• 02.05.24, Phase 1, deadline portfolio submission
  • 13.05.24, Phase 1, announcement of portfolio results
  • 23.05.24 - 24.05.24, Phase 2, practical test
  • 29.05.24, Phase 3, theoretical test
  • 26.08.24, Phase 3, resit theory test

When registering, you immediately make your choice of jazz or pop. Know that our jazz/pop teachers cooperate intensively anyway and that it is always possible to show all your musical facets during the entrance examination. With your choice, you indicate your musical preference for 1 direction, without excluding another. Only one session is scheduled for this test and it consists of 3 stages.

start test

9:00 on the first day of the session

Building Paddenhoek
Entrance Paddenhoek 12, 9000 Ghent

The exact schedule will be communicated after the announcement of the portfolio results.

preparation for the test

You can prepare for the theoretical part of the admission test for bachelor jazz / pop and music production with an online lesson series. All the basics are explained, you get exercises and you can even take a mock exam.

phase 1, portfolio

Submit your portfolio www

If you have substantive questions about the repertoire ( or about e.g. backing tracks ) you can still inquire with our coordinators: JAZZ and POP

The first phase includes the portfolio.
You first register administratively online (see step 2) and thus obtain a code. This code / registration number is mentioned at the end of the registration and also in the automatic confirmation e-mail. With the code, you can then complete the digital portfolio and the accompanying questionnaire.

A committee consisting of teachers of jazz or pop will make a preselection based on this portfolio.
Those with a positive evaluation will be invited to Phase 2 by e-mail on 13 May and will then also receive the schedule for Phase 2. Candidates who did not pass can get online feedback on their portfolio.


The questionnaire gauges your (broad) interests and motivation. It also includes a link to three videos that can be accessed online (Youtube, Facebook, Soundcloud,...), in which you show the best of yourself. Make sure you and your instrument are well portrayed. As a guideline time for the total duration of the three songs, we give 15 minutes (preferably accompanied by other musician).

You perform at least 1 song. This can be your own song, a composition, a personal adaptation of an existing song, a loop on which you improvise, ... In addition to the necessary technical skills, pay sufficient attention to individuality, creativity and originality.

theme test

This test can be completed in various creative ways. This is a list for inspiration, you can combine several aspects.

  • get inspired by the lyrics, rework or translate the lyrics.
  • rework a song
  • reharmonise a song
  • use samples
  • reference certain sounds or use instruments
  • ...

It may be a completely new song, inspired by the theme, or it may be a reworking of an existing song or composition.

As an additional appendix to the portfolio, we ask the candidate to do a creative test in an imposed theme. This is therefore an (additional) fourth issue/recording.

Theme test 2024: Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is one of the most influential and original singer-songwriters of all time, shaping 20th century pop and jazz through timeless songs, productions and unique collaborations. Draw inspiration from her vast body of work and countless projects, and surprise us with a quirky approach. Avoid "straight covers" and work with musical parameters such as chord progressions, lyrics, arrangement and sound. Process them in an original way to create a thematic experiment in which you combine your technical skills, creative abilities and your own personality to create a completely new song, a rework, a reinterpretation,... .

Add as pdf a report in which you briefly explain the creative process (max 1 page).
Briefly explain how you incorporated the theme into the assignment.

phase 2, audition

Candidates who have passed stage 1 can take part in stage 2, the practical test. This consists of three parts: live playing in front of a jury, ensemble playing test and a motivation interview.

Tests will be scheduled between 09:00 and 19:00. The exact schedule will be announced after the announcement of portfolio results. Candidates are expected to keep both dates free. Certificates of absence are available on site for students who would miss regular teaching activities for this purpose. The exact course of the test and a detailed schedule will be announced to candidates via mail.

playing live in front of a jury

You will prepare 4 pieces. Prepared pieces may also be performed solo or with backing track.

  • Pop candidates bring their own accompaniment band, consisting of up to 4 people
  • Jazz candidates may also do so, but for jazz candidates, a backing band/rhythm section will also be provided as standard, if desired. 

Candidates and accompanists bring their own instruments. Pianos, amplifiers and a mini-jack connection are available.

