New York Comes to Groningen


The Jazz Department of the Prince Claus Conservatoire is like no other jazz school. 'New York Comes to Groningen' is the name of this programme: a programme that gives students the opportunity to learn the values of tradition and exploration that are associated with musicians on the New York Jazz scene. In addition to ongoing weekly instruction from a world class Dutch faculty, each student receives lessons from our visiting New York jazz faculty which features:


Joris Teepe
Don Braden
JD Walter
David Berkman
Michael Mossman
Tim Armacost
Kevin Hays
Gene Jackson
Joe Magnarelli
Deborah Brown
Todd Coolman
Mark Gross
Conrad Herwig
Jonathan Kreisberg
Matt Wilson

These 15 New York musicians teach at the Prince Claus Conservatoire during 1 week, twice a year on a rotating schedule.

Thus, unlike a lot of other schools that bring in well known musicians to teach, ALL students work with ALL of the guest teachers, irrespective of the student's instrument. Of course, students also receive regular courses from the permanent Dutch faculty. These courses include private lessons, theory, ear training, jazz history, arranging and a wide variety of performing ensembles. In addition to this, renowned international musicians such as Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Steve Grossman, Kevin Mahogany and Bill Goodwin make guest appearances, teaching master classes and workshops.


​Admission requirements and special details

Study stream


Type of course

Day time, four years

​Entry Requirements

Secondary High School diploma or similar, audition and English language skill level IELTS 5 (see below)

Study costs

Apart from the conservatoire (Hanze University Groningen) tuition fees and the cost of your instrument, you need to calculate between € 110 - € 360 for books, sheet music and other study material. Especially in the first year you will have a lot of theoretical subjects and will therefore need to spend more on books.

Entrance exam

Before you can study at the conservatoire you have to pass an entrance exam. This exam consists of two parts: a theory / aural test, and an audition. Each part is approximately 30 minutes in duration and both take place on the same day. It is most likely you will hear the same day if you can be admitted to the conservatoire. In special cases it is possible to send in a dvd instead of doing an audition. Click here for information. For more information about the Prince Claus Conservatoire you can send an e-mail to or call +31 50 595 1314 or 1312.

Apply for an entrance exam

You can apply until the 1st of May. The application procedure consists of two parts, firstly you have to send us some documents and secondly you have to apply for registration at the website Studielink. To ap​ply for an entrance examination click here.

If you are a foreign student, please also contact the International Student Office for information about various practical matters, such as adequate insurance, finding accomodation in Groningen, obtaining a visa and residence and work permits.

If you are already studying at a conservatoire or similar and you want to be an exchange student within the Erasmus Programme, please contact the International Relations Officer of the Prince Claus Conservatoire Jan Gerd Krüger or the International Relations Officer of your own institute.

English study programme and language skills

The study programme of the Jazz education is offered mainly in the English language. In order
to be admitted to the first year, a demonstrable English language skill level IELTS 5 is required. This corresponds to a TOEFL score of 500, or a CEF score B2. For a number of educational units in years 2, 3 and 4, an IELTS level 6 is an entry requirement. During the intake procedure, the conservatoire determines the foreign students' English language skill level through a test.

IELTS provides a detailed assessment of the language skill of people for whom English is not the native language. Students with a skill level lower than IELTS 6 are expected to take part in an English language course through the Language Centre of the University of Groningen, or a comparable course elsewhere. Candidates who are admissible, but whose English language skill level is below IELTS 5, are offered the opportunity to achieve IELTS level 5 by taking part in a summer course during the summer. The Language Centre of the University of Groningen offers such summer courses.

Preparatory course/Young Talent Class

In the preparatory course and the Young Talent Class you gain an orientation/introduction to the full degree course and build a head start with your training. Click here for more information.


The conservatoire has a student fund and an instrument fund. Students can request money for such things as masterclasses or other educational activities abroad, or to help purchase or maintain an instrument. Click here for more information. 


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