Do you enjoy passing on your love of music to others? Do you wish to master your instrument at the highest possible level? In our study programme Music in Education you can develop both talents. Watch our video here (Dutch):

A top musician as well as a creative teacher with a personal vision. That is what you will be after four years of study. You take intensive lessons on your own instrument and you develop your personal vision on education in a mostly practical manner.

Through annual internships, practical projects and by creating educational material. In these practical projects you will often collaborate with other cultural organisations and institutes in Rotterdam. You organise concerts, you coach bands and create a musical. The section Music in Education has many connections in Rotterdam.

Did you already finish a study at a conservatory and want to become a music teacher? Take a look at the ‘shortened study path’.

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Year 1

The first year (propaedeutic) is a broad introductory year. You are introduced to many aspects that are important in your future profession.

  • You learn more about a specific target group: young children. You do an internship in primary education.
  • You work hard at mastering your own instrument. You also begin to learn to play other instruments (voice, percussion, drums, guitar and keyboards).
  • The ‘musical’ and the ‘educational’ side are given equal attention in both theory and practice.
  • During all four years of the programme you follow modules in the fields of new media and producing (home recording).

Year 2

In the second year you go ‘deeper’. You continue the subjects from the first year and follow a number of new modules. You begin to shape your personality as a teacher and a musician.

  • You learn more about a specific target group: youngsters. You do an internship in secondary education.
  • New in Year 2: modules about entrepreneurship and drama classes. In these drama classes you work on your personality as a teacher and a musician.
  • You further develop your instrumental skills, also in singing, percussion, drums, guitar and keyboards. At the end of the school year we will assess how you play together with others in a band.

Year 3

In the third year you pick a specialisation. Your independence as a teacher, a musician and entrepreneur becomes more important. You continue the music and education subjects from the first two years and you follow a number of new modules.

  • You pick a specialisation: young children, secondary education or out-of-school musical education.
  • You develop teaching programmes and you learn how to conduct.
  • Together with fellow students you create a musical. You do everything yourself: from composing to marketing/PR. You will perform this musical in a theatre in your fourth year.
  • You conclude your practical music subjects (main instrument, singing, percussion, drums, guitar and keyboards) with a concert in the city.

Year 4

By graduating, you prove that you are an independent teacher with all the required starting qualifications, and also that you are a proficient musician and entrepreneur.

  • You conclude all subjects in music in education.
  • You follow a minor. You can choose from the entire range of musical subjects at Codarts.
  • You do a graduation research, which consists of three elements: research of literature, practical research (including interviews) and an educational product as a result of this research. For instance, a teaching tool for the iPad.
  • Together with fellow students, you have created a musical (see Year 3). As a fourth-year student you take the stage as a performing artist. (For example, at the Hofpleintheater or Theater Zuidplein in Rotterdam.)

Flexible route

The Bachelor of Music in Education is a full-time programme. If you have already completed an instrumental conservatory education (for example, the Bachelor of Music) in full or for a large part, it is possible to obtain the diploma Music in Education at an accelerated pace.

Following an intake assessment, we jointly look at which components still need to be followed in order to obtain the competencies of the national Music in Education training profile.

In most cases you will follow physical education one day a week and you will also work in the professional field; you will learn through the combination of theory and practice. You will receive guidance from our experts.

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To be admitted at the Bachelor of Music (Music in Education)  a specific entrance audition must be passed. Each area of study has its own admission procedure with accompanying selection criteria and supplementary requirements. Important: this study is in Dutch!

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 capacitiy 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.

Students (except students who graduated in the Netherlands or Flanders) who wish to follow the Bachelor of Music in Education must submit a certificate Dutch language (NT2-II) before beginning their studies, not later than 31 August. For more information:

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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,  students taking initial teacher education courses (Music in Education) are eligible for the reduced fee for two years. 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

Music in Education

+31 10 217 11 53

Kruisplein 26

3012 CC Rotterdam