Classical Music



For the Classical Music course, ArtEZ is looking for enterprising students who see possibilities and opportunities in a broad, multidisciplinary professional practice.

Classical Music admission criteria

    • Applicants must have completed VWO, HAVO, MBO (level 4) or the equivalent.
    • International students must meet certain language requirements.
    • Applicants must provide a medical report (for vocalists and wind instrumentalists)
    • Applicants must have successfully completed the entrance examination (audition and music theory exam). During the entrance examination, we assess your chances of completing the course successfully.

Language requirements

All our courses have language requirements. You will need to prove your language proficiency by handing in a certificate stating your level. The level for Classical Music is:

      • A2 by the end of the 1 st year.

Check exemptions and language courses.

Vocal and instrumental admission criteria

You will put together a programme with pieces differing in character. Bring along four copies of the programme and pieces that you will play during the examination.

Be sure to check the admission criteria for each major.

Trial lesson
ArtEZ Academy of Music offers serious candidate students 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 field of study, main compartment and any preference lecturer. NB: Trial lessons are only held between December and March!

Music Theory admission criteria

See the list of general music theory criteria and aural criteria.

Begin honing your skills in the areas of solfeggio, sight-singing, musical notation, reading and writing rhythms and hearing harmonies well in advance. You should also train your knowledge of general music theory. We have developed training material in the form of two special online tools:

Medical report

Vocalists and wind instrumentalists must submit a medical report in regards to their future study. This involves a written ENT report for vocalists stipulating the health and state of their vocal cords and throat. For wind instrumentalists, this involves a dental report regarding the state of their teeth. If there are major problems, this could be a reason not to be admitted.

Entrance examination

In principle, the entrance examination takes place in April. You will be notified two weeks in advance, at the latest, about the exact date and time of the examination. The entrance examination consists of two parts, which are taken separately. Each part takes about 30 minutes.

1. Audition

During the audition, you will sing or play a short varied programme for a committee consisting of lecturers from the School of Music. They will assess your aptitude and development potential. You will be assessed on your technical mastery and musical expression, among other things. You may play your programme with or without piano accompaniment. If you opt for piano accompaniment, you must make arrangements 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.

2. Music theory exam

A written theory exam will be taken after you have passed the audition. 

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 can appeal to the examination committee.


Enrolment is done through Studielink before 1 May. Enrolments after 1 May will only be processed if a sufficient number of study spaces are still available. You will then receive information on the entrance examination and the date that you are expected at the academy.