Student in Maastricht
Maastricht. City on the river Maas. Built on Roman foundations. Surrounded by green rolling hills. Famous for its cobbled streets, bustling nightlife and rich cultural scene. Not just in the city itself, but also just across the border, as Maastricht lies in the triangle formed by the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Luxembourg and France are within driving distance. Cities like Brussels, Liege, Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf, with their countless venues and museums, are only a stone's throw away. The international appeal of the city of Maastricht is enhanced by the constant influx of students from around the globe. They are drawn to Conservatorium Maastricht, its parent organisation Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, and to Maastricht University.
Bustling student life
The city's bustling student life mainly takes place in the historic centre of Maastricht, where the living is good and the centre is always nearby. Where you can wander around for hours without getting lost. Where you will find lots of nice places to eat and drink. And where cultural events and activities are organised all the time. The perfect place to gain experience at major venues. The ideal place to enrich your studies with the output of other arts programmes, such as iArts, the Jan van Eyck Academy and the Academy of Performing Arts. An even better place if you want to learn more by joining the many concert and opera houses, orchestras, choirs, wind bands, ensembles and music festivals in Maastricht and other cities in the area.
There is a lot of nice, small-scale student accommodation in the centre of Maastricht. A large part of it is rented and maintained by the housing corporations Woonpunt, Servatius and Maasvallei. Other accommodation is privately owned. If you are new to Maastricht, you should certainly register with Maastricht Housing. Maastricht Housing is an initiative of Maastricht University, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and the Jan van Eyck Academy. This platform acts as an intermediary between students and all providers of student accommodation.
If you are a foreign student, we also recommend that you have a look at mymaastricht.nl and contact Jules Maastricht. This useful organisation can help you arrange all kinds of things, like housing, finances, insurance and municipal matters.
At Conservatorium Maastricht, we look after our students. We know how important it is to have good facilities when you work long hours. That is why, apart from lessons, we also provide our own, well-stocked music library, great study spaces & concert halls, a professional studio, and a pleasant canteen where you cannot only enjoy freshly-prepared sandwiches, soup, fruit, drinks and even simple meals, but also meet up with your fellow students and teachers for a chat, a lively discussion or to make music.
Our library is located on the third floor of the main building. Here, students and teaching staff are free to browse the extensive collection of sheet music (for a wide range of instruments), scores, books, periodicals and leaflets about competitions, festivals, concert diaries etc. If you are pressed for time, you can also access the catalogue online through the web-based catologue. In addition to our own files, the web-based catalogue provides access to the Open Library Network (OBN). This gives you access to the catalogues of over 400 libraries in the Netherlands, magazine articles and nearly 15,000 journals covering all disciplines, as well as more sheet music. If you cannot find a particular book, you can order it from the Dutch libraries through the inter-library lending system. To get free access, you need an IHOL (Limburg Higher Education Information Structure) library card. You can get this card by showing your student/identity card. Subject to certain conditions, you can also use this IHOL card to borrow books from other IHOL-affiliated libraries, including Maastricht University and Maastricht municipal library.
Whether you are studying Classical Music, Jazz or Music in Education at Conservatorium Maastricht, if you need a professional recording for an audition, you can use the highly professional digital studio run by Louis van Eeten. It is equipped with high-quality equipment and microphones, and uses a Digidesign Protools 11 HDX harddisk recorder combined with a 32-fader DControl mixing console. This is a worldwide standard set-up. It gives you the opportunity to gain experience in a high-end studio environment and, for instance, to experiment with different recording styles over the course of a day, remixing and editing. There is a direct audio link between the studio and the concert hall, so we can make live recordings as well.
If you would like to know more about the technology or studio equipment, such as the mixers, recording systems or software, the microphones or video systems available, please contact Louis van Eeten.
If you want an overview of our equipment, check out the link!
Our main building (Classical Music) and the annex (Jazz and Music in Education) both have concert halls. The main building even has two: the Willem Hijstek Hall (ground floor) and the Matty Niël Hall (fourth floor). The concert halls all have PA systems, lighting systems and professional sound and recording equipment. There are Steinway grand pianos in both locations.
We understand that you cannot always study in your student room. That is why we have soundproof practice rooms, both in the main building and the annex. Thanks to our generous opening hours you can often use our facilities in the evenings and on Saturdays as well. There are computer workstations with standard music software, we work with Blackboard (virtual learning environment) and, of course, you can use the library. If you want to study in the annex, you will have state-of-the-art guitar, bass and keyboard amplifiers at your disposal, as well as a PA system and hi-fi with recording facilities.
If there are no study spaces available, you can also consider using the special music practice booths at Centre Céramique. They also have a piano. The practice booths all have music standards, and a good collection of sheet music is close at hand. Organ lessons are taught in the Maastricht Basilica of Our Lady or the Basilica of Saint Servatius on the Vrijthof.