Study information

It is entirely possible that despite your passion and motivation you have not yet attained the level required for admission to a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme at the Royal Conservatoire, for example because you only discovered your love of music or a particular instrument later in life.

For those situations we offer a one-year Preparatory Course, a specifically designed programme to enable the student to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. Most departments offer a Preparatory Course for both their bachelor and master programmes.

Preparatory Year - Bachelor

    • Main Subject lessons (50 minutes per week, 34 weeks per year)
    • General Theory lessons (100 minutes per week, 36 weeks per year)
    • Classical Music students: Coach pianist (12,5 minutes per week, 34 weeks per year)
    • Vocal students: Coach pianist (25 minutes per week, 34 weeks per year)
    • Conducting students: participation in Wind Band Conducting group lessons related to the main subject
  • Hoofdinstrument les (40 minuten per week, 30 weken per jaar)
  • Theorieles (algemeen voorbereidend, 100 minuten per week, 36 weken per jaar)
  • Liedbegeleiding aan de piano (25 minuten per week, 34 weken per jaar)
  • Deelname aan Docent Muziekkoor
  • Pedagogisch-didactische lessen (6 tot 8 bijeenkomsten per jaar, incl. locatiebezoeken/kijkstages, po/vo)
  • Deelname aan projecten (Cultreis, CASE, koorweek), NB er zal geen vrijstelling voor deze projecten worden gegeven wanneer studenten doorstromen naar de bachelor.

Orientation course Composition, Sonology, ArtScience

Preparatory Year students prepare for the theoretical and musicianship elements of the bachelor programme in group lessons of 2 x 50 minutes per week. The aim is for students to reach the necessary level to pass the theory test at the audition for the bachelor programme.

The following subjects are discussed: scales (major, minor, church mode), intervals, triads, seventh chords within major and minor scales, simple chord progressions and cadenzas within a key, basic rhythmical patterns within common time signatures. Students will learn to recognise these elements by ear, read and sing from notation, and name and notate. Study materials are Exploring Theory with Practica Musica and materials given by the teacher.

The weekly theory lessons normally take place on Saturdays. In 20/21 the theory lessons will, at least for the first months, take place online on Monday evening, from 7-8.40pm.

Preparatory Year - Master

    • Main Subject lessons (50 minutes per week, 34 weeks per year)
    • Classical Music and Vocal students: Coach pianist (25 minutes per week, 34 weeks per year)
    • Early Music students: Compact Course Early Music (2 hours per week, 36 weeks per year)
    • Conducting students: participation in Wind Band Conducting group lessons related to the main subject
    • Two lessons of 45 minutes per week, 36 weeks per year, in which the necessary knowledge and skills will be taught, tailored to the student’s needs.

If you have questions about other master programmes, please contact the head or coordinator of the relevant department.

Acceptance to the Preparatory Course does not automatically mean that you can continue to the Bachelor or Master programme. You are expected to apply and audition again for the first year of the Bachelor or Master programme. The Preparatory Course is not a Bachelor or Master programme and students are therefore not entitled to Dutch student finance or a student travel product. Students under the age of 18 may be entitled to child benefits from the Social Insurance Bank.

Specifications

Language

English

Duration

1 year

Tuition fee

Check 'Tuition fees'

Contact

The relevant head or coordinator of the department

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