Study information

The students at the Royal Conservatoire form many ensembles in the course of their studies. Some are established for just a while, but some establish a ‘flow’ and decide to build a career together. The Master in Chamber Music is intended for highly motivated ensembles with the ambition to establish a career in chamber music. The programme is open to groups of between two and six musicians who must apply as a full ensemble.

Pianists with a preference for a career in chamber music have the option of receiving lessons in different duos or other combinations. The Conservatoire will help you to find the most suitable musical partners.

During the course you will not only study, perform and record the ensemble’s repertoire, but also devote a lot of time to arranging and composing for your own ensemble, improving your stage presence and aspects such as concert programming, financial management and fund raising. In other words, it is a very comprehensive course that will prepare you and your ensemble for every facet of professional practice.

Every ensemble is assigned a team of chamber music teachers. In addition, you will work with a research coach and a coach for career development.

This Master’s programme is offered with renowned chamber music teachers and ensembles such as the Osiris Trio, the Calefax Reed Quintet and Slagwerk Den Haag.

The Master’s programme in chamber music is part of the which, in addition to The Hague, includes institutes in Vienna, Paris, Manchester, Oslo and Vilnius.

Interested candidates can also opt for the related international chamber music programme offered at the Royal Conservatoire, European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) offered in collaboration with institutes in Vienna, Paris, Manchester, Oslo, Fiesole and Vilnius.

Research

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, 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.

Specifications

Language

English

Duration

2 years

Degree

Master of Music

Tuition fee

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Department head

Marlon Titre

Teachers

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