Professional preparation at the Royal Conservatoire

At the Royal Conservatoire we endeavour to prepare musicians and dancers as well as possible for their future professional career. In light of changes in professional practice and various recent developments (including the Covid pandemic), preparation for professional practice, active collaboration with the profession and the development of entrepreneurial skills are more important than ever.

Students at our institution are prepared in various ways for the constantly changing national and international professional practice. One of the basic principles of our education is to train musicians and dancers to the highest possible artistic standard and so enable them to compete on the international labour market. Our students are guided in their artistic development by teachers who are themselves professional artists. We also understand how important it is for students to come into contact with professional situations during their studies through collaborations with professional partners. We attach great value to the development of entrepreneurship and professional skills, and continuously evaluate whether those elements are properly integrated into the curriculum. We also ask the students themselves to actively think about their future careers and to demonstrate their ability to function as ‘reflective practitioners’ in the profession.

In order to ensure that we match the demands of international professional practice, the results of our education are assessed against international standards by international examiners and through international visitations. We ensure that our teaching achieves the envisaged goals by inviting representatives of the profession to critically review our programmes and by gearing the education to internationally recognised learning outcomes that have been drawn up in consultation with the profession and the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC). Findings from student evaluations and the regular discussions with our alumni are also incorporated in the development of the curricula. Attention is also devoted to social issues, as demonstrated, for example, by the development of new electives devoted to diversity and inclusivity: 'Proactive Diversity and Freedom Sounds: jazz and social movement'.

Each Bachelor and Master programme has a unique set of integrated courses. To read more about the specific courses per department, please click below or visit the 'Departments' page in the menu on the left.

Art of Sound
Art Science
Classical Music




Early Music


Music Education

Music Theory

Practicum Musicae

Vocal Studies