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.
Codarts Symphony Orchestra: Firebird Ballet Suite (1945) by Igor Stravinsky – behind the scenes (10 February 2021):
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. Each year you gain more and more stage experience.
To take the step into the professional field, Classical Music students can audition for an internship at several of Codarts’ partners in Rotterdam. These include the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam and the Doelen Ensemble – all renowned companies where students can gain their first professional experience.
With us, 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 and directing (orchestra, wind orchestra, choir).Read more
Year 1 - 2
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.
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 - 4
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.
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.
Do you have an artistic talent, as well as a hunger for academic knowledge? You can now mix arts and academia in metropolitan Rotterdam. Codarts and her partners from the Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab offer you the possibility to combine theory and practice in a five-year Dual Degree programme. For more information, click here.
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.’Read less