You manage your own professional study route

  • Master
  • Full-time
  • 2 years
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Master of Music

2 years
Dutch, English
Master of Music
120 ECTS
Start: September
  • Arts and Culture

The Master of Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire is an innovative master’s programme for students who are talented, passionate and socially engaged.

Your professional practice as a musician is central to our programme. By integrating performance, entrepreneurship and research, the programme prepares you for the profession at the highest level and to respond to the challenges and opportunities in society at large.

We are a professional learning community challenging talented musicians to develop into competent and socially involved professionals. As creative makers, they are able to develop innovative concepts and transform them into artistic, meaningful musical products and services. This is how our learning community connects with, and enriches people and society. The Master of Music educates engaged, first class musicians with different cultural and musical backgrounds. Our aim is to help you develop and share your talent, and to move the world together!

Several study routes are available to you: Classical Music, New York Jazz, New Audiences & Innovative Practice (NAIP).

Course overview

Your professional practice as an artist is our main focus, and that can be realised through our integrated learning system. An expert team of teachers/coaches will provide supervision and assessment throughout your study. Under our guidance you manage your personal study route, as worked out in your study plan.

The curriculum is built around the three main courses: 

  • Performance
  • Practice-based Research
  • Entrepreneurship 
Grafiek Master of Music

These three courses together form your principle study, which is called Professional Practice. The development of your own professional practice will be the basis of your study within these courses. For Classical Music, New York Jazz and New Audiences & Innovative Practice there are specific subjects.

In addition, we offer Open Modules, which allow you to shape or broaden your principle study. These may be classes within your study route, classes from other study routes, projects of your own design, or extramural activities. Furthermore, there is a mentoring programme to guide you in the practical and philosophical aspects of reflecting on the progress and direction of your principle study.

General information Master of Music

A student's superior musical and performative competence is rooted on knowledge of technical and interpretative skills in music. These serve as a basis for their capacity to perform as an ensemble musician, soloist, artistic collaborator, creator or leader. Each student determines his or her own specific area of professional development, as a singer or an instrumentalist, as a composer, improviser, arranger, leader, or conductor, etc. The Master of Music programme promotes artistic performance within a spectrum of forms, contexts and media. Students develop a strong sense of artistic identity which reflects their awareness of past and current developments in music, other arts disciplines and society.

Entry requirements

The Master of Music programme is the sequel to the Bachelor of Music, both nationally and internationally. Target groups for admission are recently graduated Dutch and international Bachelor of Music students. The Master of Music programme may also be interesting for candidates who have been working in the professional field for several years.

All candidates must have:

  • convincing musical and artistic capacities;
  • a study attitude that is inquisitive and open-minded; investigative and innovative; independent and reflective;
  • professional and intellectual capacities on the level of higher education.

In addition, candidates:

  • want to make an active contribution to the further development of professional practice;
  • want to delve into the meaning of music practice for society.


Both the conservatoire and Hanze UAS offer several options for scholarships: the Hanze Music Scholarship, the Vrienden of the Conservatoire Scholarship, GasTerra Scholarship, Hanze Scholarship and NL Scholarship (formerly Holland Scholarship). 

Please visit this page to find out more about scholarships. 

Applying for the first three can be done by filling in this application form (open April 1 - June 5)
Students who are admitted to one of our programmes will receive an email in due time to apply for  the Hanze Scholarship and NL Scholarship.

The following steps are required:



Fields of interest

  • Arts and Culture
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