Classic Music

Special remark
Location: Prins Claus Conservatorium, Groningen
What is this programme about

When you choose for a classical music degree, 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. Many choose for a combination between playing chamber music, instrumental teaching at a music school or setting up a private teaching practice. Occasionally a student becomes a soloist on the international stage. Performing as a musician means you are sometimes away on tour and frequently need to deliver a top performance at night and on weekends whilst others are relaxing. In every case, wherever you may later end up, at the Prince Claus Conservatoire you will be trained to become a versatile, well rounded musician of a high level.

Main Subjects

Bassoon - Cello - Clarinet - Bass clarinet - Double bass - Flute - French Horn - Harp - Harpsichord - Oboe - Organ - Percussion - Piano - Saxophone - Trombone (tenor and bass) - Trumpet - Tuba (tenor and bass) - Vocal - Guitar - Viola - Violin
The subjects offered which are related to the main subject are: duo and ensemble playing (chamber music), playing in string orchestra, brass ensemble or percussion ensemble, Italian for singers, and accompaniment. Next to your weekly main instrument lesson, you will also have the following subjects: choir, aural and solfége, contextual studies, creative writing (composition), practical piano, Introduction to "Finale", professional orientation, internal and external work experience, specific and general teaching methods (pedagogy). There is also much attention paid within the Classical department to the business side of the profession. Next to the regular subjects, students also have the opportunity to take part in projects and master classes by renowned national and international musicians.

Study and future

The course of study 
The first year gives you a broad orientation to the degree and your future profession. In the following two years much attention is paid to the pedagogical subjects, amongst which internal and external projects stand central, as well as musical entrepreneurship. The general theoretical subjects are also completed in these two years. In the fourth and final year you can devote yourself completely to the study of your main instrument. The degree is completed with a final presentation which takes the form of a public concert examination.
The practical side of the study
During your study you are mostly busy with the practical side of music: practice, practice, and still more practice. Playing in ensembles and orchestras forms and essential part of the study program. In addition to the many chamber music ensembles, a percussion ensemble and choir also exist within the conservatorium. Large vocal, string and wind ensembles are organised in project form. There are many possibilities both within the conservatorium and outside to build stage experience, such as: in an orchestra, at the chamber music evenings, solo performances, or in master classes. You will also follow organised workshops. During the work experience placements/internships you will get a good impression of your future profession. There is the possibility to do work experience with one of two professional orchestras: the Noord-Nederlands Orkest (NNO) in Groningen and the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel "Johan Willem Friso" in Assen. You can also do work experience with the Groot Omroepkoor or with one of many amateur choirs and orchestras. Along side that, you can gain experience in instrumental teaching as a trainee with a music school or within a private teaching practice.

Graduated, what then?
After your graduation you can work as a performing musician, solo, in an ensemble or with an orchestra. If you are also in possession of the instrumental teaching qualification, then you can work as an instrumental teacher. Most graduates combine, performing, teaching and business.


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Address: Zernikeplein 7, 9747 AS Groningen
phone: +31 (0) 6 139 498 79


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