Student in Maastricht
Maastricht. Built on Roman foundations. Divided by the Maas river. Surrounded by green rolling hills. Famous for its cobbled streets, vibrant 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 Amsterdam, Brussels, Liege, Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf, with their countless musical venues and other cultural institutions, are all a few hours 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.
Vibrant Student Life
The city's energetic student life mainly takes place in the historic centre of Maastricht, where the life is about enjoying the little things and getting the most out of your day. Everything in the city centre is closeby, here you can wander around for hours without getting lost in the characteristic streets. In the different districts as well as the inner city you will find lots of nice places to eat, have a drink, listen to music or go out and where cultural events and activities are organised all the time. The perfect place to grow your experience for performing 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, Institute of Performative Arts and the Maastricht Academy of Fine Art & Design. 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 are a lot of nice, small-scale student accommodations 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 and many of these accommodations are being posted in housing groups on Facebook. 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. It is also possible to find housing outside of Maastricht or even in Belgium since public transport is very well-organized and reliable in the area.
At Conservatorium Maastricht, we look after our students in the best way possible. 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, practical study spaces and concert halls, a professional studio, and a 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 Classical Department. 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 catalogue. 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.
Local health services for musicians
Maastricht UMC+ is Maastricht’s hospitals. For emergencies contact the hospital via their phone numbers:
- General Hospital number: 0031-43-387 6543
- Emergencies: 0031-43-387 67 00
- Cardiac Emergency: 0031-43-387 78 92
- 'Huisartsenpost': 0031-43-387 77 77
It’s important to get your own GP when you live in the Netherlands. Most of the time they also have a pharmacy at their practitioner office so you can pick up your medical recipes immediately. There are many GP’s located in Maastricht, find one in your area via Google.
Your body is your instrument, so take care of it!
Do you have questions concerning your health? Please contact the musicians’ health team Maastricht, a collaboration between medical specialists and therapists focused on expert care for musicians.
Medical specialists working at Maastricht
University Medical Center:
- If you are experiencing pain or discomfort while playing or want to know how to prevent these complaints: drs. V. Baadjou, physical medicine & rehabilitation, 043-3877151
- If you have voice problems: Drs. J.W. Brunings, otorhinolaryngologist, 043-387 54 00 https://kno.mumc.nl/stemonderzoek
- If you have eye problems: Dr. Beckers, ophthalmologist, 043-3876800
You need a referral from your general practitioner to be able to make an appointment with a specialist at the hospital. A health insurance is necessary.
Costs are covered by your insurance (not including your coinsurance).
- Speech therapist / Voice Coach: Joyce Uiterwijk-Winkel, http://www.stemcentrummaastricht.nl/ 043-3212919
- Physical therapist: Marcel Witte, http://www.fysiocareklimmen.nl/
- Psychologist: Iris Kalinitsch, Kalinitsch Coaching, Training en Advies 06-40736332
You need a referral from your general practitioner to be able to make an appointment. A health insurance is necessary. Costs are covered by your insurance (not including your coinsurance).
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 our highly professional digital. 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 Classical Department and the Jazz and Music in Education Department both have concert halls. The Classical Department 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. 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 Jazz and Music in Education Department, 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.