Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Pop: from jazz, bebop and fusion to pop, rock, soul or dance. Whatever musical path you choose to follow, your expertise on your instrument will allow you to cross many boundaries.

Playing and creating without borders

Along the way, you will acquire knowledge and skills that will develop your identity as a player and creator. Starting from your identity as a creating musician, you will look for new ways to connect with your audience. The world is changing. How will you use your talent to keep surprising your audience?

What will you learn?

You will develop yourself as specialist on your instrument and learn to improvise, arrange, and compose. You will play in a variety of instrumental line-ups and gain stage experience in ensembles and projects. You will also work with students from other study programs such as theatre, music technology, and design. All to acquire various skills that you combine and apply to tell your own story. It's your future and you will decide what it looks like.

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Main subjects

You can choose from the following main subjects:

•    Wind instruments: flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, clarinet

•    String instruments: guitar, bass, double bass

•    Piano
•    Drums

•    Voice

In case your instrument is not listed here, please contact the Jazz & Pop course leader.

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You have a wide interest in various musical styles and genres and you are not easily classified. You want to gain greater expertise on your instrument and want to use your talents as a player, creator, teacher, and producer to that end. You have an entrepreneurial attitude and are looking for new ways of reaching your audience.

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Why this programme?

You will develop your talent as a player and creator in a positive, collaborative environment with a healthy sense of competition. The mastery of your instrument is the foundation for everything. You will be personally supervised by dedicated teachers and guest lecturers in both individual lessons and projects. You will also get many opportunities to work with students from other HKU-schools such as theatre, design, music technology etc.


Find out who the teachers at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium are and with whom you would like to take main subject lessons.

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Which profession?

As an outstanding player and creator, you will create your own place in the professional field. This might include performing, musical leadership, teaching, studio work, and concert and festival organisation, but also work in all other possible cultural, societal and artistic contexts. The professional field is in constant motion, which creates new possibilities all the time.

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•    Degree: Bachelor of Music (ISAT code 34739)
•    Full-time, 4-year program (240 ECTS)
•    Admission through entrance exam
•    Location: HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

•    Costs

•    Possible follow-up studies: Master of Music, Master in Arts Education