Master Degree: Répétiteurship

The master degree programme répétiteurship educates students for the profession of répétiteur. Central to this programme is the development of piano accompaniment in duos, combined with the role of coach. Students learn to work in a wide variety of fields, such as a répétiteurship with opera houses, choirs, at competitions, and within educational facilities. In addition, the programme includes the basics of a freelance practice. The student also works on an individual basis on developing instrumental and interpretative skills. Admission requirements are a bachelor degree in piano, demonstrable chamber music talent, and sufficient communicative and didactic skills.

The répétiteurship programme is based on actual practice and consists mainly of an internship with the teacher and the co-répétiteur. The student first chooses between two programmes: vocal or instrumental. Although similar, these two programmes are essentially different, preparing students for the specific characteristics of either the vocal or instrumental répétiteurship.

During the first year, the programme concentrates on a wide range of repertoire; in the second year students may specialize in a specific direction. An important part of the programme is the research project, during which a subject related to répétiteurship will be explored.

  • A Bachelor of Music in Piano or in Répétiteurship as a principal subject (Lyon); students with a degree in another keyboard instrument may in exceptional cases be admitted.
  • Students who have passed a bachelor's exam at the CvA are required to do a special entrance exam for this study programme as well.
  • The candidate should have excellent musical and instrumental skills at a potential master's level. An artistic vision and personal views regarding the subject and the repertoire are important prerequisites for admission.
  • The candidate should have demonstrable skills in the field of chamber music, and sufficient sight-reading, communicative and didactic skills.

Online preselection

  • two links to video’s of collaborative playing with different partners and instruments
  • one link to a video of a solo work free of choice

Maximum length in total 30 min.

Live entrance exam

  • a compulsory work to be announced ten days prior to the audition: orchestral reduction of a concerto movement.
  • a compulsory work to be announced ten days prior to the audition: a work or movement for duo with original piano score.
  • prima vista test
  • two works for piano solo free of choice from different stylistic periods
  • an interview with the exam committee

The CvA will provide duo partners for the audition. Following your duo performances we expect a short rehearsal/coaching session.