About the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

The Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) is the largest and most diverse conservatory in the Netherlands. With outstanding teachers at its disposal, situated in one of Europe's most vibrant musical centres, the conservatory takes full advantage of Amsterdam's multifaceted musical climate. The CvA is therefore well-placed to help students develop into versatile musicians at the highest level.
There are various scholarschips available for students.

A wide range of courses

The CvA offers courses ranging from classical music, jazz and early music to opera, latin and popular music. Owing to the many special projects, the curriculum guarantees a strong link between theory and practice. Both in the bachelor's and the master's degree programmes students are given ample opportunity to make individual choices and go their own way.

The CvA offers the following courses in the field of professional musical training:
* preparatory courses in collaboration with secondary education and music school
* bachelor's and master's programmes in classical music, jazz, early music, pop music and opera
* a Bachelor of Music in Education degree programme
* part-time course in Music in Education
* special education: Young Talent Division, contract education, refresher and follow-up courses
* Master of Music in Music Theory in collaboration with the Universiteit van Amsterdam

More about these study programmes may be found under Study Programmes.

The Conservatorium van Amsterdam is part of the Amsterdam University of the Arts.

Career Perspectives

A great many former students succeed in developing careers in the diverse music profession. They form their own chamber music groups, play in orchestras, perform with jazz groups, participate in the broad field of music education: teaching privately or at a music school, or leading workshops, they instigate and organize projects or have their own ensembles or choirs. Every effort is made to prepare students for the practical and business aspects of the music profession, a field which changes all the time.

Students of the Music in Education programme are trained first and foremost to teach music in primary and secondary education, senior secondary vocational education (MBO) and higher professional education (HBO). Many of them will also go on to work as choirmasters, music consultants, general music instructors at music schools, conductors of instrumental ensembles, or to do social work, or work in arts management.

Studying in the Netherlands

Information about practical matters you will have to deal with when you come to study in the Netherlands may be found here.