Classical Music

SubjectMusic, Performing Arts


Type of DegreeBachelor of Music

EU FeesEUR 2,314

Cost non-EUEUR 6,816

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Programme introduction

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 to 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 our students is of great importance. You are not anonymous when you choose to study with us.

Programme structure

Your main instrument is the focal point throughout your studies.

The first year is mainly an orientation year. You attend theoretical classes, as well as taking the main instrument classes and learn through practical training and projects.

In the second year your knowledge and skills will be broadened and deepened, in both practical and theoretical subjects. You will be studying the foundations of musical entrepreneurship and teaching.

In the third and fourth year, a lot of time is invested in didactical 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 may participate in an international exchange programme.

You may participate in an international exchange programme. In the final year, you focus on your main instrument, which leads to graduation concert. Much of your time will be devoted to studying. Playing in an ensemble or orchestra is an essential part of the curriculum.

In addition to many heterogeneous chamber music ensembles, the conservatoire also has a percussion ensemble and a choir. Large vocal ensembles, string ensembles and win ensembles are set up as music production in project form.

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 the conservatoire and outside. You also attend regular workshops and master classes given by internationally renowned musicians.

How to apply

British applicants must have at least three A-levels. If you have BTEC Level 3 qualifications in relevant subjects, please contact us for further advice.

The video below shows you every step you need to take to apply for a programme at Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

Career prospects

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.

Whatever your future path is going to be, at the Prince Claus Conservatoire (PCC) you will train to become a versatile musician of the highest quality. If you also studied for 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.

Continuing your studies after your Bachelor's programme

Do you want to shift your knowledge, career, ambition or passion into a higher gear after your Bachelor's? Enrol in a Hanze Master's degree! Check our website for a complete overview of our Master's programmes:

For more information on the programme, admission and application, Groningen or the Netherlands, please visit our website.

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