The course of study
The first year gives you a broad orientation to the degree and your future profession. In the following two years much attention is paid to the pedagogical subjects, amongst which internal and external projects stand central, as well as musical entrepreneurship. The general theoretical subjects are also completed in these two years. In the fourth and final year you can devote yourself completely to the study of your main instrument. The degree is completed with a final presentation which takes the form of a public concert examination.
The practical side of the study
During your study you are mostly busy with the practical side of music: practice, practice, and still more practice. Playing in ensembles and orchestras forms and essential part of the study program. In addition to the many chamber music ensembles, a percussion ensemble and choir also exist within the conservatorium. Large vocal, string and wind ensembles are organised in project form. There are many possibilities both within the conservatorium and outside to build stage experience, such as: in an orchestra, at the chamber music evenings, solo performances, or in master classes. You will also follow organised workshops. During the work experience placements/internships you will get a good impression of your future profession. There is the possibility to do work experience with one of two professional orchestras: the Noord-Nederlands Orkest (NNO) in Groningen and the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel “Johan Willem Friso” in Assen. You can also do work experience with the Groot Omroepkoor or with one of many amateur choirs and orchestras. Along side that, you can gain experience in instrumental teaching as a trainee with a music school or within a private teaching practice.
Graduated, what then?
After your graduation you can work as a performing musician, solo, in an ensemble or with an orchestra. If you are also in possession of the instrumental teaching qualification, then you can work as an instrumental teacher. Most graduates combine, performing, teaching and business.