Master in Music

Hanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen, the Netherlands

Program Description

Master in Music

Hanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen, the Netherlands


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.


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.

Welcome to Groningen!

Master of Music

​​​​​​​​​​Are you a professional musician with a goal? Do you have a specific vision of your future? Then the Master of Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire could be the suitable study to achieve your personal goals. The Prince Claus Conservatoire is internationally known as an innovative institute of high quality with a large regional and international network. The Master of Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire is there for ambitious musicians who want to develop themselves in a self-chosen direction.

Classical Music

The study route Classical Music is aimed at students who are ambitious, have a high level of playing, are curious and who want to work hard to become a top musician. Every year you take part in big projects such as the Hanze Symphony Orchestra, the string orchestra or any kind of ensemble. There is also the possibility for an internship at the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Johan Willem Friso Royal Military Band, the National Travelling Opera, etc.

Study Programme

You choose your own study subject which means that you determine yourself what and how you want to study with us. We call this your study plan. From your personal study plan you work towards the final exam; the lecture recital. We give you the space to realise your ambitions, ideas and goals. You are free to present your lecture recital in any way depending on your own interests, competences and qualities. Of course you are taught by our own renowned teachers. Additionally you work together with international guest teachers during several periods during the years. Ensemble and orchestra performances are a crucial part of the masters programme. From your own playing you have the opportunity to experiment with chamber Music, you deepen your playing skills during the Intensive Master Weeks or you can research your own musical practice. You can choose different optional modules within the Open Credits. You choose these based on your personal goals and competences and fitting your study plan. The complete study programme is aimed at further development of a curious and innovative professional attitude, which helps you to react more focused on the developments within and outside of the professional field.

Main subjects

  • Vocals
  • Piano, organ, harpsichord
  • Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone
  • French Horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba
  • Percussion, harp, guitar
  • Violin, viola, cello, double bass

Project Management & Entrepreneurship

An entrepreneurial attitude is essential to transfer your musical passion to social situations successfully. In the Master of Music you are guided by modules and consults taught by experts in the field of entrepreneurship. Your vision on your personal future is the key here.

Studying Abroad

You have the opportunity to study abroad for a period of time. For example: within the study route New York Jazz, the third semester takes place in New York. Within ERASMUS+ there are scholarships available for students who want to study abroad temporarily. The Prince Claus Conservatoire has contacts with institutes in France, UK, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Romania, Belgium, Spain and many more.

After Graduating

After you graduate you can find a job as a musician in a symphonic orchestra or chamber music ensemble, in (one of Holland’s) military ensembles or in a (chamber) choir. Many musicians combine different musical activities. Some even make it to the international concert stage as a soloist. Where ever the future will bring you, we provide all the tools you need to become an independent, entrepreneurial and curious professional.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 18, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Netherlands - Groningen
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Netherlands - Groningen
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Price EU/EEA: € 2,006 / Non-EU/EEA € 7,500