Saturdays at the Centre For Young Musicians

CYM Performing Music

The Centre For Young Musicians, CYM, provides outstanding opportunities for young musicians with a special interest in music between the ages of 6-18. Young musicians work together in a nurturing environment where their musical potential is developed to the highest level.

Theory Lessons

CYM offers a wide range of musical activities to foster musical development.
A typical afternoon might include a lesson on a musical instrument or voice, a duet or trio class with other students of a similar ability, rehearsing with the CYM International Youth Choir or Chamber Choir, a music theory lesson or composition class and participating in our International Youth Instrumental Ensemble. We provide:

  • Regular performance opportunities as a soloist and ensemble player or singer.
  • Individual lessons on all instruments and voice, leading to ABRSM qualifications in singing and on an instrument.
  • Opportunities to rehearse weekly as part of a duet, trio, quartet and larger ensemble for singers and instrumentalists.
  • Outstanding choral training with the CYM International Youth Choir.
  • Advanced choral training with the CYM chamber choir leading to ABRSM qualifications.
  • Weekly lessons in Theory, Aural training and Composition.
  • Encouragement and support towards ABRSM exams.
  • Weekly opportunities to rehearse and perform with the International Youth Instrumental Ensemble
  • Opportunities to compete in local music competitions, participate in festivals, participate in workshops, perform at prestigious events, rehearse and perform with students from the Royal Conservatoire in Den Haag and students from Codarts Rotterdam.

Classical Music

We have abundant opportunites in both Classical and Jazz Music and the atmosphere at the CYM is vibrant, warm and challenging. All of our students enjoy working together towards regular performance opportunities both as a soloist and as part of a small and larger ensembles.

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Chamber Group

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Jazz Ensemble


Classical Music

The CYM has a strong interest in classical music and we encourage our musicians to develop a knowledge of and respect for instruments and music from the earliest times to contemporary music. In order to expose our students to a wide variety of instruments and to enable them to work at their highest level, they frequently work and perform with visiting musicians from the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag.


Jazz Music

The focus of our jazz ensembles is to develop improvisational skills by working with jazz specialists and performing improvisatory pieces regularly. Our students also have weekly lessons in jazz theory to increase a knowledge and understanding of jazz in order to further their progress. Our jazz students also have opportunities to work with talented young performers from the jazz scene in The Hague to inspire them and to create performance opportunities at a high level.

Termly Family Concerts

A CYM Musical

A CYM Musical

All of our students perform regularly in termly family concerts. In addition to this our choirs and jazz students have performed at several events for the British Embassy and our chamber choir has performed for the Commonwealth Remembrance Services in Den Haag in 2012 and 2013. Our talented students have opened art exhibitions, performed at weddings, participated in the Festival Classique and the Youth Jazz Festival.

CYM students have been prize winners in competitions such as the Florence Concours and were regional finalists in the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble Young Composers Competition 2013.

Our students frequently gain distinctions in their ABRSM examinations and exceptionally talented students who have completed Grade 8 in their practical examinations are encouraged to apply for the ABRSM Performers Diploma.

Our chamber choir is currently rehearsing towards the ABRSM Advanced Choral Exam which will be held in spring 2014.

Personal Development

Music is the universal language of mankind. Henry Watsworth Longfellow

‘Musicians have sharper minds and are able to pick up mistakes and fix them quicker than the rest of us, according to new research at St Andrews University’.
The study, by researchers at the University of St Andrews, suggests that musical activity could protect against decline in mental abilities through age or illness.  Read the original article

Choosing to spend time in order to achieve musical excellence will be rewarding not only by the achievements you make in music but you will also develop life long friendships, gain confidence and develop listening and concentration skills. Studying music can be a life changing decision and we will make sure that you are equipped with the musical experience and knowledge to continue that journey beyond school years should you wish to.

Recording Studio

Audio and Video Recordings are taken once a term during the concerts.
Advanced students are offered the opportunity to participate in a recording session at Studio-25 Den Haag




Each student at the Centre has a personalised timetable, receives expert tuition in his/her chosen instrument, plays in a coached ensemble of his or her choice and received music theory lessons. Current groups in CYM include:

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Individual Tuition

Individual tuition is available on all instruments and voice for children between the age of 6 and 18. Lessons are half-hourly to begin with. Our more advanced students have lessons of 45 or 60 minutes. All students who are taking lessons at the CYM are encouraged by their teachers to participate in the ABRSM exams and our regular solo concerts. Those who show potential and flair are invited to perform in our chamber music programme.

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Cornet
  • Double Bass
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Horn

  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Tenor Horn
  • Timpani and Percussion
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Voice


Clarinet and Trumpet

Chamber Ensembles

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Chamber Ensemble

Each student plays in a small coached chamber ensemble of two, three or four students every Saturday. This enhances their musical growth and helps them to move from the isolation of individual practice into the sociable environment of group music-making. The focus is always on the enjoyment of playing music together as well as the challenges and skills required to do this at a high level.

Chamber music encourages listening skills, a sense of rhythm and the ability to work in a small team. Tuition is available in all instruments and a wide repertoire is explored from Baroque to Contemporary music.

Students rehearse with others who are at similar level to themselves and perform in concerts and workshops every term.

