Study information

The Master’s course in piano at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague will train you to become a performing jazz musician with an inquisitive and independent approach. Having already displayed your special talent during the Bachelor’s course, you will now build on that ability during the two-year Master’s course. You will have the opportunity to deepen your stage experience and develop your own artistic vision and style, for example during master classes given by guest lecturers from the jazz world. 

In the first year of the Master’s programme you will give a public recital that demonstrates your ability to perform as an independent jazz pianist. You will expand your musical spectrum and enhance your skills by taking a minor in the Classical Music department. At the end of the second year you will sit your final exam. You can choose the programme for this public performance yourself. 

During the Master’s course you will naturally perform regularly with one of the many ensembles and combos that you and other students will form during the course. The main focus of the Master’s course in jazz is your future professional career. The curriculum therefore includes a lot of practical experience. For example, the Royal Conservatoire’s Big Band has frequently performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival. The Conservatoire also has an extensive exchange programme with other leading institutes around the world. Graduates of our Master’s programme in jazz are to be found all around the world where they have acquired an outstanding reputation in the international jazz community with their unique vision and sound.


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.






75min/ week


2 years


Master of Music

Tuition fee

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Department head

Wouter Turkenburg

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