Study information

The one-year course in Sonology was introduced in 1967 and is being given for the fiftieth time in the 2017–2018 academic year. The course covers a wide range of subjects including digital sound synthesis, analogue studio techniques, live electronic music, algorithmic composition, sound installations, field recording and sound and space. All lessons are taught in English.

The course was originally intended as an advanced course in electroacoustic music for musicians, composers, artists and engineers. But this one-year course also provides good preparation for the Master’s programme in Sonology for students with a Bachelor’s degree in a subject other than Sonology During this preparatory year you can make your own choice from the range of subjects offered. Admission to the course is determined on the basis of a portfolio and a letter of motivation. There is no live entrance exam.

Sonology is the field of study involving experimentation with electroacoustic music, digital music and the art of sound. The pioneers of the age of electronic music include figures such as Dick Raaijmakers (who studied at the Royal Conservatoire), Steve Reich and Edgard Varèse, sound composers with an inquiring mind who dared to move off the beaten track. Whereas sounds are the building blocks for composing instrumental music, practitioners of sonology design and  compose the sounds themselves – digitally, on the basis of physical principles of sound and on the basis of perception, but also purely on the basis of compositional motives. The explosive pace of advances in the field of (computer) technology and electronics is also creating new possibilities for music and composition. Sonologists investigate these possibilities and add new elements to the musical domain. We are not bound by conventions or stylistic dogmas, but stretch the limits of the genre. It is an important role that we play and one that is integral to the world of new music.

The Sonology department 
The Institute of Sonology is a creative department with an extensive network of partners that includes the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) in Paris, the Netherlands Music Institute (NMI), the Studio for Elektro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam, Studio LOOS in The Hague, the Technische Universität Berlin and the Game of Life Foundation in The Hague.






1 year



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Department head

Kees Tazelaar

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