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Jazz, Bachelor of Music

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Our Jazz Programme ‘New York Comes to Groningen’, offered by Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, is unique in the world for two reasons:1. Alongside the strong Groningen staff, top New York artists travel to Groningen to teach in our programme on a rotating schedule. Every week of the year, you’ll be able to learn from another New York artist, allowing you to develop yourself into a professional jazz artist.2. All students (bachelor and master) work with all of the NY-artists, irrespective of the student’s instrument. Bachelor’s courses include theory, ear training, composing, arranging and a wide variety of workshops. In addition, there are ongoing weekly lessons from a world-class Dutch faculty.

After graduation

Graduates are trained to be professional musicians and are equipped for a musical career, performing in various ensembles, in all styles of jazz. You will know how to promote yourself and your group. You will be able to compose and arrange music for all kinds of ensembles and orchestras. You can teach others at a music school or privately. Most graduates are self-employed, pursuing ‘portfolio careers’ that combine performance with teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

You start performing publicly from day one. The emphasis is on expanding your stage experience. You also learn to play the piano in order to better understand musical theory. You participate in studio projects and you follow courses in jazz arranging and composition. Your main instrument and the New York faculty classes are the focus throughout your entire study programme.

In addition to your private lessons, you will play in various ensembles. We also organise a trip to New York every year. The didactic subjects and musical entrepreneurship are offered in the second and third year. At the end of the fourth year you will conclude your studies with a final concert, displaying the musical vision that you have developed. We have no limitations in terms of instruments. Basically every instrument is admissible.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants for programmes at the conservatoire are expected to be familiar with certain materials and skills. Therefore, all applicants must perform at the entrance exams, held in April and May of each year. This exam consists of two parts: a theory and aural test, and an audition. Each part takes approximately 30 minutes and both take place on the same day. The results are most likely to be presented the same day. In special cases, it is possible to send in a DVD instead of doing an audition. For more information about the admission requirements and the enrolment procedure, check our website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7900 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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