Master Jazz & Pop in Zwolle

ArtEZ University of the Arts
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
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Master Jazz & Pop in Zwolle

Develop your own vision, sound and style as a professional music performer and curator with the two-year English-language Master Jazz & Pop in Zwolle. Being a successful musician nowadays means more than having talent and knowing your instrument: the field is constantly evolving, and old stories require new deliverance.

As a master's student Jazz & Pop at ArtEZ in Zwolle you develop into a highly skilled, proactive and flexible musician. The two-year course is built on curating and (per)forming identity: it provides you with the know-how and tools to showcase yourself in a rapidly changing work field and society. At the ArtEZ Conservatory, we challenge you to immerse in current developments and to construct new narratives. To collaborate within and outside your own discipline and to expand your network, looking beyond the boundaries of the familiar. Are you ready to experiment, to innovate and to further enhance your artistic practice?

Admission requirements

Do you want to apply for the Jazz & Pop Master in Arnhem or Zwolle? If so, you must meet the following conditions:

  • A completed bachelor in music;
  • A positive result of the entrance examination;
  • Proof of your language proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Individual Route

In the individual route you follow your own main subject lessons, immersing yourself within your own discipline, deepening your musical knowledge and instrumental skills. We challenge you to take responsibility for your own study process and development: with the framework of the course as a guideline, you are free to look for creative solutions and to experiment.

Year 1

During the first year of the Master Jazz & Pop, the individual route consists of:

  • main subject lessons (24 ECTS).
  • collaborative musicianship (4 ECTS) (working with a répétiteur and/or coaching in ensemble;
  • free space (2 ECTS first year, 4 ECTS second year), to be filled in by yourself.

Year 2

During the second year of the Jazz & Pop master's course, individual research is added to your individual route and more free space is available.

Performance Lab (collective program)

Every Tuesday you gain practical experience inside the Performance Lab. The Lab is a joint environment in which you work on stage presence, theatricality, marketing, writing, and concept development together with your fellow master students from Classical Music. You visit and discuss each other's concerts and projects while learning from and with each other. The program consists of three or four blocks and is concluded with a series of concerts.

In the context of Performance Lab, (inter)national professionals who left their traces in the field, visit the program in order to work together on projects and assignments. They inspire you to broaden your view on performing, which can entail so much more than simply making beautiful music. Performance is about connecting with current events, about personality, about communicating with a public and about building new audiences. Inside the Performance Lab, you are encouraged to unite the traditional and the novel, to integrate the known into the yet unknown.

In both the first and the second year of the course, a Residency Project is part of the Performance Lab. In this Residency Project you learn from and work with a renowned artistic company, for instance the Dutch Chamber Choir in 2020/2021 and Holland Baroque in 2019/2020.

Connecting the Dots (joint master’s program)

In addition to the individual route and the collective Performance Lab, you work together with all other music master students in Connecting the Dots. This program consists of a project week, workshops and the joint concept of ‘Meet the Masters’. Connecting the Dots is about exchange, collaboration and coming together: you get acquainted with other music disciplines, and you benefit from studying in an environment with performers and makers who, like you, are working on shaping their practice. Guest curator of the 2020/2021 project week is the organization Sounds of Change, that uses the power of music to stimulate people to change their circumstances in a positive way.

Also part of Connecting the Dots is drawing up a personal study plan and the module called Poetics in year 1, in which you will write your own artistic manifesto.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees.


Upon successful completion of the Master Jazz & Pop in Zwolle, you are entitled to use the academic title Master of Music (MMus).

Career paths

In twenty years from now, many people will be in jobs that we do not yet know of or cannot even imagine yet today. The same probably goes for music. To remain relevant, traditional roles require innovative interpretation and unique personal approach. The Master Jazz & Pop in Zwolle helps you to establish your position in society and urges you to create your own working environment in the reality of the current cultural climate.

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ArtEZ University of the Arts

ArtEZ University of the Arts provides a coherent range of preparatory programmes, Bachelor and Master courses for more than 3000 students in Arnhem, Enschede and Zwolle. ArtEZ Arnhem, Zwolle and Enschede together facilitate more than 60 art courses within the...

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ArtEZ University of the Arts

Onderlangs 9
6812 Arnhem
the Netherlands

Phone no: 0031 (0)26 3535600

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