In the first three years of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Music Theory, you will receive thorough training in music theoretical craftmanship (counterpoint, harmony, keyboard harmony, partimento, singing) and analysis (harmonic, form and style analysis). The connection between these two aspects comes to life through style compositions, performed in public concerts. Collaboration and discussion between students are encouraged through frequent joint sessions, which focus on reading (academic) literature, form analysis, presentation skills and teaching methods. Teaching practice and methodology are part of the third and fourth-year programme.
In the final year of the Bachelor’s programme, you will have relative freedom to focus on specific repertoire, skills and/or topics, depending on how you want to develop further as a music theorist. You will present the results of this individual focus in a Bachelor’s thesis.
Before you apply
Pre-audition video requirements:
For the pre-audition, the candidate needs to record 2 videos that contain:
- Video 1: A short introduction of him/herself in English: talk about your musical experiences, your motivation to study music, your main subject and why you choose to audition at Conservatorium Maastricht.
- Video 2: A recording of the requested assignments, in fixed camera position without any editing. The candidate’s face and body should be clearly visible. At the start of the video, the candidate announces his/her Zuyd student number and the assignments he or she will perform.
The videos should be uploaded to an online platform such as YouTube.com or Vimeo.com. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure that the video links work.
Pre-Audition requirements for a Bachelor audition
Video recordings of:
- Piano 2 pieces: at least one piece with polyphonic techniques (for example Bach 2 part invention)
- Prepared sight singing assignment
- Partimento assignment
Submit in pdf:
- Fundamentals assignments: musictheory.net. Progress reports.
- Analysis assignment (annotated score)
- Harmony/counterpoint assignment*
- Harmony / counterpoint material from previous courses (optional, max 10)
- Analysis material from previous courses (optional)
Additional requirements for (online) live-audition
- Unprepared sight singing, rhythm
- Playing cadences, sequences in various keys, after partimento models.
- Analysis presentation (10 minutes)
- Literature / article discussion
- Motivation - interview