Study information

Students who complete the Master’s course in Viola earn the title of Master of Music. Many graduates of the Master’s programme at the 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 their 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 Viola 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.

We believe it is important that you develop into a self-sustaining musician who can handle the ever-changing professional practice well. For this reason you are required to do research on a topic of your choice during the master's programme. You will be assisted by a research supervisor, follow an introductory course about doing (artistic) research and an elective in your first year. You will participate in a Master circle, a 'peer-to-peer ' group consisting of fellow students and a circle leader. At the end of your master’s programme you are required to present the results of your research. Upon registration to the master's programme, you must write a study plan (Master Plan), in which you describe how you want to compile your master’s programme.

Preparation for professional practice
Preparation for professional practice will be on the curriculum throughout the Master. Of course, you will spend a large amount of time on stage in one of the many ensembles and combos, that you and your fellow students set up during the degree. But being an exceptional instrumentalist or singer does not guarantee professional success. The course Professional Integration and Project Management will address issues of the professional world. After this course you will receive individual guidance on creating your own project in your second year.






75min/ week


2 years


Master of Music

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