Study information

Students who have earned their Bachelor’s degree in Composition can audition for admission to the Master’s programme. The Master is a two-year programme. With your Bachelor’s degree you have been trained to a good professional standard, but with the Master’s programme you will develop a more distinctive personal style.

As in the Bachelor course, you will be taught by prominent international composers/teachers, from whom you will gain a clear impression of current practice and the standard expected of a Master’s student. You will now be working mainly on long-term composition projects, sometime in combination with other disciplines. On completion of the Master’s programme wou will posssess a sound level of craftsmanship and a wealth of experience in collaborating with professional musicians and ensembles. You will be capable of reflecting on your work and interpreting it in the context of current trends in contemporary art.

During your Master’s  studies you will conduct research on a subject of your choice: research ‘in and through musical practice’. You and the other students will meet regularly to discuss one another’s research under the guidance of a coach in the Master Circle.

On completion of the Master’s course you will have gained considerable experience in working with professional musicians and ensembles such as ASKO|Schönberg, the Nieuw European Ensemble, Residentie Orkest, Ensemble Klang, Modelo62, Kluster 5 and venues like Korzo, Studio Loos, Gaudeamus and the Nutshuis. In the ‘research in and through musical practice’ component of the curriculum you will study the theory and practice of composition in more depth. We also offer a  cross-over programme, consisting of a selection of electives with which you can broaden or deepen your professional knowledge and musical training.






2 years


Master of Music

Tuition fee

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Department head

Martijn Padding

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