Study information

Students who have earned their Bachelor’s degree in historical performance practice with the harp with a grade of good or better can follow the Master’s programme in Harp in the Early Music department. 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 now put all of the skills you acquired during the Bachelor course to practical use in carrying out your research. Source studies, the use of online databases, style analyses are just some of the facets that will underpin your personal quest.

Good research is a fundamental element of the Early Music curriculum. The regular curriculum will be supplemented with guest lectures and talks by specialists. 

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. 


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. Please take a look at the handbook here.






60 min/ week


2 years


Master of Music

Tuition fee

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Department head

Johannes Boer

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