As part of the Master of Arts Therapies, Codarts offers a unique part-time music therapy programme of 120 EC. The music therapy programme will run alongside the dance therapy education. With this master the internationally well-known professional training in dance therapy, with a strong basis in dance, gets an equivalent for music therapy with a strong basis in music. Both programmes offer the possibility for advanced professional training and specialisation. Watch our video of the Master of Arts Therapies here:

Based in a conservatoire the arts-based programme covers the main areas in contemporary music therapy and methods, clinical training and research. It is designed to accommodate experienced musicians, music teachers and music therapists to expand and deepen their professional practice both in arts in society as in arts in therapy. This is the first programme in the Netherlands that offers music therapy training for musicians or music educators at master’s level.

The programme looks at music from psychological, biological, physical, expressive, cultural and social perspectives and explores the meaning of music from these various angles. The curriculum focus areas are professional identity, development of music therapy improvisation skills, music therapy theory and methods, clinical training, research subjects, and interdisciplinary work. In generic subjects such as research, psychotherapy and psychology modules, music therapy and dance therapy students work together through joint classes, presentations and group tasks. Music therapy course work is offered separately.

This programme starts every two years. The next possibility to start is September 2022.

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Year 1-2-3

A focus on advanced musical skills and artistic development within music therapy.

Year 1 Developing: in year one the focus is on development, growth, play, creativity within music therapy, finding out about one’s own and other’s musical preferences and values, exploring improvisation in music, learning different MT approaches and methods and diversity issues and developing of musical skills and artistic development. Through critical reflection students learn to connect theory& practice to personal interest and qualities; building up the enquiring mind and getting acquainted with mental health care institutions through fieldwork visits.
Classes take place every Friday, two Saturdays per month and three intensive weeks (Oct., Feb. and June/July) per year.

Year 2 Connecting: year two will focus more on practice; pathology and different client populations, treatment goals, observations, building up confidence and identity as a dance therapist, leadership styles and skills, and sharpening research skills. Students may begin an internship and will most likely continue this into the third year.
Classes take place every Friday, two Saturdays per month and three intensive weeks (Oct., Feb. and June/July) per year.

Year 3 Integrating: in year three the acquired and accumulated skills, knowledge and experience of the first two years will be further applied into the internship, and into the research project leading into a master’s thesis; the integration of it all.
No scheduled classes in year three as students will have an individual route for internship and research. Music therapy supervision and research labs are offered as a rule every three weeks on Saturdays.


The Practice-Based Research modules and the research project leading to the master thesis offer professional tools for the music therapy student at two levels: First it generally contributes to an increased understanding of music therapy. Second, it introduces enquiry, evaluation and research methods that help the MT practitioner to understand and develop practical approaches to treatment. Students learn how an enquiring approach adds value to the therapeutic profession. Learning outcomes are on master’s level: conducting in-depth music therapeutic diagnostics; designing and evaluating music therapy research, interventions, protocols and guidelines. By searching for information and developing evaluation skills, students are able to link therapeutic experience with theoretical knowledge and practice-based evidence and acquire the skills of a reflective practitioner.

After graduation

Students emerge as critically engaged and enquiring music therapists. Their training enables them to make significant contributions to the further development of the field, both nationally and internationally. A qualified music therapist can be employed in different areas, such as mental health care, public health services, social service agencies with crisis intervention programmes, day centres, forensic settings, special education, geriatric institutions and in private practice. Music therapists can work preventatively, for example in ‘arts for health’ projects. Music therapists at master’s level are able to conduct research, publish articles and move on to a PhD degree.

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Each programme has its own admission procedure with accompanying selection criteria and supplementary requirements. To be admitted to the Master Music Therapy at Codarts:

  • a specific entrance audition must be passed,
  • you should be in possession of a bachelor diploma, or equivalent,
  • you must have a minimum of two years work experience after having acquired the bachelor degree.
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Practical info

In the Netherlands there are two types of student tuition fees: statutory tuition fee and institutional tuition fee. Whether one qualifies for one or the other of the fees depends on the following. If you satisfy the condition of nationality (1) and you did not already obtain a master’s degree in the Netherlands (2), you are applicable to pay the statutory tuition fee of € 2.209 (academic year 2022-2023). In case you do not meet requirement 1 and 2, you pay the institutional tuition fee.

Ad. 1 You have the nationality of a country which is part of the European Union (EU), or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Suriname and Switzerland. Or, if coming from another country, you already have a Dutch or EU residency permit (for instance through work or partnership).

Ad. 2 You do not already hold a degree from a master’s programme (or equivalent) in the Netherlands before starting your master’s programme at Codarts.

Ad. 3 The Dutch government does not issue study permits for part-time studies, such as ours, to people from outside the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Suriname and Switzerland. So, if not in possession of another kind of residency permit, it will not be possible to join our master’s programme.

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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 dean

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. Research
2. Education
3. Support services & facilities
4. Research & development

Do you have questions or do you want more information? Feel free to contact us by mailing to

Master in Music Therapy

+31 10 217 10 82

Kruisplein 26

3012 CC Rotterdam