The Classical Music department is committed to training its students to become technically proficient, professional and socially engaged artists and musicians. Our graduates are expected to succeed as practicing professionals. The department places a premium on practical exercises, and on refining the student's knowledge, skills, aptitude and attitude.
The focus of the course is on artistic development. However, artistic mastery and prowess alone are not enough to succeed as professionals. In our ever-changing world, professional musicians are expected to draw on all their social competencies and versatile skills as artists. In addition to their main degree course, students are required during their first two years to take classes in music theory, basic repertoire, entrepreneurship and classes related to their main degree subject. These classes are provided by (guest) lecturers from the Netherlands and abroad.
From Year 3, students can start specializing. Students studying instrumental music can choose to specialize in chamber music, solo performance and/or orchestral music. Students studying solo vocal performance (singing) can choose to specialize in concert work or opera performance.