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World Music, BMus

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Unique in the world: the World Music program of Codarts Rotterdam. It offers higher vocational education in the following specialisations: flamenco guitar, Latin Music (including Brazilian Music, Caribbean Music and the majors voice, percussion, piano, double bass, e-bass and wind instruments) and Turkish Music.
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Overview

Each section of the World Music program of Codarts Rotterdam has its own team of specialised teachers and musicians of world renown, such as Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Peña, Argentinian pianist and composer Gustavo Beytelmann, Turkish ney player Kudsi Ergüner and latin drummer Liber Torriente.

Year 1-2

The first year is a broad introductory year. The focus is on developing your technical skills and gaining knowledge of your specialisation.

  • By playing in ensembles every week you build a repertoire, improve your technique and learn about styles and rhythms.
  • You study music theory, in your own field and Western music. In this way you learn to communicate in both ‘languages’.
  • You start taking classes about production and recording techniques.
  • There are many opportunities to perform: with the Bollywood Orchestra or a sangat (Indian music), with OTRA (the Orchestra Típica of the Tango section), STRADOC (Anatolian music) or with a salsa, Brazilian or flamenco ensemble.

In the second year, your independence as a performing musician becomes more important.

  • This year as well you gain much stage experience. You participate in performances organised by Codarts. For example: the Flamenco Biennial, Tango or Flamenco Specials, concerts at the Doelen (Rotterdam’s concert hall) and the Open Day and Open Night at Codarts.
  • You take the course ‘Music Worldwide’, which deals with the major music-cultural movements of the world.
  • You learn how to pass on knowledge in an educational setting by coaching ensembles of fellow students and/or doing an internship in music education.
  • You study a variety of musical styles and take part in cross-over projects.
  • You take classes in entrepreneurship and learn how to pitch a project.

Year 2-3

The third year’s focus is on your own unique personality as a performer.

  • You choose a number of minors that can help deepen or broaden your profile.
  • In the main subject classes, the emphasis is on your technical skills and on developing your own style.
  • Your teachers increasingly become ‘coaches’. It is up to you to express what you wish to learn.
  • At the start of the second semester you pitch the subject for your graduation paper. This paper will be finished in the final year.
In the final year you concentrate on your graduation. You may also choose additional minors.
  • At the end of the first semester you hand in your paper, which you present before an assessment committee and fellow students. The paper demonstrates that you can reflect on your discipline and a high level.
  • In the fourth year as well you take minors to broaden or deepen your profile.
  • In the second semester you present yourself as a performer at your graduation concert. In roughly an hour you show the jury and the audience what you have accomplished. You organise all this yourself: from decoration to PR/marketing.

After graduation

After your graduation you will be a great musician with a high artistic and entrepreneurial level. You are able to create your own place in the music industry and are active across the entire musical practice. Often you combine different qualities: playing in a band or as a soloist, working on music productions or working as a music teacher. During you study you will get to know our extensive network in the music industry from which you can benefit after you graduation. Some of our students continued their studies with a Master of Music.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

The first year is a broad introductory year. The focus is on developing your technical skills and gaining knowledge of your specialisation.

  • By playing in ensembles every week you build a repertoire, improve your technique and learn about styles and rhythms.
  • You study music theory, in your own field and Western music. In this way you learn to communicate in both ‘languages’.
  • You start taking classes about production and recording techniques.
  • There are many opportunities to perform: with the Bollywood Orchestra or a sangat (Indian music), with OTRA (the Orchestra Típica of the Tango section), STRADOC (Anatolian music) or with a salsa, Brazilian or flamenco ensemble.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • To be admitted at the Bachelor of Music (World 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 Tuiton 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.

Funding

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