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Preparing for the Conservatory

I am offering free guitar lessons for students wishing to apply for the Bachelor or Master entrance exam of the Maastricht Music Academy. Lessons will take place thru eStaccato where I am an Ambassador with a Band A status. eStaccato is like Skype or Facetime but with better audio and video quality.

Since I will be on the jury, I can explain in detail what the requirements are and will work on specific goals as: line development, technique, frasing and timing, harmonisation, chord solos, etc.

Contact me at joepvanleeuwen@home.nl

My CD Jazz Guitar meets Church Organ (2011) was awarded 4 stars by the leading US jazz magazine Down Beat. Guitarist and composer Jim Hall expressed his appreciation for this CD in a personal handwritten note to Joep: “It is the freshest music I have heard in years”.

My solo jazz guitar CD in the style of Joe Pass was recorded in 2008 on an acoustic 1939 Gibson L7. The liner notes were written by John Abercrombie.
The Dance and the Blues (2014) is my duo CD for guitar and trombone. This CD and the Guitar/Organ CD consists of original compositions showing of Joep’s highly original and melodic compositions.




1985 - Present Maastricht Academy of Music / Conservatorium Maastricht

Hoofdvakdocent Jazzgitaar
Combo instructor
History of Jazz
Lectorate Autonomy and the Public Domain in the Arts (Autonomie en Openbaarheid in de Kunsten) (2006 – 2009)
1976-1980 Music School Heerlen, guitar teacher
Workshops / Lectures

Workshops/Lectures (selection)

2005, Dec. 7th Workshop on playing synthesizer guitar in trio format. (http://www.vimeo.com/2695411)
2002, March 18 Lecture on the Blue Note, its origin and usage for Jazzclub Carnaval du Jazz.
July 1999 Montreux Switserland. Workshop on guitar-trombone duo.
July 1996 Montreux Switserland. Workshop on Solo Jazz Guitar playing.
1994, March 24th Lecture on Spirituals for Maastricht Academy of Music
January 1994 IAJE, Boston, Solo jazz guitar and why aren’t more guitarist playing this format
1992, October 29th How to Teach Jazz History for IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) first European
IAJE Conference in Maastricht
1986 Lecture on History of Jazz for Studium Generale Maastricht University

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