ArtEZ Academy of Music

With over 800 students and 250 lecturers, the ArtEZ Academy of Music is one of the largest conservatories in the Netherlands.

Photo Erik Franssen
Photo Erik Franssen

The Academy of Music is located in Arnhem, Enschede, and Zwolle. Because the Academy of Music is spread out over three locations, you’ll experience the cosiness of a small-scale institution. There is plenty of personal attention and communication lines are short. Each location has an entirely unique atmosphere, one that’s often reflected in the music! At the same time, you will fully benefit from the facilities and opportunities of a large conservatory. These include the significant number of master classes from national and international guest lecturers, and playing in a band or orchestra in collaboration with students from other locations.


For quite some time, the Academy of Music has offered numerous opportunities for cross-disciplinary projects with other ArtEZ programmes.
For example, in Enschede, the Music Therapy programme often works with Music in Education. The programmes MediaMusic and Academy of Pop Music almost form a single programme. In Zwolle, the interaction between Jazz & Pop and Classical Music is an integral part of the study programme. In Arnhem, the Dance, Theatre, Creative Writing, Design, and Fine Art faculties share the same location, and virtually all disciplines are now collaborating.

Media Music meets Academy of Pop Music (example of crossing borders through collaboration)

Music & Health

The ArtEZ Academy of Music pays a great deal of attention to health as part of its music programmes. After all, professional musicians are like top-class sportspeople in a way. They, too, are subject to great physical and psychological demands, which can lead to complaints and injuries.

Across borders

The ArtEZ Academy of Music collaborates with a wide range of conservatories within and outside the European Union, such as: the Rimski-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Musikhochschule Münster, the Department of Music at the University of Leeds, the Hangzhou Normal University in China and the music academies of Brno (Czech Republic), Wroclaw (Poland), Barcelona (Spain) and Riga (Latvia). These collaborations are focused on joint projects and festivals, but also the exchange of lecturers and students and the quality of the music education itself.

With an Erasmus grant from the European Union’s Lifelong Learning programme, students receive support to study at an international conservatory. There are Erasmus partners in Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, etc.


Faculty Board

Laurien Timmermans

Rob Kramer