Classical Master's Degree Programme
The Conservatorium van Amsterdam offers a two-year master's programme focused on continued development of the student's principal study, the aim being to train and produce versatile musicians of the highest level, whether they be performers and/or composers.
Students on the master's programme focus on broad, in-depth study of their principal subject. The programme is designed in such a way that students can map out their own course of study.
With a highly varied study programme, students have every opportunity to prepare themselves for professional careers. They are able to combine flexibility and a broad approach with complete mastery of their own particular area of study, receiving optimum guidance that fully enhances their own talents and qualities.
The master's programme maintains a careful balance between knowledge and capability on the one hand and thought and practice on the other. Students completing the course combine full mastery of their instrument with critical reflection and artistic originality.
For the master's programme the conservatorium works in close association with other leading academic programmes. The Jazz Department, for instance, has concluded an agreement with Manhattan School of Music, New York. Students on the master's programme can also attend lectures and study groups at the University of Amsterdam in certain subjects.
Please view the menu on the left for the plan of study and a description of the course components. A description of the study programme principal subject may be found below.
Students on the master's programme focus on broad, in-depth study of their principal subject. Programme details per principal subject may be found in the menu below.
Master's students also carry out thorough research into a subject related to their principal study. Students conclude their research with a dissertation and a public presentation (e.g. a lecture, lecture-recital, workshop or interview). This research is supervised by either internal or external experts.
Each student should take at least two electives and earn a minimum of 20 credits with them in two years. Please click here for an overview of master electives.
To a certain extent master's students are free to spend time on professional activities in addition to the curriculum. They may, for instance, gain professional experience by being placed in a professional orchestra or ensemble. They may also choose to take masterclasses, attend workshops or international competitions, or concentrate on an early instrument, improvisation, ensemble playing or world music. Another alternative is to deepen their theoretical knowledge by taking extra master's electives or attending a single or even several series of lectures at the University of Amsterdam.
The master's degree programme in music comprises 120 credits (based on ECTS; the European Credit Transfer System) to be obtained in two years of study (1 credit = 28 study hours).
Accreditation and degree
The master's programme in Classical Music is a track within the Master Music. The quality of this programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive an accredited master's degree in Music and the title Master Music. Only accreditated degree programmes are listed in the Dutch central register of higher education programmes (CROHO).
More information on accreditation and degrees
2 years, full-time
Language of instruction
Dutch and English
44739 (M Music)
Master of Music