Classical Music


Ati Gottschal
Head of the Classical Music dept.


Classical Music students at the Academy of Music in Zwolle are passionate musicians, who are aware that music is a unifying factor in the society. In Zwolle, we help you to develop this passion with a lot of freedom and options.

The world of classical music is demanding and dynamic. The musicians of today must not only be exceptional musical artisans, but must also demonstrate initiative and have the courage to blaze new paths rather than tread the same beaten trails. ArtEZ provides room for these future musicians. In this way, you can completely focus on your music, thoroughly prepare yourself future cultural entrepreneurship and choose subjects which will reinforce your educational qualities.


In the Classical Music course, artistry and craftsmanship are the key focus, as a soloist or in collaboration with others in an ensemble, choir or orchestra. In addition to your major classes, masterclasses and workshops, the theory classes are also dedicated to craftsmanship. These are closely related to your own major.

As a student, you are expected to hone your musical abilities through frequent use. To aide you in this way, the School of Music works closely with venues in Zwolle and in the region. These include Cultuurschip Thor, Stadkamer, the Zwolse Theaters, Waterstaatkerk in Hengelo, Muziekcentrum Enschede, Deventer Schouwburg and Podium Acanthus Doesburg.

Broad musical programme

The Classical Music course provides the necessary space for broad development. We work closely together with the Jazz & Pop department and you are able to freely follow electives in other disciplines. For instance, each percussion student also receives drum lessons and, as a singer or instrumentalist, you can follow a music theatre minor.

An example of cooperation between the departments of Jazz & Pop and Classical Music is the theatre production Simply Sondheim. In a time of interdisciplinary collaborations and cross-overs the choice for the music of Stephen Sondheim is an obvious, because in this both worlds come together. Below is a report from the beautiful presentation.


The educational programme in Zwolle represents thorough didactics, methodology and educational entrepreneurship. At a time when traditional music schools are struggling, the ArtEZ Academy of Music adapts its educational curriculum to meets the current needs. Within the educational courses as well, craftsmanship is also paramount. You will learn to teach music as well as possible. In addition, you will also be encouraged and incentivised to develop your creativity in the field of education, for example, by developing workshops, designing a website or setting up a teachers’ collective.

Collaborate with orchestras and music schools

We maintain partnerships with the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, Orkest van het Oosten, Orkest de ereprijs, Nederlandse Reisopera, Kameroperahuis, Groot Omroepkoor, