FAQ

Application

The application forms with all the necessary papers must be sent before the closing date for application for the department of your choice. Please click here for an overview of the closing dates.

 

Yes. You are then required to do a separate entrance exam for both instruments.

 

The lessons at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam are taught in Dutch or English. Therefore every student at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam must have a passive as well as an active knowledge of the Dutch or English language. Students who cannot speak and understand English (or Dutch), cannot be admitted to the Conservatorium of Amsterdam.

In order to enrol as a student, foreign candidates from non-English speaking countries outside EU, need to present a TOEFL or IELTS certificate with a sufficient score. The minimum scores can be found under Admission and Enrolment -> general information. The certificate needs to be submitted together with the other papers for the audition. Without a TOEFL or IELTS diploma, or without a sufficient score, the candidate cannot be enrolled as a student.

Candidates from non-English speaking EU-countries are excempted from the IELTS- and TOEFL-requirement in case English was part of the secondary school exam concluded with sufficient result. Evidence should to be added to the application form. All other candidates from non-English speaking EU-countries should perform an IELTS- or TOEFL certificate.
More information

For more information about the tests, where to take them etc, please view: www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org.

No, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam does not offer any part-time studies.

 

Application with a recording is in principle not possible. For only a few instruments an exception can be made, and only if the candidate is from a non-EU country. See also the information under the principal subjects or contact the study secretariat.

 

Admission

For these requirements you must hold to the requirements for the bachelor's degree programme, which can be found on this site under your principal subject. During the exam it will be taken into account that you wish to do the preliminary training.

 

This recording must contain at least three different pieces. For more information see the admission requirements which can be found on this site under your principal subject.

 

You need to submit three different arrangements for the pre-selection.

 

Candidates who previously obtained a bachelor diploma in music or who finished a bachelor theory programme, must sit an ear training-, harmony- and analysis-theory test. Candidates for the Classical master programme are exempted from this test. Only if the master programme candidate is accepted into the bachelor programme, he/she will have to sit the theory test.
Candidates for the Jazz master prgramme always sit a theory test. 

Classical candidates will be assigned an accompanist. Before the entrance exams there will be opportunity to go through the pieces with him/her. It is possible to rehearse with this accompanist a few days in advance in return for a fee. For jazz candidates there is a trio (piano, bass and drums) available with which you can rehearse for about 20 to 30 minutes in advance.
Pop candidates must always bring their own band or accompany themselves.

 

Classical candidates: right after the practical exam the results will be announced, this may be: rejected or admissible (see next questions).
Jazz candidates: right after the practical exam the results will be announced, this may be: rejected, admissible or admitted. If the result is 'admitted', it is assumed that you have passed the theory exam with good results. If you have passed the practical exam but for any reason were not present at the theory exam, the decision will follow after a rescheduled theory exam.

 

Admissible means that you have passed your theory and practical exam and the admission committee considered you as a possible student for the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Your definite admission depends on the amount of  places available for your principal subject. The management will decide in the second half of June how many new students may be admitted to a principal subject and who will definitely be admitted. The results will be sent in writing.

 

Waiting lists occur when there are more admissible students then there are places available.  At the moment it is difficult to say for which subjects this is the case.

 

Yes, but only if you notify us one week before your exam at the latest. 

In principle you will be placed with the teacher of your preference unless there is no place available. In that case you will be placed with a different teacher.

 

Candidates who have not yet reached the required level for admission to the bachelor's degree programme, but are capable of achieving this level within one or two years. Or candidates that already have reached the required level, but are still in secondary education.

 

Study

No. During individual lessons Dutch or English is spoken and the majority of theory lessons is also taught in English.

 

Please see Tuition fees. If you have any questions regarding the (payment of your) tuition fee, please contact the Enrolment Office of the Amsterdam University of the Arts, Jodenbreestraat 3, telephone: 020 527 7734, email: bi@sb.ahk.nl.

 

The fee for contract study may vary per individual and depends on the number of subjects you take. For information please contact Mr. Will Jansen, will.jansen@ahk.nl (for classical music), or Mr. Bram Strijbis, bram.strijbis@ahk.nl (for jazz).

Your schedule will be presented on the first day of the new academic year. During the summer holidays you will receive information from the Service Bureau of the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Make sure we have your correct address!

In principle you are expected to be available five days a week to attend lessons.

 

Though there are some students who combine the Conservatory study with another study, combining two fulltime studies is generally very difficult. You will encounter various problems, such as lessons and lectures taking place at the same time, and the amount of time both studies will take. A fulltime study, like the Conservatory study, requires a time investment of forty hours a week. Obviously your choice of second study also matters; if you want to combine your Conservatory study with Musicology, you might be exempted from a number of subjects. In short: combining two studies is not to be recommended.

 

Yes. The lessons of the preliminary training do not take more than four or five hours a week and are generally scheduled at the end of the day. For classical preliminary students the possibility exists to take lessons on Saturdays.

 

No. For more information on student housing please click here.

 

No, that is not possible. All CvA study programmes start in September.

 

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