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Classical Music, Bachelor of Music

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Groningen, Netherlands
When you choose for a Classical Music degree from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, you choose for a profession on your instrument or with your voice. Perhaps you will become an orchestral musician in a large symphony orchestra, or in one of the Dutch military ensembles, or member of a (semi-)professional chamber choir. 
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The Prince Claus Conservatoire feels a strong connection to the northern part of the Netherlands. We are an internationally renowned institute with high standards regarding quality and atmosphere. Our mission is to train inspiring musicians who can make an important contribution in our society. We challenge you to share your talent and passion for music with the world around you. As a future musician or music teacher, you will move the world; by inspiring, motivating and touching people’s hearts.Studying at the Prince Claus Conservatoire means that you will be immersed in an inspiring international environment. We are known internationally for our innovative ideas on studying music. We are convinced that having close contact with ourstudents is of great importance. You become part of our close community when you choose to study with us.

Your future career

After graduation you can work as a performing musician in an ensemble, in an orchestra or as a soloist. Perhaps it is your ambition to play in a renowned symphony orchestra or in one of the Dutch professional military ensembles, or you may wish  to become a member of a professional or semi-professional chamber choir. Many of our graduates combine playing (chamber music) with teaching at a music school, or they give private lessons. Some perform solo in international concerts. Whatever your future path is going to be, at the Prince Claus Conservatoire (PCC) you will be trained to become a versatile musician of the highest quality. If you also studied for a teaching qualification, you can work at a music school or as a private teacher. Most graduates are self-employed, pursuing ‘portfolio careers’ that combine performance with teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Your main instrument is the focal point throughout your studies. The first year is an orientation year. You attend theoretical classes, as well as main instrument classes andlearn through practical training and projects. In the second year, your knowledge and skills are broadened and deepened, in both practical and theoretical subjects. You will study the foundations of musical entrepreneurship and teaching. In the third and fourth year a lot of time is invested in didactic subjects with a focus on work placements (internal, external and project internships). You can make your own choice in elective modules that fit your interests or capabilities. You can, for example, participate in an international exchange programme. In the final year, you focus on your main instrument, leading up to a graduation concert. Playing in an ensemble or orchestra is an essential part of the curriculum. In addition to many chamber music ensembles, the conservatoire also has a percussion ensemble and a choir. Large vocal ensembles, string ensembles and wind ensembles are set up as music productions. There are plenty of opportunities to gain performing experience, through orchestras, at chamber music evenings, in solo performances or in master classes and concerts, both within as well as outside of the conservatoire. You also attend workshops and master classes given by internationally renowned musicians.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

All applicants must perform at the entrance exams, held in the Spring period. This exam consists of two parts: a theory and aural test, and an audition. Each part is approximately 30 minutes in duration and both take place on the same day. It is most likely that you will hear whether you can be admitted to the Conservatoire on that same day. In special cases, it is possible to send in a DVD instead of doing an audition. For more information about the admission requirements and the enrolment procedure, visit our website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7900 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 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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