The Codarts Classical Music programme consists of the following components: artistic development, ensemble playing, context and research, professional development, profile space and exchange.
Structure of the programme
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.
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.
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.
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).
Codarts Classical Music educates musicians who combine solid craftsmanship with an open, adventurous and enterprising attitude. Our graduates are active in the broad music practice from symphony orchestra to musical accompaniment and from opera to wind orchestra. Many of them combine their work as musicians with that of music teachers, in their own music practice or at a music school. Others continue their studies in the Master of Music or the Bachelor of Music in Education.