Music, Master

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  • 24 months
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The Prince Claus Conservatoire of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen 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 a difference in our society.


The Prince Claus Conservatoire has a special profile, which we call Music & Society. Because we believe that it is important and possible to stay close to your personal musical ideals and to carry these out to a broad audience. We are not afraid to experiment because following the beaten path does not lead to unexpected discoveries. As Robbert Dijkgraaf says: "In a creative process it is not about finding the 'on-switch' but about not touching the 'off-switch." the slogan of Hanze University share your talent. move the world. suits us, that is what studying music at our institute is all about.

Passion and ambition

We only admit young people who have the same passion and ambition that we have: passion for music in all its meanings, meaning for ourselves and for the world we live in. This is what we are known for and this is why young musicians from all over the world make the conscious choice to study at the Prince Claus Conservatoire. And that is why we have high scores in surveys such as the Choice Guide Higher Education and the National Student Survey.

Fulfilling your dream

Studying at the Prince Claus Conservatoire means that you may expect from us to make every effort to guide you towards a fantastic musical career. And we need you to study hard in order to fulfill your own dreams. Whether you want to become a performing musician, an inspiring music teacher, a musical entrepreneur, a composer or a music researcher: it is only possible when we work hard to accomplish your ideals!

Your own musical view

We especially work towards developing your personal view on music. Artistic and artisanal capacities are leading. But also essential are musical collaboration, social awareness, networking, communication, research and entrepreneurship in order to realize your ideals.

International environment

We offer an international environment to develop your talent as much as possible together with partners such as the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Swingin'Groningen Festival, the Peter the Great Festival, internship at schools, a network of 30 conservatoires throughout the world, main sponsor GasTerra and many others.

We live up to our motto “Share your talent. Move the world” by challenging 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. We have gained the title Best Conservatoire of the Netherlands a number of times.

Programme Structure

Choosing for music is a challenge

Studying at Prince Claus Conservatoire means that you will participate in various study projects throughout the year. In project weeks you and your fellow students will be working towards concerts for the Chamber Music Week, the Orchestral Repertoire Week, Splendid Strings, the Jazz Arranging Project, Vocal Volume, Spring Variations or the Choir Project. You will be performing with renowned musicians and orchestras during Size Conducting or the orchestral internships. You can join the Big Band, the Creative Ensemble, the New York Top Ensemble or one of our classical (chamber) orchestras and ensembles. You perform at musical presentations and (lunch) concerts at various locations. And this is just a random selection. Obviously you can also work on your own projects.

International projects

Students can participate in various international projects and exchange programmes. As a jazz student you are given the opportunity to visit the New York jazz scene and classical students of the conservatoires in both Groningen and Bremen play in the Hanze Symphony Orchestra with an internationally renowned conductor. You may attend workshops and master classes by your musical heroes. If you are a student in the Music in Education department you will have the opportunity to learn from fellow students from international music in education programmes during the Intensive Projects. Due to an extensive European exchange programme you are able to study abroad for half a year or more.

Participating in festivals in Groningen

In and around the city of Groningen we have many festivals you can visit, or even participate in. To name a few: Our own Peter the Great Festival is the largest chamber music festival of the Northern part of the Netherlands with over 50 concerts in eleven days. The festival also consists of a Summer school for young gifted pianists, string players and vocalists. City Proms is a collective term for a series of one-day classical music festivals in various cities and villages in the province of Friesland. Both Music and Music in Education students are involved. The city of Groningen is the capital of art and science during the Night of Art and Science; lectures, workshops exhibitions,
debates, scientific experiments, music, theatre, ballet and unique performances where art and science literally meet. Noorderzon is one of the largest performing arts festivals in the Netherlands; A ten day open air festival in one of the beautiful parks in Groningen with theatre, visual arts and music. Many of our students perform here.Sounds of Music is a modern music festival, both classical and improvised, on various beautiful locations in the city of Groningen.Groningen has an ancient canal route, which hosts the Canal Festival with music and cultural activities. Additionally we cooperate with various organisations and venues such as the Groninger Museum,Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen and De Oosterpoort.

Study routes

The Prince Claus Conservatoire Master of Music offers four study routes:

New York Jazz

International study programme jazz ‘New York comes to Groningen’. Top musicians from New York come to Groningen every week and students spend a semester studying in the Big Apple.

Classical Music

International study programme on classical and new chamber music. Guest professors from Paris and other international institutes.

New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP) (Jazz + Classical music)

Focuses on the changing profession of musicians, new target groups and community arts. In cooperation with conservatoires in England, Iceland, Sweden and The Hague.

Instrumental Learning and Teaching

Focuses on the changing profession of instrumental and vocal education.

Wind Band Conducting

The study route Wind Band Conducting deepens the profession of conductor in a changing professional field. Besides intensive lessons of renowned (guest)teachers, you are being challenged to think along about the profession’s future. You are in an ongoing search for renewal and improvement of yourself as an artistic leader. You also work together with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Netherlands Army Band ‘Johan Willem Friso’, and the North Netherlands Harmony Orchestra, amongst others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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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Academic Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Music candidates will be required to pass an entrance examination. In order to be invited for this examination candidates must complete the application form. The deadline for the application form along with the other required documents is May 1st.

The costs for the entrance exam are € 25,-

Applying after this date is only possible in consultation with the school board.

In order to be invited for the audition the candidates must possess (at the latest before the Master program starts) a Bachelor of Music degree or demonstrate an equivalent level of skills for all required competences. The auditions will take place between May and July and possibly also in September.

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    7500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1984 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1984 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

750 - 1000 EUR/month
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