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).

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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.

Dual Degree

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.

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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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.

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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.

Halving statutory tuition fees

In 2018 the Dutch government decided to halve the statutory tuition fees for first-year students. The discount is intended for Bachelor’s students who start their studies in higher education for the first time. The exact details of the new legislation can be found on the website of the national government (information is in Dutch). This page also states which conditions you must meet in order to qualify for a halving of the tuition fee

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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 provides information, training, guidance and care. We help to enhance your performance and contribute to your personal development, injury prevention and general well-being. You can contact us for housing assistance, insurance guidance, medical screenings as well as nutritional and psychological counselling. The Student Life Team consists of:

  • The Performing Arts Health Center team (PAHC),
  • Various study coaches
  • A student counsellor

The International Office is also part of Student Life We work in close collaboration with colleagues who are familiar with the high demands of the professional group. Think of scientists, teachers and the artistic staff. 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 program is built on four interconnected pillars: 1. Physical screening 2. Education 3. Services & facilities 4. Research & development Do you have questions or do you want more information? Feel free to contact us by mailing to

Classical Music

+31 10 217 10 58

Kruisplein 26

3012 CC Rotterdam