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FAQ's (frequently asked questions)

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Can I study at DJAM with little or no instrument knowledge?
Yes. DJAM offers theory and ear-training classes (level AMV) and combo (level preparatory) for students who have limited technique of their instrument. For those who have no knowledge, AMV in combination with main subject instrumental lessons is available. In collaboration with the teachers we will determine the right moment to place you in one of our ensembles.
Can I study at DJAM with little or no sight-reading knowledge?
Yes, you can. Sight-reading is not an essential factor at DJAM. Our opinion is that listening skills far outweigh the ability to read. Naturally reading music is just as important as listening and this is achieved by regularly practicing harmony, ear-training and attending the SEL. Within a combo the most valuable skills are listening and communicating. Quite often sheets/songs are given to you in advance, so that you have sufficient time to prepare the work at home. If any problems arise, all the songs are on tapes or CDs and can be found at DJAM, available to you as part of the study materials.
Can I pursue music theory only?
Yes. You can choose for course package 2, offering you the following theory subjects: harmony, improvisation, ear-training (melodic and rhythmic) and SEL.

Note: We base our tuition concept upon complete course packages and levels. Therefore it is not appropriate or possible to choose individual subjects from those packages. Should the entrance exam show that you do not require all subjects from an entire course package we will then make the necessary adjustments.

Can I improve my instrument technique only?
Yes; if it appears after the entrance exam that your theory and ear-training knowledge is adequate enough to be able to join a combo, you can choose for course package 3. Here you receive only combo lessons.
Why is an entrance exam necessary before I study at DJAM?
The reason for the entrance exam is to test your theoretical and practical knowledge in music. This ensures that you are placed in a group appropriate to your level or skill, therefore optimizing and enhancing your learning capacity.
How large are the groups at DJAM?
This varies per subject, for instance within a combo the average amount is 6, in the choir up to 30 and in the theory and ear-training classes between 5 and 20 students.
Will I receive a diploma on completion of my study at DJAM?
DJAM is not a governmental acknowledged authority and therefore on completion of your study an (unofficial) certificate will be issued. If you need an official diploma DJAM offers assistance in preparing you for the "Vakexamen Lichte Muziek" (the former State Examination "Lichte Muziek") for the practical and music theoretical parts of this exam. DJAM can also give you preparatory assistance for the conservatory entrance examinations.

Note: Our experience shows that a certificate is only necessary for teaching at an authorized music school. Being a good musician does not require an official document.

Why is DJAM not a governmental acknowledged institute?
DJAM has its own character and has developed a unique method in teaching music. We are proud of our independence and have no need of a third party, which makes our decisions and applies rules. Our focus is to aid the individual artist in developing their skill by offering a comprehensive study unlike conventional teaching methods. Music institutes which rely on governmental guidelines are often more directed at a professional career and are less in-depth.
What is DJAM's goal?
Our objective is that talented musicians (beginners and advanced) should have the opportunity to enjoy studying music at an intensified level. Ultimately by developing their musical instrument, they are then able to hold their own at a high musical level. The most important aspects are:
  • developing sufficient instrument technique
  • increase knowledge of theory and ear-training
  • the possibility to play within a band
Can I follow instrument lessons (private teaching) at DJAM without taking part in a group lesson?
In general, private instrumental tuition (main subject lessons) are only for DJAM students and are meant to support the DJAM group lessons. If you wish to follow only DJAM main subject lessons, your name can be placed upon a waiting list and once a study place becomes available the appropriate teacher will contact you.
Will a study at DJAM provide a visa for non-EU students?
DJAM is a private teaching institute and therefore if you study with us you are not qualified to get a Dutch visa. For more information regarding this matter, we advise you to contact the Dutch Embassy.
Can I use empty classrooms at DJAM for practicing or rehearsing?
DJAM is actually renting its teaching space only for the time of the classes and is not in the position to provide space to students for extra activities. For inquiries into availability and conditions of practice space please call the Polanentheater, tel. 020 - 682 13 11.
Can DJAM offer any help concerning housing for (foreign) students?
We know that finding appropriate housing for musicians is difficult; unfortunately we can't offer any help in this matter.
Which language is used during the classes?
All lessons are held in Dutch. Each year there are students who have no knowledge of the Dutch language. This appears not to be a big problem if you are willing to invest time and energy to learn the Dutch language. If you have no knowledge of the language but wish to study at DJAM then we advise you to learn before enrollment and/or move to Holland some time before the study starts. The teachers are able to summarize the lessons in English or German, but mostly there is not enough time to implement it. We suggest that you form a study group with other students to review the class. This can be very helpful, especially with the theory classes.

 
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Tel.: +31 - (0)20 - 665 63 38 · Fax: +31 - (0)84-743 45 34
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