Creative Performance Lab

The master's degree programme at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam prepares you for a varied professional practice in which you can function as a musician at the highest level. Against the background of this versatile professional practice, CvA's personal master profile or PMP gives you plenty of opportunity to give your studies a personal direction, and to create a tailor-made package of courses.

If you are accepted for your principal subject and admitted to a master profile, when you set out on your master’s study programme you will meet with a study advisor with whom you can discuss your personal profile; on this basis, working agreements are made for the courses you will follow and further facilities for your study.

A Personal Master Profile (PMP) can be given shape in many ways. In consultation with the head of your department, a wide range of well-reasoned choices can be made and set down in the plan of study, such as choosing to work with a historic  version of your instrument, improvisation, the romantic lieder repertoire, or a teaching profile, for example. If you choose, you may also focus your studies exclusively on your principal subject and instrument, without any further delineation.

The Conservatory has worked out several examples of specific content for your Personal Master Profile that you can choose to follow in your principal subject. These profiles are composed of a number of elective subjects and modules. Admission requirements apply for some of them. They can be followed separately, as part of your own individual PMP, but when taken in a particular combination and relationship, they lead to a specialisation in a specific field of study. The CvA offers the following specific profiles for this: Chamber Music, New Music, Orchestral Performance, Creative Performance Lab and Karnatic Rhythm in Western Music. A limited number of places are available for such profiles and specific admission requirements may apply. In such cases, a supplementary audition or selection is part of the procedure. A supplementary audition or selection is sometimes held after you have been accepted and admitted, often before the summer (May/June) or in the first month of the new academic year (September). On this point, see the admission requirements for each profile.

If you have chosen a specific profile, this is shown by an addendum to your master’s degree stating all subjects and modules you have completed and the associated credits. If desired, on the basis of your approved plan of study and the study track you have completed, the CvA can append an additional statement about your personal master profile to your diploma (Master of Music) and to your diploma addendum. If you have any questions about this, please contact the student secretariat ( If necessary, they will refer you to the coordinator of the master profile, the study advisor or to one of the heads of programmes.

Creative Performance Lab
Creative Performance Lab (CPL) is a master profile for classical, jazz and pop students who aim to develop and perform their own productions. Through intensive collaboration with your fellow students, you will develop several performances each year, crossing the border between disciplines such as music, theater, dance, video, and live-electronics. You will be strongly encouraged to bring any skills you may have outside the musical realm, such as acting, writing or videography. With the help of special guest tutors you may explore such skills, bringing them to an operational level and eventually apply them to your productions.

One important aspect of CPL is that the creative process largely takes place in a group setting. You will learn to combine your own ideas with those of the others in the group, in order to develop a coherent and high-quality end product. You will support each other and offer constructive feedback. In this manner, you will create a unique product, resulting from to the creative input of the entire group, which will often head in an experimental direction.

The CPL course starts with basic training in the areas of theater, improvisation and composition. These lessons, given by guest tutors who are specialists in those fields, will challenge you to work in artistic areas that may be new to you. After that, you will collaboratively develop a concept for a performance. Specialized coaches will help you develop and realize your production. You will be trained to relate a chosen theme to your own principal subject, and to the interaction of different disciplines. You will learn to approach creation processes on a conceptual level, developing, applying and communicating the theme of each project. You will also be coached in the productional and organizational aspects of creating your production.

The content of the CPL course is in part determined by your own input and interests. During the course the productions you create will gradually increase in scale. The final performance at the end of the second master year will be performed in an external location and promoted externally.

Creative Performance Lab is designed for curious and creative students who are willing to collaborate intensively in a group setting, with the social skills and responsibilities that come with it. It is important that you are interested in strengthening skills outside the field of your principal subject. You will also be required to approach each performance on a conceptual level: the interaction of different disciplines, the theme of the piece, and its cultural relevance. 

* All stuents who have been admitted to the CvA master's degree programme can apply for CPL.
* In the first week of the new academic year we will schedule an interview with you. We will talk about your motivation and fields of interest, and assess if CPL is indeed the best choice for you. Subsequently you will be informed if you can be placed in the course.

Principal subject: 50
Creative Performance Lab: 30
Research: 10
* mandatory: Building a Successful Professional Practice: 10
* other electives: 10
individual credits: 10

CPL Team
Arnold Marinissen 
Jaco Benckhuijsen  
Jorge Isaac 

guest teachers
Dagmar Slagmolen
Arnoud Noordegraaf
Karina Kroft
Kenzo Kusuda
Marcel Wierckx
en anderen

Head of Classical Music / Head of Jazz

'Transhumance'- Final presentation of Creative Performance Lab 2017

See more performances by students of Creative Performance Lab? Click here!