As a Student Vocal Studies Classical Music you will be trained to become a flexible and creative professional with excellent communication skills, and an exciting artist with a thorough technical and musical grounding that enables you to give convincing performances on a variety of professional stages. Our graduates 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. And it is clear 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. As a Classical Music singer you can do a minor in Vocal Studies Early Music, and verse 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 Classica land 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 place were you not only feel at home but also inspire each other. Studying is of course also about preparing for the future. During your study you already start building a network, and we will help in that process. We are deeply embedded in the professional community, they know and respect us, and offer chances to perform to our students.

The initial emphasis in the Bachelor’s programme is on your musical development and your vocal technique, the basic skills for a future career. Particularly in the first two years that takes a lot of time. 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 conservatoire. Stage experience is essential for your musical development and therefore public presentations are an integral component of many of the courses. Next to that we offer musical theory subjects, languages and an intensive educational skills course in which you gain experience with teaching. Gaining stage skills is an important element of the curriculum. From the first year of the Bachelor’s programme you will work on body control, basic acting skills and combining singing and acting. In the fourth year, you will complete the course with a small production in which you yourself are responsible for everything from writing the script and choosing appropriate repertoire to arranging the lighting and the sound. The part of the curriculum that concentrates on career skills 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. Right from the beginning of you study there will be a tutor who helps you find your way in your studies.

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75min/ week


4 years


Bachelor of Music

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"I get to collaborate with students from different departments, that is very nice." Fee Suzanne, student Vocal Studies Classical Music

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