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In the Bachelor's programme Music in Education, we teach you to teach music to children, adolescents and adults. We do this by providing a practice-based learning environment and close collaboration between teaching staff, students, graduates and the professional field. Through specialisation options, research, free space and particularly teacher training, we create opportunities for you to develop your talent for education, music and innovation. This results in excellent job prospects in the Netherlands and the EU, in all levels of education. You can become a music teacher in primary or secondary education, certain types of higher professional education, special education, institutions for art and education, and social and support services. And you will. Many of our graduates find jobs within a few months after graduation.


Music in Education is a practice-based programme that offers plenty of opportunities to develop your musical, (special) education and teaching skills. The programme uses a wide variety of teaching methods, including project education, individual instrumental/vocal lessons, teacher training and e-learning.

The first two years are mainly dedicated to the development of broad knowledge and skills: educational activities, projects and teacher training. Part of the curriculum has a so-called 10-week structure. The activities within this structure are partly thematic. Each period concludes with a project week. Your professional attitude and development are guided and evaluated. In addition to the thematic approach, there is also a linear method: a learning pathway. This mainly applies to instrumental/vocal education and music theory.

Specialisation starts in your third year. You can choose either Music in Arts Education or Special Music Education. These specialisations will allow you to gain additional competence in your future profession. You can create your own individual profile by taking specific courses and work placements. You will also improve your vocal and instrumental skills further. The specialisation is concluded in the graduation process.

Curious yet? Check out the admission requirements (toelatingseisen) and see whether you're admissible. Here you can also practice some exams for the admission test.

If you have already completed a Bachelor of Music degree, you can take the shortened two-year programme Music in Education Intensive and gain a full teaching qualification for all types of education.


The curriculum overview lists the courses that make up the curriculum of the main subject and the number of credits (ECTS) per year. The document Course descriptions contains most of the courses in the Jazz and Classical Bachelor of Music programmes. Not every course is relevant for each student. In the curriculum overview, you can see which courses are part of your curriculum. The courses are listed in alphabetical order. Please read it carefully. You are required, by the way, to obtain 60 ECs in each academic year of 42 weeks. As 1 credit represents 28 hours of study, you are expected to spend 1,680 hours a year on your studies. That is 40 hours a week. Please bear this in mind.

The specialisation in the curriculum consists of Music in Arts Education (MIK) and Special Music Education (OMB) . You will find general admission requirements under Apply.

Music in Arts Education (Dutch: MIK)
This specialisation is oriented to all the institutions where you might work as a music teacher or educator. In addition to arts education in schools, it covers the entire extracurricular sector, such as education departments of orchestras, arts education institutions like music schools, participation in projects commissioned by local authorities, but also self-employment. This specialisation will enable you to work in any organisation dedicated to arts and cultural education.

Special Music Education (Dutch: OMB)
This specialisation allows you, as a music teacher, to deepen your knowledge of special education and enhance your remedial teaching skills. You will be qualified to teach high-quality music lessons in special education and various types of support and service provision. This includes working with people with a mental or physical impairment, geriatric patients, children with socio-emotional problems, etc. For more information, please go to:

Music in Education Intensive (two-year programme)

The two-year Music in Education programme is intended for students with pedagogical and teaching skills and practising music teachers who have completed an instrumental or vocal Bachelor of Music degree. This programme leads to a teaching qualification for all levels of education, allowing you to use your own musical skills in a broader musical context. After completing the programme, you will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Music in Education.
The curriculum of this degree course is a challenging compilation from the four-year curriculum of the regular Music in Education programme. Depending on your experience and background, you may be granted exemptions for certain subjects and increase the number of options. The programme is tailored to your individual situation. Education is provided both face-to-face and online. If you are not granted any exemptions, you will have two days of face-to-face instruction on Thursdays and Fridays, not including teacher training/work and independent study.

The subjects offered include teaching skills and media, educational theory, knowledge of art and culture, chord accompaniment, singing, choral training/conducting and ensemble playing. All this relies heavily on teaching practice or work in a relevant art-educational environment (education or arts education).

An intake assessment is required to gain insight into your potential for development and eligibility for exemptions. This will take place on the dates of the regular entrance examinations in spring.

This is a government-funded degree programme. You (or your employer) will pay the standard tuition fees and any additional costs for readers, supplementary teaching materials etc.
Visit our Open Day and/or Taster Classes
or contact Marc Rutten, Head of the Music in Education department. You can contact him by e-mail via or by telephone on +31 (0)43 346 62 60. If you want to enrol, please go to Apply.

Curious about the 2-year track admission requirements?