide you with improvisation techniques, harmonic knowledge, technical skills and grooves/rhythm concepts for various musical situations and styles (jazz/fusion, funk/soul, Latin/salsa, pop/rock, world music). Naturally, the programme can be tailored to your personal level and needs.
To complete the programme, we offer Bass workshops and masterclasses (taught by artists like Richard Bona, Scott Colley, John Clayton, Ben Street, Alain Caron, Linley Marthe, Lincoln Goines, Hein van de Geyn, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Jimmy Haslip etc.). Double Bass students have the chance to meet guest lecturer John Goldsby (WDR Big Band) every month during the academic year.
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)
- Videos should have good audio quality, where we can hear your playing very well. You can make separate short videos or one longer one.
- The candidate presents him/herself in English at the start of the video
- The video is maximum 10 minutes long
- Blues: Play 1 chorus bebop blues head/melody, 4 choruses walking bass, 2 choruses solo, final chorus blues melody/head.
- Ballad or slow standard melody: Play the melody to a ballad (one chorus), or a standard in ballad tempo (arco or pizzicato). Tempo suggestion: ca. 60 bpm.
- Fast walking: Play 4 choruses of only a quarter-note walking line on a standard chord progression at ca. tempo 200 bpm (or faster). Tune suggestions: “There Will Never Be Another You,” “What Is This Thing Called Love,” “Autumn Leaves,” “My Shining Hour,” etc.
- Arco: Play 1 classical etude of your choice, e.g. Simandl, Bille, Kreutzer, Streicher
Do not use any backing tracks, drones, drum beats or metronomes on your video. Everything should be recorded with bass only. Please record each assignment (1, 2, 3, 4 ) in one take (no cuts or edits — everything played straight through).
In case that your material is selected you will get an invitation for an online theory test and if necessary, an online meeting with the main subject teachers.