From a craftsman to a unique professional. You have explored, developed and gotten to know your talent during the bachelor program. During the master, you will develop yourself into a professional with a strong and clear identity.

A strong identity for your talent

You will take main subject lessons, do research, as well as an internship. You will compile the rest of your study program yourself to fit your ambitions.

What will you learn?

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.

Two specialisations

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.

Why this MMus?

The MMus Performance Pathway at the HKU 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 want to develop yourself into a self-aware and critical professional with a personal vision and focus, as well as a reflective and investigative ability. You have an entrepreneurial attitude and you want to be coached and supervised.

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Which profession?

Your place in the professional field depends on your plans and ambitions. The possibilities are endless. The only thing that is certain is that you will become a musical professional in a place that you have chosen yourself. Whether it is an existing place or a profession that you create and develop yourself.


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You could be eligible for funding via a talent grant, the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) or the Holland Scholarship. Read more about scholarships and grants.

More information

For more information about the Master of Music, please contact the Service Desk Student Affairs by e-mail


• Degree: Master of Music (ISAT code 44739 )

• Full-time, 2-year program (120 ECTS)

Admission through entrance exam

• Location: HKU Utrecht Conservatorium

• Fees