Jazz & Pop

Drums

Subjects

Check which subjects you will follow each study year in the Drums curriculum

Specific admission criteria for Drums

In addition to the general admission criteria, there are also specific admission criteria for each instrument. You will prepare five pieces which differ somewhat in character and pace. These pieces can be in the style(s) of your choice, so you can play any form of jazz, latin or pop music, or a mix of these styles. During the audition, you will perform a maximum of three of the five prepared pieces. You are preferably accompanied by your own band or, if that is impossible, by students of the Academy of Music.

Important aspects that may be included in the audition and will also be taken into account during the evaluation phase:

  • Playing the themes of simple standards and providing them with accompaniment along with solos that maintain a solid tempo, a functional approach and a sense of form and style;
  • Achieving a sound and a sound balance that suit the style;
  • Using the right timing for both jazz and rock;
  • The entrance audition can also include a prepared snare drum étude along with a prima vista section consisting of a side drum étude, a co-ordination reading exercise (such as rudiments divided across all the percussion components) and a reading and improvisation exercise.

Major lecturers

René  CreemersRené  Creemers

René Creemers

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Etienne  NillesenEtienne  Nillesen

Etienne Nillesen

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