The Codarts Pop programme consists of the following components: artistic development, ensemble playing, context and research, professional development, profile space and exchange.
The first year (the propaedeutic phase) consists of a broad introduction to the profession. You grow as a musician and as a person.
- You learn how to better understand and control your instrument.
- Together with fellow students you form a band. You learn how to play and write music together and you work in a recording studio.
- Studying general music theory and music history gives you a better understanding of the music that you make.
- You take part in project weeks. There are many different programmes to choose from, from microphone technique to stage presentation.
- You take an introductory course in business and health & well-being (hearing protection, responsible use of your voice, et cetera).
- In the lessons about home recording you learn about editing and recording techniques.
You are becoming increasingly independent during the second year. You are much more a ‘maker’ than in the first year.
- Classes in your major subject are arranged around your needs and technical development: you follow a ‘custom-made’ programme.
- You take an introductory programme in teaching, also in practice. For instance, you coach bands or give music lessons.
- Home recording lessons continue.
In the third year, your own unique artistic personality becomes more explicit.
- There is more ‘free space’ than in the previous years, to take minors or do other projects.
- You gain more experience in teaching as well. You do an internship and learn about teaching methodology and education.
- When you complete the minor Education, you get an education certificate, which authorises you to teach at music schools.
- You can take classes at other music departments of Codarts, to broaden your knowledge.
- You take part in interdisciplinary projects with other departments at Codarts and/or with students from the Willem de Kooning Academy. For instance, making video clips or creating a performance with students of circus art.
By the time you graduate you will be an experienced artist, maker and entrepreneur who knows the profession from A to Z.
- You organise a final presentation and write your graduation paper.
- At the final presentation you demonstrate how you present yourself to the world as an artist. You choose the format that suits your graduation major (this is often a live performance). You organise all this yourself, from repertoire to venue, decoration and PR/marketing.
- You have a flourishing practice by now, which is reflected in a fine CV.
- You fill your free space with subjects of your own choice.
After your graduation you will be a great musicians with a high artistic and entrepreneurial level. You are able to create your own place in the music industry and are active across the entire musical practice. Often you combine different qualities: playing in a band or as a soloist, working on music productions or working as a music teacher. During you study you will get to know our extensive network in the music industry from which you can benefit after you graduation.