Unique in the world: the World Music department at Codarts. It offers higher vocational education in the following specialisations:

Each section has its own team of specialised teachers and musicians of world renown, such as flamenco guitarists Arturo Ramón and Alexander Preuss, Argentinian pianist and composer Gustavo Beytelmann, Turkish ney player Kudsi Ergüner and latin drummer Enrique Firpi.

Click here for the serie Codarts World Music which was made by the Dutch TV programme Vrije Geluiden.

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Year 1 - 2

The first year is a broad introductory year. The focus is on developing your technical skills and gaining knowledge of your specialisation.

  • By playing in ensembles every week you build a repertoire, improve your technique and learn about styles and rhythms.
  • You study music theory, in your own field and Western music. In this way you learn to communicate in both ‘languages’.
  • You start taking classes about production and recording techniques.
  • There are many opportunities to perform: with the Bollywood Orchestra or a sangat (Indian music), with OTRA (the Orchestra Típica of the Tango section), STRADOC (Anatolian music) or with a salsa, Brazilian or flamenco ensemble.

In the second year, your independence as a performing musician becomes more important.

  • This year as well you gain much stage experience. You participate in performances organised by Codarts. For example: Tango or Flamenco Specials, concerts at the Doelen (Rotterdam’s concert hall) and the Open Day and Open Night at Codarts.
  • You take the course ‘Music Worldwide’, which deals with the major music-cultural movements of the world.
  • You learn how to pass on knowledge in an educational setting by coaching ensembles of fellow students and/or doing an internship in music education.
  • You study a variety of musical styles and take part in cross-over projects.
  • You take classes in entrepreneurship and learn how to pitch a project.

Year 3 - 4

The third year’s focus is on your own unique personality as a performer.

  • You choose a number of minors that can help deepen or broaden your profile.
  • In the main subject classes, the emphasis is on your technical skills and on developing your own style.
  • Your teachers increasingly become ‘coaches’. It is up to you to express what you wish to learn.
  • At the start of the second semester you pitch the subject for your graduation paper. This paper will be finished in the final year.

In the final year you concentrate on your graduation. You may also choose additional minors.

  • At the end of the first semester you hand in your paper, which you present before an assessment committee and fellow students. The paper demonstrates that you can reflect on your discipline and a high level.
  • In the fourth year as well you take minors to broaden or deepen your profile.
  • In the second semester you present yourself as a performer at your graduation concert. In roughly an hour you show the jury and the audience what you have accomplished. You organise all this yourself: from decoration to PR/marketing.

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

After your graduation you will be a great musician 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. Some of our students continued their studies with a Master of Music.

Ntjam Rosie (graduation year 2009, Vocals Brazilian)
‘My teachers prepared me for what was to come. The music industry is tough and critics are harsh. I deal with them like I did with my teachers. They are only doing their job, sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re not.’

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To be admitted at the Bachelor of Music (World 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

World Music

+ 31 10 217 11 31

Pieter de Hoochweg 125

3024 BG Rotterdam