Study information

Students who complete the Master’s course in Harp earn the title of Master of Music. Many graduates of the Master’s programme at the Royal Conservatoire occupy a prominent role in the music profession in the Netherlands and abroad. During the two years of the Master’s course you will develop your skills to the highest level. The Master’s programme is open to students who have obtained the Bachelor’s degree with a grade of good or very good.

During the Master’s course you will take part in orchestral, chamber music and contemporary music projects. It is an intensive course at the heart of the classical music profession. You will follow cross-overs (courses that are offered in association with other departments) aimed at helping you to refine your personal artistic vision in a broader context.

The Royal Conservatoire offers Master Harp students two Master specialisations: the Orchestra Master (in collaboration with the Residentie Orkest) and the Ensemble Academy (in partnership with five professional ensembles, including Asko|Schönberg and New European Ensemble).

The Classical Music Department plays an active role in today’s music culture. As a Master’s student you will develop a personal artistic vision and style with added value for the music profession. Together we strive every day to create an inspirational climate of learning, creativity and musicianship in which the students and teachers continuously try to draw the best out of each other.

Master Project

In the Master of Music programme, you have the unique opportunity to create a Master Project with your own future in mind. A Master Project is an overarching term which combines the three domains of our master curriculum: artistic development, research and professional integration. As part of the curriculum, you will receive individual and group lessons in your main subject to aid you in your artistic development, you will conduct research on a topic of your own choice, and you will design and initiate your own professional integration activity. These elements and activities all come together in the Master Project. To help you develop your Master Project successfully, you will receive guidance and support from your instrumental/vocal teacher, research supervisor and professional integration coach. Additionally, you will take part in a peer group, in which you can discuss what you are working on. Designing your own Master Project gives you an opportunity to consider your future career and experiment with developing your own professional practice during your studies. When creating your Master Project, you should take into consideration whether it will help you find your place in the professional practice after you have finished your studies. We encourage you to collaborate, and therefore it is possible to do a Master Project together with other students.

If you would like to find out more information, have a look at the Master Project Plan Guidelines at the end of this page.

Educational Philosophy

The educational philosophy of the Master of Music at the Royal Conservatoire enables you to develop your individual artistic vision, personal growth, inquisitive attitude, entrepreneurship and independence, while broadening your cultural horizon, as well as developing your instrumental and technical skills at a high qualitative level. We want our alumni to be excellent performers and composers, but also professionals who can reflect on their role in society, and know how to collaborate and navigate the complex realities of today’s and tomorrow’s music profession.






75min/ week


2 years


Master of Music

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