The four pieces include:

  • One piece of your own (preferably one other than the one in Phase 1): this can be your own song, a composition, a musical idea, a personal adaptation of an existing song, a loop on which to improvise, you can use other instruments, or tools, etc.... Unleash your creativity here.
  • Two existing pop songs or jazz standards ( + improvisation ), depending on your choice of study direction. We ask you to choose two pieces in different tempos, time signatures, keys and feel.
  • One compulsory piece: you will also receive an assignment when a positive result of the digital portfolio (phase 1) is announced. This involves a compulsory song that you will have to perform with backing track. This song will differ per instrument.
  • In addition, the candidate will also play 1 sight reading. This involves a simple excerpt (a score/ leadsheet with possible accompaniment and improvisation) that you will be given just before the audition. During this test, you will demonstrate your artistic and technical level in the most versatile way possible.

ensemble test

Besides the "core business" on the instrument, the admission tests also test your creative and musical contribution in a ensemble playing context. You will play music for 45 minutes together with several prospective students in band formation and under the guidance of a teacher. The result is of secondary importance to the process, which focuses on individuality, personal contribution, communication and mutual reflection. This test requires no specific preparation.

motivation interview

During an individual interview, your motivation towards an art programme in general and the specific programme in particular will be examined. The digital portfolio, the completed questionnaire and the tests already taken in phase 2 form a guideline for the motivation interview. It is important that you can explain your own choices and clarify your study choices and expectations.

Interests, general and cultural knowledge, thinking skills, creative attitude, insights and communication skills will be assessed, as well as practical matters such as your availability for full-time music training, your intended commitment and involvement, communication skills ...

phase 3, theoretical test

The test is only for candidates who have passed stage 2. The exact schedule will be announced by mail.

This test is the compulsory third step in the admission procedure and consists of five parts. For subtests 1-4 (Music Theory, Solfege, Ear Training and Rhythm), a resit is possible if a student has not passed. If one does not pass Stage 3 or the resit, one has not passed the entire entrance test.

You can prepare for this part of the test with a series of videos made by teachers of jazz/pop. You will find an overview of all the tests, exercises and even a mock exam.

musical theory test

Recognising and noting:

  • composition and preliminary notation of major and minor keys
  • all intervals within the octave (major, minor, major, diminished, augmented)
  • be able to recognise and write the following root triads: major, minor, diminished and augmented.
  • recognise and write the following four-sound root scales: major seven (∆), minor (mi7), half diminished (ø), diminished (o), minor major seven (mi∆), dominant seven (7), dominant seven cross five (7+5), dominant seven mole five (7-5).
  • be able to recognise and write these scales: major, minor harmonic, minor melodic, minor antique (Aeolic), major and minor pentatonic
  • recognise simple chord progressions by step number and notate them in Roman numerals.


Hearing and notation of:

  • all intervals within the octave (pure, minor, major, diminished, augmented)
  • next triads in root position: major, minor, diminished and augmented.
  • following four sounds in root position: major seven (∆), minor (mi7), semi-reduced (ø), diminished (o), minor major seven (mi∆), dominant seven (7), dominant seven cross five (7+5), dominant seven mole five (7-5),
  • scales below:
    • major
    • harmonic minor
    • melodic minor
    • antique minor (Aeolic)
    • major and minor pentatonic
    • blue scale minor
    • diminished scale
    • all modes from the major scale: lunonic, Doric, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Lokric.
  • short melodic dictation
  • short rhythmic dictation
  • short melodic-rhythmic dictation

rythmic test

  • Rhythmic dictation in 4/4 consisting of 4th notes, 8th notes, triplets and 16th notes with their respective rests and possible ties.
  • The dictation progresses from basic to advanced over about 16 bars to determine your level group in BA1 or possibly BA2
  • Recognise rhythmic patterns and immediately repeat them by ear. The patterns consist of popular claves and/or commonly used 1 or 2-bar patterns within the jazz and pop idiom.
  • Some rhythmic reading exercises that you can sing both binary and in swingfeel. You can accompany yourself by clipping on all counts or where possible on 2 and 4.
  • A short probe into your ability to phrase a rhythmic motif against the metronome or backing track.

written test

The candidate must provide a written answer to a general question on a current social, cultural and/or artistic issue. The aim is to allow the examination committee to get an idea of the candidate's theoretical prior education, gauge language skills and the ability to formulate an opinion, develop a line of reasoning and edit a short written text.

proclamation and feedback

Please note that locations and times are subject to change. Changes will be communicated on the spot.

The results will be announced by mail. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for individual feedback physically on campus. The time of the feedback moment will be announced in good time. No information on the tests will be given afterwards.