ABRSM Chamber and Choral Exams available at CYM

All students who have reached Grade 4 are now able to work towards and take ABRSM Chamber Exams at the CYM. They will receive expert tuition and their progress will be monitored by an experienced ABRSM examiner to ensure that they reach their goals. Chamber exams are available in a wide variety of combinations. Examples include Piano Duets, Violin and Piano Duos, Clarinet and Piano Duos, they are available in a wide range of instruments.

For more information contact Karin Hollreiser at the CYM.



CYM Choir

All students receive choral training to encourage a sense of pitch, good sight reading and aural skills.

There is a General Choir and a Chamber Choir which consist of vocal specialists and advanced students.

Our choirs perform regularly in our concerts and enjoy working at scenes from musicals, operas as well as classical and light music.

Choirs are entered for the ABRSM Choral Examinations. In March 2014 our Senior Choir will be examined by visiting examiners from the UK. This is an internationally recognized award and each student is presented with a certificate of choral attainment from ABRSM.

Vocal Music

As well as their individual lessons our Vocal students study duets and trios from light music, musicals and opera and often work on small scenes together. Students rehearse with others who are at similar level to themselves and perform in regular concerts every term. Our vocal department has a strong reputation for producing confident and skilled vocal performers.


Vocal Ensemble Senior


Vocal Ensemble Junior

Jazz Ensembles


Jazz Band

The focus of our jazz ensembles is to develop improvisational skills by working with jazz specialists and performing improvisation pieces regularly. Our students also have weekly lessons in jazz theory to increase a knowledge and understanding of jazz in order to further their progress. Our jazz students also have opportunities to work with talented young performers from the jazz scene in The Hague to inspire them and to create performance opportunities at a high level. Our Jazz students are coached by professional Jazz musicians who are also excellent teachers. Jazz improvisation is taught on a weekly basis.

Typical CYM Jazz Band Setup:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Saxophones
  • Trumpet
  • Clarinet>
  • Bass
  • Drums

Classical and Jazz Theory


Theory Paper

An understanding of music is essential for a developing musician. We therefore offer theory classes to all our students. For those who wish to take ABRSM exams above Grade 5 ABRSM theory is mandatory. We therefore provide theory lessons to ensure that our students’ theory skills are at the same level as their instrumental playing. There are classes for each Grade from 1 to 8. Associated Board exams are taken regularly in March, June and November.

Due to demand we are now offering weekly lessons in Jazz Theory. These are helpful to students performing in Jazz Quartets at CYM and to those with a special interest in Jazz.

General Musicianship and Aural Training

As each ABRSM exam also demands aural skills, we offer classes from Grade 1 to 8. Aural training also is invaluable for helping students to understand music more deeply and to enhance their all-round musician skills. There is also an opportunity to study General Musicianship exams from Grade 1-5.

Good listening skills are vital for musical performance. They help to develop a sense of pitch, rhythm and a deeper understanding of all musical styles.

Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.Sarah Dessen – teenage author of Just Listen

Masterclasses and Workshops


A Musical with Maurits Draijer

Along with concerts every term, the students have the opportunity to participate in master-classes and workshops on their solo instrument. Performers visit the centre to work with groups of students in sessions arranged for specific instruments. These sessions cover a variety of musical styles and techniques.

Masterclasses are regularly given by distinguished visiting artists, .e.g

  • Maurits Draijer (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag) working and performing with our Chamber Choir
  • Cello Masterclass with Miriam Kirby (Residentie Orkest)
  • Noah Nicoll (Double Bass) Improvising with our Senior Jazz Quartett

CYM Performing Music



CYM offers ABRSM Exams

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Theory Exam

ABRSM have designed their exams and assessments to motivate students of all levels and ages, giving them a series of realistic goals and tangible rewards for their achievements. Since 1889, ABRSM have provided music teachers and their students with exams and assessments that nurture and evaluate an individual’s performance and progress.

At the CYM we encourage our students to practice for and participate in these exams, recognising the motivational influence that these exams have on students. We provide from the first exam, the Prep Test until the professional Diploma Level and also support teachers in their professional development with these exams at higher level.

Associated Board Exams are held at the British School in the Netherlands and at the CYM in March, June and November in practical and theory. They are available in most instruments.

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For Application to exams and a list of Associated Board teachers please contact Karin Hollreiser. A practical exam consists of a performance of three pieces, scales, sight reading and aural tests.

Coaching towards these exams is available at the Centre for Young Musicians from Grade 1 through to Diploma Level. We also encourage our students to study towards the ABRSM Ensemble and Choral Exams

For further information please consult the Curriculum



If you are interested in any of the opportunities we have at the CFYM please fill the application below to register your interest. An interview and audition will follow shortly.

We continuously accept applications throughout the year.

We welcome applications from students at all levels and stages in their musical development. We are looking for students from the age of 6 – 18, with a sense of commitment and a passion for music and performance who enjoy working with others towards regular concerts. All our musicians are carefully assessed and are placed with others who are at the same level as themselves. We provide our students with appropriate musical challenges and opportunities.


CYM Performing Music

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Senior Jazz Drums

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Chamber Group

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Jazz Band


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