Classical Music



The Classical Music course at the ArtEZ Academy of Music is looking for independent and enterprising students, who are musically talented and have a very personal way of expressing themselves. Our future students consider the broad, multidisciplinary professional practice as a field full of potential opportunities. They also have to meet certain diploma and language criteria.

Admission criteria Classical Music

    • Applicants must have completed VWO, HAVO, MBO (level 4), or international equivalent (consult the International Credential Evaluation).
    • Language requirements for Dutch: B2 and for English: IELTS 5.5 or the equivalent.
    • Applicants must have received a positive result of the admission exams (audition and musical theory test). During these exams, we assess your potential to complete the degree successfully.

Trial lesson

ArtEZ Academy of Music offers serious candidates an opportunity to attend a trial lesson. During this class, you will become better acquainted with the teacher. You will also acquire insight into your level and possibilities. In addition, you can discuss the programme components for an entrance exam. If you are interested, please request a trial lesson via with an indication of the field of study you are interested in, your main instrument and which lecturer you prefer. NB: Trial lessons are only held between December and March!

Admission Procedure

At ArtEZ, we are interested in seeing the person as a whole. Of course, we look for musical talent and a good level of musicianship. You need to have a good ear and be able to develop well musically. Yet, we would also like to see the real you: your ideas, wishes, dreams and goals.

The admission exams usually take place in April. Just as with other academies and universities, you apply through Studielink. No later than two weeks before your exam, you receive notice of the date and time of your exam. The exam consists of various parts, taken separately. Sometimes, the theory test is scheduled on the same day as the audition.

1. Motivation: Introduce yourself!

After your application through studielink, we ask you for the first part of the admission procedure: a letter of motivation. This is a short text (150-250 words), introducing yourself and stating your goals and expectations of studying with us. We hope to gain an idea of who you are and what you want to achieve. Furthermore, this letter will give you the opportunity to think about and put into words why you would like to pursue this degree. We hope to see this personal vision in your practical exam.

2. Music Theory Test 

We would also like to know how far developed you are as concerns music theory and to what extent we believe you can develop in this area. A music theory test is expected to show this. It consists of two parts: an individual, oral test and a written test, taken as a group. We try to adjust the individual test to your instrument as much as possible. A pianist may have a slightly different kind of test than a flutist or a singer. For each instrument, however, you need to have the same basic knowledge. Please view the criteria for general music theory and solfeggio

Start training your skills well on time. Solfeggio, sight singing, notation, rhythms, and harmonics. Work on your knowledge of general music theory as well.

In most cases, we take the theory tests before the audition. Sometimes, the schedule will not allow for that. It may therefore happen that you do your audition before the music theory test.

3. Audition 

In your audition, you present a shortprogramme of pieces of various styles. Please, bring four copies of this programme into your audition. The audition will take approximately half an hour.

You can check the criteria for each instrument here.

During the audition you will play your programme for a jury of at least two professors of the Academy of Music. They assess whether you have sufficient talent for the instrument you wish to study for, but most of all if you have enough development potential. You may receive feedback during your audition and be asked to play a certain fragment differently. We do not only examine your technical control; musical expression, individuality, and creativity are all at least as important.

You may choose to play your programme with or without piano accompaniment. If you opt for the latter, you must arrange for this yourself. If you are unable to procure the accompaniment, the school can provide this (fees apply), provided you have submitted the musical pieces at least three weeks in advance to the Educational Office in Zwolle: In addition to your own prepared selection, the committee may also request you to play or sing something from sheet music that they will provide.

Result and validity

Following the entrance examination, the admissions committee will offer a recommendation to the examination committee of the Academy of Music. This committee will check to ensure the procedure was carried out correctly and will determine whether you will be admitted. You will receive notification of this in writing.

Admission is only valid for the course for which you have enrolled. If you wish to apply for admission to a course or specialisation at another location you must enrol for this separately. The admission is only valid for the academic year directly following the entrance examination. Should you wish to start a year later, you can apply to the examination committee with a written request for the validity of the results to be extended up to one year.

If you disagree with a negative result of the admissions procedure, you may appeal to the examination committee.


Please apply through Studielink before 1 March in order to start your admission procedure in April. If you are successful during this admission period, you are guaranteed placement. Applications received after 1 March will only be processed if there is a sufficient number of study places still available. You will then receive information on the entrance examination and the date on which you are expected at the Academy.