Bachelor of Music

The Classical programme of Conservatorium Maastricht has been acclaimed as one of the top degree programmes in the Netherlands and was rated number one within the music sector (source: Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs 2018 (Guide to Dutch Higher Education). We are extremely proud of this.

The Classical Music department, very international in its composition, is a close-knit community. We work towards one common goal: to let our students blossom, in an amicable atmosphere, into excellent musicians whose energy and creativity offer a valuable contribution to the international world of music and to society. Maastricht, where we are based, lies in the heart of Europe - the cradle of classical music.

Every year, enthusiastic and talented students apply to the Classical Music department of Conservatorium Maastricht. Making music is one of the most wonderful and fulfilling activities available to us. Music as a profession is a tough option: it takes more than talent or the gift of playing an instrument. It also requires skills such as curiosity, an active inquiring attitude and an artistic and social personality.

We focus on excelling together – this makes studying at Conservatorium Maastricht the right choice for many young, ambitious musicians. What will you choose?


You can find the curriculum overview on the main subject page. In the curriculum overview, you can see which courses are part of your curriculum.

The curriculum consists of Instrumental, Vocal Studies, Composition, Music Theory and Conducting and your Specialisation. Make your choice to find information about your teachers and specific admission requirements. You will find general admission requirements on the main subject page.


The Bachelor's programme in Classical Music aims to offer the right balance between technical skill and creativity, professional and artistic development, theory and practice, using teaching methods that are as practical and active as possible.
Students work together with their teachers, with each other and in regular contact with the professional world, to develop into valued and competent musicians.

Main subjects

All orchestral instruments, piano, organ and guitar are offered as main subjects. There are programmes in conducting (choral, ensemble, wind/brass band and orchestral), music theory, and composition. Within vocal studies, there is a strong focus on opera.
The curriculum as a whole is characterised by a wide range of subjects, with chamber music and ensemble playing as vital elements. There are masterclasses, (orchestra) projects, operas, trainee placements etc.