Classical Music


As a musician, you want to reach the highest possible level in an inspiring, international setting where you can develop your experience and can be yourself. At Codarts, we offer you this setting.

Our renowned teachers help you to reach your desired top level. In addition there are plenty opportunities for collaboration with the other departments: from pop to world music, from dance to circus. This provides you with the inspiration and incentives to go your own way.

You can benefit from our excellent connections in the world of music. Each year you gain more and more stage experience. You develop yourself into a ‘performer-plus’: you not only know how to deliver a strong performance, but you are also capable of transferring knowledge, doing research and managing your own business.

Our majors are: voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, piano, organ (including church music), composition, directing (orchestra, wind orchestra, choir) and music theory.

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Year 1

The first year is a broad introductory year focusing on essential areas of study:

  • Principal study: development of technical and artistic skills.
  • Projects: you are a member of an ensemble, orchestra or choir, if possible in collaboration with other departments.
  • Theory including harmony, analysis, counterpoint and music history. This helps you to better understand the pieces that you play or sing.
  • Performance: you take part in the ‘open podia’ (‘open stages’) at Codarts and present yourself as a performing artist.

Year 2

During the second year you broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills, both in theory and in practice.

  • You get many major lessons, next to the theory, analysis and music history lessons (as in year 1).
  • Introductory course in teaching. You learn how to transfer knowledge to a variety of target groups.
  • A new subject this year is Music Worldwide. You learn about a wide range of musical styles.

Year 3

Year 3 offers you the chance to develop your strengths and make choices towards your future career. Your musical personality becomes more and more defined. This year includes:

  • A choice of minors from a large and diverse offering. From entrepreneurship to homerecording and conducting.
  • Continued classes in theory, analysis and history of music.
  • Working towards a historically informed performance. You explore and experience how music was performed in its time: a must for every musician.
  • You take an introductory course in teaching. You learn how to transfer knowledge to a variety of target groups.

Year 4

This is your graduation year, when you demonstrate your abilities as a highly qualified and original performer.

  • At your lecture recital you present a piece of music that you have analysed and rehearsed, demonstrating that you know how to analyse your compositions. You also show your presentation skills and originality as a performer.
  • Another important project this year is the writing and presenting your graduation paper.
  • As in year 3, you choose a number of minors from a large and diverse offering.
  • In May or June you present yourself as a performing musician in a final recital. In a concert of roughly one hour you perform various styles of playing or singing in front of a jury and audience, both solo and in an ensemble.

After graduation

The Department of Classical Music trains musicians who combine robust craftsmanship with an open, adventurous and entrepreneurial attitude. Our graduates are active across the entire musical practice: from symphony orchestra to musical orchestra, from opera company to wind instrument ensemble. Many Codarts alumni combine their work as a performing musician with teaching. They either have their own teaching practice or their work at music schools. Some continued their studies with a Master of Music or a Bachelor of Music in Education.

Marleen A-tjak, (graduation year 2013),
now a second-year student of Master in Music (viola)
‘As a Master’s student I’m mainly occupied with research. This immersion broadens your view of the subject. (…) After Codarts I hope to obtain a position in an orchestra. It’s wonderful to create something beautiful with others.’

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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 Bachelor of Music (Classical 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 havo diploma, mbo bve-level 4 or a (foreign) certificate of equivalent value, in which the subject packet or the profile is of secondary importance. In special cases the above diploma demands can be set aside. The student-to-be then has the possibility to take a capacity test, to check if there is sufficient general development to be able to follow the study. The fees for this test are charged to the student-to-be.

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.


Our teachers will be more than just your teacher. They will be your coach and mentor during your study. Our teachers have won their spurs in professional practice and bring their knowledge to the classroom. They will inspire and stimulate you to fully deploy and use your talents. You’ll find yourself transferring their influences to your projects and performances.

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Student life


Student Life is a high quality student support programme, that enables you to realise your full potential and have a successful and joyful study career. Student Life offers information, education, guidance and care in areas relating to performance enhancement, personal development, injury prevention and general well-being.

We offer services ranging from housing assistance, insurance guidance, medical screenings as well as nutritional and psychological counselling. Our team consists of: a Performing Arts Health Centre team (PAHC), study coaches, a student counsellor and an international office. We work in close collaboration with colleagues such as embedded scientists, teachers and the artistic staff, who are familiar with the high standards of the profession. As we are committed to support the individual learning needs of all students, we recognise the diversity of disciplines within performing arts and within different cultural backgrounds.

Our Student Life programme is built on four interconnected pillars: screening, education, support services & facilities, and research & development


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

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Classical Music

+31 10 217 11 81

Kruisplein 26

3012 CC Rotterdam