Master of Music MA Open day 19 November 2016


The two-year Codarts Master of Music programme is offered in two profiles: a Performers Profile (for performing musicians) and a Composition Profile (for composers) in the genres Classical Music, Jazz, Pop and World Music.

Students who choose to do the Master of Music make themselves flexibly deployable within the international work field and learn how to distinguish themselves as either performing musicians or composers.

Your development in your main subject is the core of your studies. There is also room to work on your unique selling points by taking a variety of optional subjects and by doing research that is related to your future professional practice. You will receive an annual budget of €500 to help you achieve your Master’s goals.

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Main subject

The core of the programme consists of intense activities in your main subject studies. The first year is concluded with a halfway exam. For musicians this is a concert, while composers present new work. A committee will provide feedback with regard to your artistic development. At the end of the second year, you demonstrate your development, both artistically and in musical technique, at a public concert, before a committee. Composers do so by presenting their work in public.


Master students take part in various ensemble and/or orchestral project. The ensembles vary with each musical genre. In Jazz you play in a specially formed jazz ensemble with one of the teachers as bandleader. In Classical Music you are assigned a position in the symphony orchestra and, if possible, in chamber music ensembles. In Tango you play with the OTRA ensemble, which also features Bachelor students, and teachers. Students of Composition have their work performed by fellow students. Throughout the year, Codarts offers plenty of opportunities to perform, both within the institute and outside its walls.

Artistic research

Artistic research is about choosing a topic that is closely connected to you as a performer-creator, carrying out this research, finding answers, and integrating these answers into your artistic praxis.

In the first semester you follow a specialised research course, in which you learn how to design your research proposal. In the next semesters you attend monthly meetings with people from your research domain, headed by a coach, and present your progress in two feedback sessions and a halfway exam.

In your final research exam you present the results of your research in a lecture-recital (demonstration) before a panel, backed up by your Artistic Research report, a written account of research process and results.

Free space

The Master of Music aims to provide custom-made education by offering a wide range of optional subjects and opportunities for gaining practical experience outside the school itself. By making your own selection of optional subjects and engaging in extramural activities that are related to your studies you add a personal touch to your education. At the end of each year, you present a portfolio in which you account for these optional subjects and activities. Study-related activities may include a concert tour, a recording session or a trip abroad to visit a renowned musician. Some examples of optional subjects are: playing the tango, make a professional recording or engaging in progressive contemporary jazz.

After graduation

As Master of Music you are capable of anticipating changes in the market like no other. You are capable of organising your own projects and of functioning in an ensemble or orchestra, in both a leading and a serving role. The professional practice is becoming more and more mixed, so it is likely that you will be engaged in a mix of activities, such as playing in an ensemble or orchestra, composing, recording, private teaching and workshops, teaching at an institute and doing PhD research.

Agnes Gosling (graduation year 2011), singer
‘I did my Master research on a number of compositions of Milton Nascimento, a Brazilian singer-songwriter. I wanted to record his music, so there’s was an obvious choice of subject. After finishing my studies I made the album, Cais, which was nominated for an Edison Award. And I reached an important goal: I clearly defined my own style as a musician.’

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Although the official deadline for subscription for an audition for the school year of  2017-2018  has been closed, signing in is still POSSIBLE. You can not sign up for the auditions that will be held in March 2017. In mid-April will be announced for which instruments an after audition will take place. If you sign up for the post-audition via you will receive a message via e-mail in mid-April whether a post-audition will take place.

To be admitted at the Master of Music at Codarts a specific entrance audition must be passed. Each area of study has its own admission procedure with accompanying selection criteria and supplementary requirements.

To enroll at Codarts you should be in possession of a bachelor of Music.

Practical info


Under “more information” we give you all the important information you might need to know for your study at Codarts. Information on the tuition fee, useful websites that can help with finding suitable accommodation, how to study at Codarts with a disability, and we give tips for applying for a scholarship. We will help you to find your way at Codarts.

Alumni Master of Music

Many famous musicians, dancers and circus artists have studied at Codarts Rotterdam. This page contains a selection of the jazz alumni.

Click here for an overview


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