Study information

Students who complete the Master’s programme in Vocal Studies Classical Music earn the title of Master of Music.

It is a two-year course and consists of three main components: Artistic Development, Professional Preparation and Research. To a large extent, you can design each of these components yourself. We therefore ask you to submit a study plan (known as a Masterplan) when you register. In that plan you must describe the content of the programme you intend to follow.

At the start of the course you will work with your teacher(s) on further developing your vocal and artistic skills. Naturally, you will also expand your network both inside the Conservatoire and elsewhere. We are deeply embedded in the music profession and companies and ensembles know and respect us and offer our students numerous opportunities to perform in operas, special music theatre productions and chamber music recitals, to give solo concerts and to appear in professional vocal ensembles.

The course in ‘Professional Integration and Project Management’ is an important component of the curriculum in terms of exploring future career possibilities. During the course you will write your own project plan, for example for a series of concerts, a collaboration with a composer, a staged choral project or something entirely novel. It is entirely up to you. You will receive help in carrying out the project from a professional coach who is active in the relevant discipline.

Meanwhile, you will be conducting research on your chosen topic under the guidance of a supervisor. You will follow an introductory course on performing (artistic) research and attend meetings of a Master Circle, a peer-to-peer group consisting of fellow students and a circle leader. You will complete the Master's programme with a presentation of the results of your research.

Ideally, the three components of the Master’s curriculum would be connected. For example, your project plan could be linked with the topic of your research. Your research could result in the performance of specific repertoire as part of your Master’s exam, and your singing teacher will coach you in developing repertoire.

It is also important to note that our students come to experience the Royal Conservatoire as a ‘community’: a pleasant, friendly and inspiring environment.

To find you what this all means in practice, visit our Facebook page, where you can also communicate directly with current students!






75min/ week


2 years


Master of Music

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Department head

Monica Damen

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