Study information

Students in the Vocal Studies Department are trained to become flexible and creative professionals with excellent communication skills as well as exciting artists whose thorough technical and musical grounding will enable them to give convincing performances on a variety of professional stages. Graduates of the programme appear in opera houses around the world, are active in chamber music and modern musical theatre, sing in professional choirs and ensembles and are teachers. It has become clear to us that the careers of our alumni increasingly involve a combination of the various disciplines.

We therefore encourage you to enhance your skills in every facet of the profession, with a guarantee that we will provide you with a sound technical basis for your singing and a thorough knowledge of the various musical styles and genres. Students who choose to follow the Bachelor of Vocal Studies Classical Music stream can take a minor in Vocal Studies Early Music, and vice versa. A minor in Sonology, Composition or Choral Conducting are other options. The projects arranged by the Vocal Studies Department are usually organised in collaboration with instrumentalists from the Classical Music and Early Music Departments and students from the Composition Department or the Jazz Department. Through these joint projects our students come to experience the Royal Conservatoire as a ‘community’: a pleasant environment in which to inspire others and to be inspired by them.

Studying is about preparing for the future. During your studies, you will build a network and we will help in that process. We are deeply embedded in the professional community, and they know and respect us. As students you can take part in musical theatre productions, perform as a soloist in concerts or join in projects in community centres or schools.

Bachelor's programme

The initial emphasis in the Bachelor’s programme is on your musical development and your vocal technique. These form the basis for a future career and particularly in the first year a lot of time is devoted to them. In later years of the programme you will work more independently in developing your talent as a musician and singer. You will then be able to choose from a wide range of elective subjects and participate in projects and productions inside and outside the Royal Conservatoire. Stage experience is essential for your musical development and public presentations are an integral component of many of the courses in the curriculum. Drama is another very important element of the curriculum. From the first year of the Bachelor’s programme you will work on body control, basic dramatic techniques and the art of combining singing and acting. In the fourth year, you will complete the course with a small production in which you will do everything yourself – from writing the script and choosing appropriate repertoire to arranging the lighting and the sound. The component of the curriculum devoted to preparation for professional practice covers not only practical aspects such as how to write a good CV and developing entrepreneurial skills, but also encourages you to reflect on who you are as a person and a musician and how you can use that self-awareness to create your own profile as a musician.

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75min/ week


4 years


Bachelor of Music

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Monica Damen

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