Study information

Students who complete the Master’s course in Vocal Studies Classical Music earn the title of Master of Music. Many graduates of the Master’s programme at the Royal Conservatoire occupy prominent positions in the music profession in the Netherlands and abroad. During the two years of the Master’s course you will develop your skills to the highest level. The Master’s programme is open to students who have obtained their Bachelor’s degree with a grade of good or very good.

As a Master’s student you will develop a strong personal musical vision and ambition. During the course you will follow the curriculum for your main subject and take part in various projects and master classes. An important element of the course is the Master Research.

The entire Master’s curriculum is geared to preparing the students for their future professional career. Being be a very good singer is not enough for a successful professional career. The courses in Performance & Communication and Project management & Entrepreneurship cover numerous aspects that will be relevant in pursuing a professional career. You will receive personal guidance to help you make your own choice of a future career. Above all, however, you will of course do a lot of singing.

Professional preparation

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.

The entire Master’s curriculum is geared to preparing the students for their future professional career. Being be a very good singer is not enough for a successful professional career. The course Project management & Entrepreneurship covers numerous aspects that will be relevant in pursuing a professional career. After this course, you will receive personal guidance to help you shape and execute your own project during the second year.

Vocal Studies Classical Music

The Vocal Studies department enjoys worldwide renown for training top-flight singers and exciting artists whose thorough technical, musical and artistic training enables them to give convincing performances on a range of professional stages. Graduates of the programme appear in opera houses around the world, are active in chamber music and modern musical theatre, are teachers or sing in professional choirs and ensembles or as soloists in oratorios and cantatas.
The department encourages its students to develop their skills in every aspect of the profession and supports them in that process by offering a varied curriculum that includes a wide range of projects they can participate in both inside the Conservatoire and elsewhere. The department has an extensive network of contacts in the profession so that you will already have the opportunity to perform with chamber music ensembles, orchestras and choirs during your studies. Our students are often invited to sing in productions of the Residentie Orkest, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Dutch National Opera Academy, the Netherlands Bach Society, Cappella Amsterdam, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Netherlands Vocal Laboratory (Vocaallab) and the Asko|Schönberg ensemble.


Teachers

Specifications

Language

English

Lessons

75min/ week

Duration

2 years

Degree

Master of Music

Tuition fee

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Department head

Monica Damen

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