Study information

T.I.M.E. (This Is Music-theatre Education) is the latest creative department at the Royal Conservatoire and offers students who have graduated from a Bachelor’s programme in the arts a chance to specialise in music theatre for two years. T.I.M.E. is a highly practical course through the close collaboration with companies like De Veenfabriek, a music theatre ensemble in Leiden.

To maintain their vitality, it is very important for study programmes in the arts to transcend the boundaries of particular disciplines and genres and to perform interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research at the points where they intersect. T.I.M.E. is just such a programme. Since the Interfaculty for Image and Sound (now called ArtScience) was established in 1985 by Frans Evers and Dick Raaijmakers, we have played an active and creative role in experimental music theatre. We carry out research into the theory and practice of modern music theatre, with teachers from the professional practice including Paul Koek (artistic director of De Veenfabriek) and Paul Slangen (dramaturge). 

As a Master’s student in T.I.M.E. you will follow your own study programme, which is determined by your research question, performance practice and ambition. The focus in the first year of the course is on artistic interaction. Accordingly, the students work together in a group creative process through which they develop a common creative language on the basis of the input from each individual. You will therefore be expected to establish your own place within the group and in the process. You will learn a particular method of working and mentality underlying the creative process in music theatre. The second year is devoted to your own personal development. You will have intensive contact with a professional specialist of your choice. Students are expected to adopt an open attitude towards their fellow students, other artistic disciplines and society. During the course you will be paired with a social sparring partner to ensure that you remain firmly grounded in the wider society as you complete your artistic training.

Music theatre has a lengthy tradition and its roots can be traced back to the culture of Classical Greece. But it remains a living, contemporary art form. Where music exists by virtue of compositional principles – rhythm, duration, pitch, form, harmony, colour, timbre – music theatre is ideally the art of synthesis and synergy. The blend of text, sound, movement and image creates an experience that goes beyond the limitations of the individual senses. Music theatre demands that its creators have the capacity to transcend those limits. Music theatre therefore uses devices such as the Musician Actor and the Acting Musician and the theatrical space as a score, as composed space.




English & Dutch


2 years


Master of Music

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Department head

Ines van der Scheer

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