Study information

Students who have earned their Bachelor’s degree in historical performance practice with a better than average result can follow the Master’s programme in Cello in the Early Music Department. For admission to the Master’s programme your repertoire will be expected to include the Bach Suites III to V and a cello concerto.

The two-year Master’s programme offers you the opportunity to study the main subject in greater depth on the basis of a personally designed study plan. You will receive guidance in three aspects: artistry (your instrument aas main subject), research, and professional practice.

As a Master’s student at one of the largest and most important institutes of its kind you have already demonstrated a high degree of musical proficiency. Naturally, you will be given the scope to take the initiative in shaping your own activities in preparation for the transition to a professional career.

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.





75 min/ week


2 jaar


Master of Music

Tuition fee

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Department head

Teunis van der Zwart

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