Music Theory

A combination of artistic education and theoretical reflection is at the core of Music Theory as a principal subject, both within the bachelor’s degree programme as well as within the master’s degree programme. During the bachelor programme the training aims to provide a thorough grounding in music-theoretical skills – for example analysis, harmony, counterpoint, and instrumentation – while also introducing the student to the major currents in the professional field through the study of theoretical literature. Next to this, the students acquire teaching skills in the form of apprenticeships, and they learn how to work with (young) musicians in a variety of practical settings. Bachelor students qualify as teachers at the pre-college level and at institutions for amateur musicians. Master students qualify as teachers at professional schools and universities, and can compete for international PhD programmes. Depending on the prior knowledge and experience of the new students, it will be decided in which year of the programme they begin. This decision will be taken after the entrance exam.

Most of the lessons for principal subject Music Theory are taught individually, which allows for an intensive and tailor-made study. Next to the regular lessons, other events are organized throughout the course of the school year, both in Amsterdam and other Dutch institutions. These include: colloquia where students and teachers can present work-in-progress; guest speakers such as the yearly “Music Theorist in Residence” programme; and study days and conferences, organized by the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory.