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.
After registering through Studielink, 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. 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 your motivation letter 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 application deadline is 1 February 2018.
The entrance exams will take place between 2 and 14 April 2018.
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 and an interview. 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.
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.
For students graduating from HKU Utrechts Conservatorium, the final exam of the main subject will count as the performance audition for the Master of Music. The admission interview will be scheduled prior to the final exam.
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