Bachelor
Music Theory

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.

Meet our team

Meet your lecturers

David Lodewyckx

Classical Music Theory

David Lodewyckx (1978) is a lecturer of Music Theory and Music History at Con

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Inge Pasmans

Music Theory (Classical) / Lecturer Music Theory / Research Coach (Music in Education)

As well as being a main subject lecturer in Music Theory at Conservatorium Ma

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Major Music Theory

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Main Subject and Components related to the Main Subject

46

44

37

43

Fundamentals (Theory of Music)

3

3

2

Ear Training and Prima Vista (Theory of Music)

8

8

7

8

Analysis (Theory of Music)

10

10

9

10

Writing Skills and Style Composition (Theory of Music)

15

13

10

12

Source Reading and Literature (Theory of Music)

3

3

3

3

Applied Piano and Improvisation (Theory of Music)

7

7

6

5

Research Assignment (Theory of Music)

5

Professional development

8

12

16

9

Basic Digital Tools

2

Health and Well-Being

1

Singing

2

2

2

Piano for Theory of Music Students

3

3

3

3

Basic Teaching Skills Instrument Specific Methodology

1

Basic Teaching Skills Lectures

1

Advanced Digital Tools

2

3

Knowledge of Orchestral Instruments

2

Studio Recording Preparation

1

Your Art as a Business Basic Course

2

Your Art as a Business Electives

1

Instrumentation

3

3

Playing from Score (Orchestra)

2

3

Music Theory

6

4

History of Music

4

2

Choir Classical (General)

2

2

Minor - Advanced Teaching Skills

7

8

Theory and Methodology (ATS mod 1)

2

Instrument Specific Methodology (ATS mod 2)

2

Work Placement (ATS mod 3)

3

3

Internal Educational Project (ATS mod 4)

1

Final Assignment (ATS mod 5)

4

Before you apply

Admission
requirements

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