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Classical Music, BMus

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Rotterdam, Netherlands
As a musician, you want to reach the highest possible level in an inspiring, international setting where you can develop your experience and can be yourself. At the Classical Music program of Codarts Rotterdam we offer you this setting.
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Overview

Our renowned teachers help you to reach your desired top level. In addition there are plenty opportunities for collaboration with the other departments: from pop to world music, from dance to circus. This provides you with the inspiration and incentives to go your own way.

In the Classical Music program of Codarts Rotterdam you can benefit from our excellent connections in the world of music. Each year you gain more and more stage experience. You develop yourself into a ‘performer-plus’: you not only know how to deliver a strong performance, but you are also capable of transferring knowledge, doing research and managing your own business.

Our majors are: voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, piano, organ (including church music), composition and directing (orchestra, wind orchestra, choir).

Year 1-2

The first year is a broad introductory year focusing on essential areas of study:

  • Principal study: development of technical and artistic skills.
  • Projects: you are a member of an ensemble, orchestra or choir, if possible in collaboration with other departments.
  • Theory including harmony, analysis, counterpoint and music history. This helps you to better understand the pieces that you play or sing.
  • Performance: you take part in the ‘open podia’ (‘open stages’) at Codarts and present yourself as a performing artist.

During the second year you broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills, both in theory and in practice.

  • You get many major lessons, next to the theory, analysis and music history lessons (as in year 1).
  • Introductory course in teaching. You learn how to transfer knowledge to a variety of target groups.
  • A new subject this year is Music Worldwide. You learn about a wide range of musical styles.

Year 3-4

Year 3 offers you the chance to develop your strengths and make choices towards your future career. Your musical personality becomes more and more defined. This year includes:

  • A choice of minors from a large and diverse offering. From entrepreneurship to homerecording and conducting.
  • Continued classes in theory, analysis and history of music.
  • Working towards a historically informed performance. You explore and experience how music was performed in its time: a must for every musician.
  • You take an introductory course in teaching. You learn how to transfer knowledge to a variety of target groups.

This is your graduation year, when you demonstrate your abilities as a highly qualified and original performer.

  • At your lecture recital you present a piece of music that you have analysed and rehearsed, demonstrating that you know how to analyse your compositions. You also show your presentation skills and originality as a performer.
  • Another important project this year is the writing and presenting your graduation paper.
  • As in year 3, you choose a number of minors from a large and diverse offering.
  • In May or June you present yourself as a performing musician in a final recital. In a concert of roughly one hour you perform various styles of playing or singing in front of a jury and audience, both solo and in an ensemble.

After graduation

The Department of Classical Music trains musicians who combine robust craftsmanship with an open, adventurous and entrepreneurial attitude. Our graduates are active across the entire musical practice: from symphony orchestra to musical orchestra, from opera company to wind instrument ensemble. Many Codarts alumni combine their work as a performing musician with teaching. They either have their own teaching practice or their work at music schools. Some continued their studies with a Master of Music or a Bachelor of Music in Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Principal study: development of technical and artistic skills.
  • Projects: you are a member of an ensemble, orchestra or choir, if possible in collaboration with other departments.
  • Theory including harmony, analysis, counterpoint and music history. This helps you to better understand the pieces that you play or sing.
  • Performance: you take part in the ‘open podia’ (‘open stages’) at Codarts and present yourself as a performing artist.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • To be admitted at the Bachelor of Music (Classical Music) at Codarts a specific entrance audition must be passed. Each area of study has its own admission procedure with accompanying selection criteria and supplementary requirements.
  • To enroll at Codarts you should be in possession of a havo diploma, mbo bve-level 4 or a (foreign) certificate of equivalent value, in which the subject packet or the profile is of secondary importance. In special cases the above diploma demands can be set aside. The student-to-be then has the possibility to take a capacity test, to check if there is sufficient general development to be able to follow the study. The fees for this test are charged to the student-to-be.

Tuition Fee

  • Statutory tuition fee: 2,143 EUR
  • Institutional tuition fee: 8,645 EUR

Living costs for Rotterdam

  • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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