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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.

ArtEZ Academy of Music

Study at ArtEZ

The ArtEZ Academy of Music is spread out over three locations, what's making it cosy and small-scale. 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.

Arnhem, Enschede and Zwolle

  • The Academy of Music in Arnhem

    The Academy of Music in Arnhem focuses on quirky performers, who are willing to stretch the limits of their own musical artistry. The Academy of Music is part of an art campus for a reason! Key words are: edgy, authentic, experimental and multidisciplinary.


    Jazz & Pop: For those who want to become a musician and doesn't shrink from an experiment.
    Music Theatre: If you want to combine music, dance and theatre to your own performances.
    Composition for Film Online: To compose music with image (film, theatre, etc.)


  • The Academy of Music in Enschede

    The Academy of Music in Enschede educates adventurous professionals, standing in the middle of life and who are inquisitive to look over borders. Keywords that are here in force, are innovation, authenticity, personal attention, musicianship and entrepreneurship.


    Music in Education: Becoming a musician ánd a teacher? Discover the Music in Education course in Enschede.
    MediaMusic: If you want to be educated as a music producer, film/game composer or electronic artist.
    Academy of Pop Music: If you are interested in a job as a musician and/or a cultural entrepreneur in the music industry.
    Music Therapy: Upon successful completion of this course you can work as a music therapist, as a coach in the business world or start your own practice.


  • The Academy of Music in Zwolle

    Engagement, (inter)disciplinary cooperation and the development of individual talent and personality characterize the courses Classical Music, Education in Music and Jazz & Pop of the Academy of Music in Zwolle. Here young professionals are trained, who are versatile and practical.


    Jazz & Pop: Eager on making music your profession?
    Music in Education: Making music, creating, collaborating and teaching music go hand in hand in this course.
    Classical Music: Education with a high craft and artistic level, focused on a professional practice.


    Celebrating the Bands 2019
    Celebrating the Bands 

Music & Health

Ambitious musicians want to play until they drop, but we’d rather take that as a metaphor. This is why we strongly emphasise mental and physical wellbeing in our curriculum. You will want to play your instrument in a healthy way and continue doing this into old age. Knowing the function of body and mind allows you to collaborate more easily with other musicians and to better connect to your audience. You will be able to teach your future students how to stay healthy while playing their instrument as well.

The Skillslab Music & Health offers several classes in small groups – you learn to study efficiently, deal with matters like focus, goals and nerves, as well as how to be present and to present your music on stage. We teach you to care for your voice and ears, and to work with your instrument in a healthy way in order to prevent injuries related to your musicianship.

For individual advice, you can visit the Music&Health reception. Here, we can answer questions or complaints relating to your mental or physical wellbeing. If necessary, we can also refer you to internal or external health professionals.

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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 (Arnhem and Zwolle)

Rob Kramer (Enschede