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.

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.

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.





2 years


Master of Music

Tuition fee

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Department head

Martijn Padding