Studying music is different from studying other subjects. We learn by doing. Our "examinations" consist of things like preparing a concert. It’s hard to classify musicians according to a standard system of marks. That’s why music school is more about the environment and the opportunities that are being offered. Students spend time playing together, doing projects, and performing in combos. You find other students who have the same passion as you and say, "Let’s jam, share, do things together.
Do you dream of a musical career? At the Conservatorium Maastricht you will develop your musical talent and prepare yourself for an international career. You can choose from Classical Music or Jazz. Both study programmes are English-taught and attract many students from abroad. Also (guest) lecturers come from all over the world. This creates a vibrant, dynamic environment through all of the lessons, concerts and (international) projects.
- Location Maastricht
- Duration 4 years, start in September
- Degree Bachelor of Music
- Language English
About the education
The Classical Music department is a close-knit community. We work towards one common goal: to let our students blossom, in an amicable atmosphere, into excellent musicians whose energy and creativity offer a valuable contribution to the international world of music and to society.
Making music is at the core of the programme. The master-apprentice relationship is central your artistic development, with the main subject teacher acting as master and coach, for the main subject as well as orchestral training and chamber music. All orchestral instruments, piano, organ and guitar are offered as main subjects.
What will you learn?
The Bachelor's programme in Classical Music aims to offer the right balance between technical skill and creativity, professional and artistic development, theory and practice, using teaching methods that are as practical and active as possible. Students work together with their teachers, with each other and in regular contact with the professional world, to develop into valued and competent musicians.
The curriculum consists of Instrumental, Vocal Studies, Composition, Music Theory and Conducting and your Specialisation. There are masterclasses, (orchestra) projects, operas, trainee placements and much more. Within vocal studies, there is a strong focus on opera. You can find the curriculum overview on the Conservatorium Website.
You are prepared for the profession of soloist, member of an orchestral ensemble, composer, choral musician, accompanist or teacher. Or you will work for a music company, a recording studio or concert agency.
Playing jazz requires creativity. The ability to see beyond your own boundaries. To let go and then regain control. Jazz is improvisation in any form. Bands with a wide variety of styles rehearse on a weekly basis. You can take part in our Big Band, the Jazz Choir, the Jazzical ensemble or a Latin Band, to name a few. To play at national and international venues, competitions and festivals.
What will you learn?
Composing, arranging, making original music is an important part of the programme. Making music together – is at the core of the programme. The international teaching staff will encourage you to be creative and imaginative, and inspire you to develop your own style. This is achieved through regular lessons, as well as special theme days, workshops, projects, and masterclasses during which students explore a particular style, a musician or band, a rhythm or a concept.
You become a versatile, creative, all-round jazz musician.
Online Jazz Open Nights
Want to know more? Join us:
- 17 January | Guitar | 19:00 h
- 24 January | Saxophone | 19:00 h
- 25 January | Piano | 19:00 h
- 27 January | Brass | 19:00 h
- 31 January | Vocal | 18:00 h
- 08 February | Bass | 18:30 h
As a degree-seeking student you will have to pay annual tuition fees. Students from the EU pay the statutory tuition fees, and non-EU students pay the institutional tuition fees. Normally speaking, these fees are waived for exchange students from partner universities.
Facts and figures
Are you interested in how our current students rate this study programme? And how your chances are at the labour market? Check the objective information that's based on public reliable sources. With this overview you can compare our programme with the national average.Are you interested in how our current students rate this study programme? And how your chances are at the labour market? Check the objective information that's based on public reliable sources. With this overview you can compare our programme with the national average.
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