Academy of Pop Music

Admission

Admission

ArtEZ Academy of Pop Music is looking for enterprising musicians who have a desire to collaborate and are eager for their chance to shine.

Academy of Pop Music admission criteria

  • Applicants must have completed VWO, HAVO, MBO (level 4) or the equivalent. 
  • International students must meet certain language requirements.
  • Applicants must provide a portfolio
  • Applicants must successfully pass the entrance examination, consisting of an audition, motivation interview and theory exam.

 We would like to know more about you than just how well you play your instrument. For instance, what other instruments you play, whether you write, what you hope to gain from this programme and what your expectations are of your future as a pop musician.

Language requirements

All our study programmes have language requirements. You will need to prove your language proficiency by handing in a certificate stating your level. The level for Pop Music is:

  • A2 by the end of the 1 st year.

Check exemptions and language courses.

Admission criteria per major

To view the admission criteria per major, visit majors.

Music Theory admission criteria

See an overview of the theory exam criteria.

Begin honing your skills in the areas of solfeggio, sight-singing, musical notation, reading and writing rhythms and hearing harmonies well in advance. You should also train your knowledge of general music theory. We have developed training material in the form of two special online tools:

Portfolio

Create a portfolio including: the admission programme, CV, biography, motivation, band experience, studio experience, organisational experience, and stating how long have you been playing, how long have you taken lessons and from whom. Which other instruments do you play? Why did you choose ArtEZ Academy of Pop Music? What do you expect from the study programme and your future professional practice? Describe your strengths and weaknesses. Include CDs, photographs, texts, lead sheets, etc.

Entrance examination

There are 2 audition periods:

APRIL

  • Register before 1 February
  • Submit materials before 10 February

Candidates must submit the following materials via the portal: completed questionnaires and 2 live video recordings (preferably with band, unless it is a solo act or different type of act) + 1 solo performance. Singer-songwriters must also submit lyrics and parts.

  • Pre-selection between 13 February and 3 March. Pre-selection materials will be assessed online, independent of place and time, by 2 specialist teachers + one chairperson, who decide on the basis of the results submitted online whether or not the candidate will be invited for round 2.
  • Following the pre-selection, the candidate will receive the recommendation by email (between 6 March and 24 March):positive = through to round 2.
    Round 2: in April (practical + theory). The date indicated is mandatory and cannot be changed.

JUNE

  • Register before 1 April
  • Submit materials before 7 April. Materials that are delivered after this date may not be taken into consideration for the admission.

Candidates must submit the following materials via the portal: completed questionnaires and 2 live video recordings (preferably with band, unless it is a solo act or different type of act) + 1 solo performance. Singer-songwriters must also submit lyrics and parts.

  • Pre-selection between 10 April and 28 April. Pre-selection materials will be assessed online, independent of place and time, by 2 specialist teachers + one chairperson, who decide on the basis of the results submitted online whether or not the candidate will be invited for round 2.
  • Following the pre-selection, the candidate will receive the recommendation by email (between 1 May and 19 May):positive = through to round 2.

Round 2: in June (practical and theory). The date indicated is mandatory and cannot be changed.
Practical and theoretical exams for round 2 take place in April and June. You will be informed in advance of the exact date and time. The entrance exam comprises two separate tests. The two tests last 30 minutes each.

1. Audition and motivation interview

With your band (preferably not with a backing track), play a short programme of two representative pieces in different styles. The admission committee, consisting of lecturers from the programme, will assess your instrument mastery, choice of repertoire, musical expression, and performance. They will also assess your ability to read notation and chord symbols, improvisation skills, musicality, performance ability and development capacity. You are expected to have had some experience in pop music and we prefer that you play with your own band, in order to demonstrate how you function within a band.

Ensure that your programme is well-thought out with stylistically diverse pieces that are representative of what you have done and can actually do. The focus is not on a wide range of notes or a high degree of difficulty, but on quality and performance. During the entrance examination you will also be asked to demonstrate specific skills, such as improvisation, playing scales, playing sheet music unprepared or singing or playing back a piece of music by ear. In closing, you can provide additional explanation regarding your portfolio in a motivation interview.

2. Theory exam

If you qualify from your audition and motivation interview you will be given an individualised music theory exam. This theory exam takes 15 to 30 minutes. You will be tested on elements such as musicality, sight-singing, reading and writing notes and rhythms, hearing harmonies and development potential. You will also be tested on your knowledge of general music theory (intervals, key signatures, scales and chords).

Result and validity

At the end of the day, the admission committee, consisting of at least two lecturers from the programme, will make a recommendation to the examination committee of the ArtEZ Academy of Music. This committee will assess your performance and decide whether you are a suitable candidate. You may be placed on a waiting list. You will receive the final result in writing.

Admission is only valid for the study programme for which you have enrolled. If you wish to apply for admission to a study programme or specialisation at another location you must register for this separately. The admission is only valid for the academic year directly following the entrance examination. Should you wish to start a year later, you can apply to the examination committee with a written request for the validity of the results to be extended up to one year.

If you disagree with a negative result of the admissions procedure, you can appeal to the examination committee.

Enrolment 

Enrolment is done through Studielink before 1 May. Enrolments after 1 May will only be processed if a sufficient number of study spaces are still available. You will then receive information on the entrance examination and the date that you are expected at the academy.