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)
- The candidate presents him/herself in English at the start of the video
- Then show yourself, playing the double bass for (at least) 10 minutes
- One Classical Etude, sonata or solo piece by Simandl (30 Etudes), Eccles Sonata, Kreutzer (18 Etudes) 2-3 min
- Unaccompanied jazz playing: bebop melody, walking, and solo, a composition of Charlie Parker, Th. Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, or Bud Powell 2-3 min
- Unaccompanied jazz playing: jazz ballad (e.g. Darn That Dream, I Loves You Porgy, I Fall In Love too Easily) 2-3 min
- Unaccompanied jazz playing: modern jazz piece e.g. a composition by Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Claire Fisher, Kenny Wheeler 2-3 min
If you have a video of your Bachelor Final Exam, please share that with us as well as an additional video link.
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 play a representative short set (3 pieces), we highly recommend that you do this with your own band! And be ready to do interactive exercises together with the main subject teachers, as well as individual ones, including sight reading, comping and improvising.
The “live” audition should take approximately 20 – 45 minutes.
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.