The entrance exam consists of an audition and an interview.
General admission requirements
One condition of admission is that you can demonstrate that you have completed, or will shortly complete a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Music in Education in the Netherlands, or a similar degree course abroad.
Please register before the February 1st deadline through Studielink.
After registering, we will send you a confirmation of receipt, giving precise details of what you should do and what we expect of you. Part of this is to send us a motivation letter and CV. For the main subject Composition, we also require a portfolio. You will receive details of what to include in the portfolio after your application via Studielink.
If we receive all required documents in time, you will be invited to sit the entrance exam. You will be informed of the day and time of your exam at least two weeks in advance. This day and time cannot be altered.
The deadline for applications is February 1st 2019.
The entrance exams will take place between April 1st and April 13th 2019. In the pdf you find the reserved dates per main subject.
Dates practical exams BMus and MMus (pdf)
Please note all dates are provisional and subject to change.
There is a limited capacity for the admissions. Here you can find more information regarding availability.
Audition and admission interview
During the entrance exam, you demonstrate your work, experience and talent. You will receive information about the exact procedure along with the invitation to the entrance exam.
The entrance exam comprises a live audition (except for main subject Composition) and an interview. This also applies to students who just graduated from the HKU Utrechts Conservatorium bachelor's program. In the admission interview, your letter will be discussed and you can explain your study plan. It is important to give a clear explanation of your learning goals to the admissions committee, as you will be organising your Master’s studies yourself to a large extent.
For your live audition, you will prepare 20 minutes of music – playing both solo and together. This is a determining factor in deciding on your admission. Let us hear in which area you want to develop during the master, and how you want to profile yourself. Therefore you are free in the choice of repertoire.
A few examples:
- if you want to develop primarily as a performing musician, then you must be able to demonstrate sufficient competency for this through your performance standard and the experience you have already gained;
- if you want to specialise as a creative/composing musician, then of course you will have to let us hear your own compositions;
- if you want to develop your musicianship in a jazz and pop context, for example as a classically trained musician, you must demonstrate in your programme how you want to cross these borders artistically;
- if your learning goals are primarily in the field of education, then you will have to demonstrate your performing qualities in this context and relate them to the study plan you have outlined;
- if your focus is on production, you should demonstrate this at your live audition;
- if you have multidisciplinary learning ambitions, then you should demonstrate as clearly as possible to the committee how you want to develop further as a performer.
The live audition takes place after your interview. The committee will take the results of this interview into consideration and come to a decision on the basis of both the interview and the performance.
Accompany during audition
Preferably you bring your own musicians. You can rehearse before the audition. If you want to be accompanied by students from our study program (HKU Combo), you must indicate that with your application in Studielink. Make sure you have well-readable parts with you, printed, and in quadruplicate. To play in advance with the HKU Combo is not possible.
Classical Music and Historical
There is a pianist to accompany the auditions of classical music.
In the main subjects of historical instruments, a harpsichordist is present as accompanist. You can also bring your own accompanist. Make sure you take the sheet music out with you. You can rehearse before the audition but not with the accompanists of HKU.
Preferably you take along your own musicians as an accompaniment. Otherwise it is also possible to be accompanied by the admissions committee. Make sure you take the sheet music printed out with you.
Students who have done their preliminary studies outside the Netherlands or Dutch-speaking Belgium must meet the language requirements for Bachelor’s courses.
For more information about the language requirements, please visit studentportal.hku.nl/language