Master of MusicThe study
Master of Music Performance
Mode of study:
Utrechts Conservatorium
Master of Music
2 years

Master of Music in brief

  • A professional master’s-level music programme
  • A personal plan of study that fits your ambitions
  • Teachers who care about your personal development
  • Intensive coaching from specialised teachers and a study coach
  • You can take classes at the other HKU schools, and at other educational institutions

How do you know if the Master of Music is right for you?

Performing musician, cultural entrepreneur, producer, conceptual designer – if one or more of these roles appeal to you, and if you’d like to grow into a music professional with a strong identity, then we’d like to get to know you.

Why the Master of Music at HKU?

You can expect us to take a strong interest in your personal development. You’ll draw up your own plan of study, and you’ll have the room to experiment and explore. You’ll get personal coaching from instructors who are specialised experts and from a study coach. You’ll also do artistic research, and plan and carry out a practical project. What’s special about this master’s programme is that you can choose from elective subjects, projects, workshops, clinics and masterclasses so that you can prepare yourself in the best possible way for the professional world.

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Master of MusicWhat will you learn
Master of Music

What will you learn

While doing this master’s programme, you’ll grow into a professional musician with a strong identity. You’ll examine what that means for you, and what appropriate competences you want to develop. You’ll be the ‘master’ of your own learning path, during and even after the master’s programme, in your development as a professional musician.

Study plan

You’ll take main-subject courses and do research, and you’ll do an internship. With coaching from your study coach and main-subject teacher, you’ll write an overarching study plan that fits with your own ambitions. This plan will result in a package of courses, research proposal and a plan for a practical project. In addition to your study plan, you’ll write a job-application cover letter and get feedback from your study coach. At a point further along in your studies, you’ll add a reflection and some concrete goals that make it clear what you’re going to do to prepare yourself for the professional field.

Course Structure

Study plan and Midterm

During the first few weeks, you’ll write up a study plan that fits with what you want to achieve, with help from a study coach and your main-subject teacher. You’ll also take group classes to learn from your fellow students.

Artistic Development
Every week you'll have a 75-minute lesson. Depending on your profile, you'll develop enhanced (instumental, vocal, creative) competences or a combination with expanded (technological, entrepreneurial, productional, educational) competences. You'll discuss the realization of your artistic plan and what your final performance will look like with your main-subject teacher. Additionally you can choose a accompaniment, correppetition, or a secondary subject that helps your with your artistic development.

Artistic Research
You’ll also choose an area of research that interests you. After some classes in research skills, you’ll draw up a research pan, and then you’ll carry out the research.

Practical Project

An internship at a production company, educational institution or booking agency – during your practical training you can do any of these. Internships are the way to find out whether these jobs and skills are a good fit with you. You’ll write up a project plan, and after the project you’ll round it off by writing an evaluation and reflecting on what you’ve learned.

Elective courses, ensemble playing and projects
You'll decide a part of your study programma yourself. You can take elective courses and play in ensembles and/or projects like larger orchestral or Big Band projects, or individual band projects. You'll decide how to give these elements a place in your study programme.

Midterm Presentations

The midterm presentations in both study years take place in January. You’ll talk to a team of instructors how you’re shaping your course of study and how your main subject studies are progressing in the context of your other academic work. You can talk with them about whether you’re on the right path.


You’ll end the second year of your master’s programme with a final performance, which will show that you’ve gained the required competences of the Master of Music Performance. This final performance highlights the entire context in which you’ve completed your own path of study.


You can take courses within all of HKU Utrechts Conservatorium, like ensemble playing, stage presentation, Music, Art & Culture and Learning Strategies. You can also take courses at other HKU schools (such as HKU Art and Economics, and HKU Music and Technology) or even at another educational institution.


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Master of MusicWhat will you make
Master of Music

What will you make on the course

Wat will you make?

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After completing the degree programme, you’ll be a professional musician with your own identity. You’ll have a Master of Music degree, and can put the letters MMus after your name. With this degree you can do all sorts of things: as a vocalist, instrumentalist, composer, producer, sound designer or music technology expert. It’s up to you!


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Master of MusicApplication and Admission
Master of Music

Application and Admission

The course is something for you if:

- You’d like to develop or broaden yourself as a professional music performer. Think of excellence within your specialization, or broad functionality within your profile. 
- You have completed or will soon complete a professional musical study course in the Netherlands, or a comparable programme elsewhere

During the selection procedure, we decide whether the course suits you.

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Admission dates

All admissions for the academic year 2022-2023 will be scheduled between 4 and 16 April 2022. As soon as the admission dates for each instrument have been determined, they will be published here. You can apply for the academic year 2022-2023 until 1 February 2022.

Prior Education

You are eligible for this master’s programme if you have completed or will soon complete a professional musical study course in the Netherlands, or a comparable programme elsewhere.

Selection Procedure

Apply for the Master of Music via Studielink. During your application you choose the specific main subject.

Entrance Exam

During the entrance exam, you will demonstrate your work, experience and talent. The practical entrance exam will be live at the conservatory, between 4 and 16 April 2022. Make sure you're available during this period.

Please note: this also applies to students who want to progress from the bachelor's program of the HKU Utrecht Conservatory to the master program.

Admission Assignments

Below you will find the admission assignment

After the practical admission you will receive a result/advice from the admission committee. You will receive the official, final result of your entrance exam by e-mail no later than 1 May 2022.

Please note: there can be a difference between the advice and the final result. This is because sometimes more candidates are admissible than can be admitted.

There are three options:

  •      You have been admitted to the master's program
  •      You have been admitted to the pre-master
  •      You have been rejected

Study Costs

HKU has different rates for tuition fees. Depending on your situation, you pay either statutory or institutional tuition fees.

Calculate your tuition fee
  • The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science anually sets the statutory tuition fees. The statutory rate applies only to students from the Netherlands, another country in the European Economic Area (EEA*), Switzerland or Suriname, and students who meet the nationality criteria of the Dutch Student Finance Act (WSF 2000).  

    (* EEA countries comprise the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein).
  • HKU sets the institutional tuition fees on the basis of the statutory rate. Students who have already completed a course in higher education and students from outside the EEA usually pay a higher rate.

    Partly as a result of legal changes, the rate for institutional tuition fees for non-EEA students may rise considerably in the coming years.

  • Read the information on the study costs page.

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