Study information

The Master’s programme in Theory of Music builds on the knowledge you have acquired in the Bachelor’s course. With this Master’s degree you will be fully qualified to teach music theory at every level, including at a conservatory or the Musicology faculty at a university. The vast majority of jobs that are advertised today stipulate a Master’s degree as a requirement.

There are three main strands to the two-year Master’s curriculum.

The first is the métier: these are modules covering the core repertoire of this variant of the Master’s programme − Western music from the late Renaissance to the present day. You will learn to follow the Analysis/Creating Music/Literature model and will also be able to take various electives.

The second strand is the research: it is important to us that you develop into an self-sufficient musician, with the ability to adapt to the ever-changing practice. Therefore, you will conduct your own research within you Master's Degree. You may use the Kodály Specialisation of the Royal Conservatoire in this endeavour as well.  You will be guided by a supervisor, follow an introductory course on artistic research and an elective in the first year. You participate in the Master circle - a peer-to-peer group of students and a circle leader. At the end of your Master's Degree, you present the results of your research. By visiting meetings, congresses, symposia, and study days, you become involved in music theory and versed in international music theory discourse. 

When you apply for the Master, you hand in your Master Plan, in which you describe how you would like to set up your Master's Degree. For more  information, click here

The third strand is methodology: you will perform research into a specific aspect of methodology and present the results in writing and orally. In that context, you will also participate actively in the international discourse (in this case specifically with respect to the teaching of music).

The course is a Master’s specialisation. You can determine the direction you wish to take and the curriculum yourself. The focus can be on analysis, creating music (compositional and/or improvisational) and specific methodological issues in relation to the musical repertoire from the late Renaissance up to the present. In September 2017 the Royal Conservatoire will start offering a full Master in Theory of Early Music, which will focus specifically on music theory from the Middle Ages up to the early Romantic period.






2 years


Master of Music

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Department head

Paul Scheepers

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