Goals and objectives

DJAM is a private school offering training in Jazz and Contemporary Music was established in 1990.

DJAM offers a multi-year musical education with both theory as well as practical subjects, which are all geared carefully to each another. DJAM’s teachers are experienced and highly motivated. They also work closely together.

The student has a choice of three different course packages with the possibility of attending main subject (instrumental) lessons. By offering courses on five levels, the program is suitable for beginners as well as advanced musicians. Through an entrance exam the level of the student is determined for every course.

The number of students per group is limited, so there is plenty of room for personal attention. There is an atmosphere of enthusiasm, dedication, concentration and collegiality. DJAM also offers the opportunity to prepare for a conservatory study, both for the practical and the theoretical parts.

DJAM is also a meeting point for people who want to play music together. Our school, like every serious musician, is in a constant state of development.

The DJAM concept

The school’s concept was developed by Christian Hassenstein and other teachers from various Dutch conservatories.

The starting point of the course is the acquisition of musical knowledge and skills, with an emphasis on improvisation. In addition, we pay attention to individual aspects such as instrument technique, theory- and ear training skills. Furthermore, in a group setting we deepen points such as listening, ensemble playing and repertoire building. The goal of the course is to help students take a serious step forward in their musical development.

Because of this special concept, in conjunction with the well-considered integration of the various subjects, DJAM has managed to occupy a unique place within Dutch music education.

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