The Music (MMus) programme offers you two pathways from which you can choose.
The MMus Performance Pathway at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht distinguishes itself by focusing on your personal development into a professional with a strong identity. You will make your own study plan and get the space to experiment and investigate. A mentor and teachers will provide personal supervision. You will also do an internship, practice-oriented research and participate in projects, artist-in-residences, workshops, clinics, and masterclasses. You will analyse all these activities and reflect on context, process, and final product. This allows you to develop a personal professional and artistic vision.
You will choose one of the two specialisations: Performing Musician for the Stages (PMS) or Performing Musician in Applied Contexts (PMAC). PMS focuses on performing music on various stages. From pop concerts and opera, to chamber music and intimate solo performances. The PMAC specialisation examines the application of your musicianship in other contexts such as a teacher, entrepreneur, or producer. A combination of the two specialisations is also possible.
The Master of Music, pathway Music Design (MMus) gives you the opportunity to develop further as an instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, sound designer or music technologist.The Music Design pathway is divided into the following four strands: Composition, Music Production, Music Technology and Sound Design. You can take this pathway if you have passed a Bachelors course in composition, music production, music technology or sound design, or have a Bachelors certificate in a similar subject.
Deadline applies if you do not have the same nationality as the university.)
Deadline applies if your country of nationality is in the EEA (European Economic Area))
General deadline, applies to everyone.)
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Tuition fee for the international students.)
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
It's up to you. What do you want to learn and achieve in the two years? You will write a plan in consultation with your mentor and main subject teacher. You will compile a curriculum based on your plans and ambitions. From being trained in business or organisational skills, stage presentation, and coaching in reflection and research, to main subject lessons, masterclasses, clinics, ensemble coaching and other group lessons. You can also take courses at other HKU schools such as Art and Economics or Music and Technology, or even at another educational organisation altogether.
As a student, you are expected to have an independent attitude and working method, which will continually be tested on a clear and well-founded vision of the future. You have described this vision of the future – your own focus on and vision of your future professional practice – in your study plan.
The study programme consists of individual lessons, group lessons, ensemble coaching and subjects in preparation for the profession. In the research project, you will focus on a specific subject, either individually or in cooperation with other students.
Following your application in Studielink, you need to send:
During the entrance exam you will need to demonstrate your work, your experience and your talent. You will receive information regarding the exact procedure with the invitation for your entrance exam.
The intake session comprises an audition which, when results are positive, will be followed by an interview. For this audition, the admission committee will expect you to prepare a programme of around one hour, with four or five compositions from various style periods. During the audition, you will perform pieces from this programme for approximately twenty minutes.
For HKU music students, the final bachelor’s exam in your main subject will count as the audition for the Master of Music.
Exam feeYou will be charged an entrance examination fee of € 42,50 per main subject (trumpet and piano is therefore 2 x € 42,50)
Following your application in Studielink, you need to send us your:
Entry InterviewCandidates will be invited to attend an entry interview precedeed by an introduction meeting.
International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Netherlands when:
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HKU University of the Arts Utrecht offers preparatory courses, bachelor and master programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, media, games and interaction, music, theatre and arts management. With more than 3,900 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe.