Showcase 2013. Photo Peggy de Haan.

the music theatre department

You want to get up on that stage, be a singer, an actor,
share your way of looking at things;
show others what you think is beautiful and important,
tell others what you believe in.

You believe that the world of theatre and music, acting and singing
finds its own specific way to an audience
and touches that audience in its own special way.

You believe that if you can control and apply both of these forms,
there is no limit to what you can do…

Anouk Beugels, Hans Cassa, artistic team Music Theatre

The department
At the Music Theatre department at Codarts the meeting of singing and acting takes central stage. The programme covers a wide area of performing arts combining theatre and music: musical, vaudeville, musical theatre, music theatre, adopting a fresh, new approach to the musical and a bold curiosity for the new music theatre of tomorrow. The highest possible level of craftsmanship in the fields of acting and singing, as well as great authenticity, are the main educational goals. The techniques required for these two main goals are taught on the basis of modern insights.

Click here for the study credit tables. Please note: the language of instruction is Dutch.

The study programme

The first half of the study programme, the 'onderbouw', focuses on technical skills and craftsmanship. You follow the main subject with the elements singing, acting and integration (of singing and acting), as well as a general study programme with modules such as Estill Voice Training (EVT), ensemble, solfiege, jazz dance, modern dance, Gyrokinesis, music history and professional orientation.

In the second half, the 'bovenbouw', you get the opportunity to focus more on your personal musical and theatrical interests and develop these further. The study programme offers various choices, and you are encouraged to develop your own form of music theatre. Besides following regular classes, you will work on larger projects. In choosing these projects we take into account your individual needs and interests, as well as the group composition.

During the entire programme there are several master classes, project weeks and theatre projects. For third and fourth year students, a showcase is made in April of the academic year, for which agents, casting directors, producers, directors and conducters are invited, alongside other interested parties.

The main subject
The subjects singing, acting, and the integration of both, together make up the main subject. In the major classes students are handed tools to develop their expressiveness and artistic talents. Some classes focus on the development of technique and craftsmanship, while others aim to stimulate authenticity, so that students can find their way in various genres of the working field, at the same time developing their individual form of music theatre.

Individual singing lessons are devoted to voice and singing training, based on (among others) EVT. This training method enables you to develop your voice with optimal control and variety of colour, making it suitable for all styles and genres.

The acting classes are divided into separate modules, exploring the various aspects of acting, such as text based theatre, improvisation, the elements method and montage theatre. These modules are taught by teachers who are specialists in these aspects.

The integration classes focus on exploring communication through music and theatre. These are group classes that also involve the stage floor and audiences. Each module has its own emphasis; some modules are more about the profession and skills, focusing on music and text interpretation, while others concentrate on working from your own creativity.

Starting the second year you put their personal touch on your education by choosing a specialisation, either Musical or Modern Music Theatre.

If you choose to specialize in Musical, you will be trained to become a musical performer in the general theatre circuit: large and small musical production, shows, youth theatre, and solo performances. The focus here is on developing singing and acting qualities. For the Music Theatre department this is what the musical profession is all about: integrating singing and acting in a credible and convincing performance. Musical performers possess the singing and acting qualities that are required to carry a key (character) part, and they also have the necessary training and knowhow to function very well in a musical and/or music theatre ensemble.

You are constantly invited and challenged to participate in creative thinking processes, ranging from the interpretation of a song to shaping a complete character and, ultimately, collectively designing an entire show.

Modern Music Theatre
The specialization Modern Music Theatre trains performers who, besides having theatrical, vocal and musical skills, have the flexibility to operate in the cross-over field of multidisciplinary contemporary (music-)theatre.
You will be challenged (and trained) to the extreme in the areas of craftsmanship and authenticity.

The Music Theatre department greatly values the idea that after four years you will leave the academy was a backpack filled with professional skills in the fields of a singing, acting and movement, as well as a very personal vision on how to communicate with, among athers, composers, theatre makers, writers, dancers, and designers.

Through projects you will not only become familiar with the most varied theatre concepts, performances and acting styles, but also with original music, new technologies, singing improvisation, various musical genres and the technique requires to sing these genres. You explore your voice and your broaden your knowledge, and together with (guest) teachers develop your own style.

The labour market

Graduates from Rotterdam stand out in the musical world because of their high level of acting, their imaginative abilities and theatrical feeling. Our graduates also enrich modern music theatre with their greater vocal expression, their musical insight and their musicality.

The Music Theatre department maintains close relations with mainly national theatre and acting companies. Students often collaborate with guest teachers and guest directors. You also collaborate in projects involving people from the professional field and do internships with companies and play in musicals. In addition, you also make your own productions.


- After completion of the programme the student receives the title Bachelor of Music (BMus)

- Click here for the Teaching and Examination Regulations 
- Click here for the online study guide
- The language of instruction is Dutch
- Codarts maintains the international code of conduct with respect to higher education

- Students follow the course Music 34739

- The programme was accredited on 01-01-2011 (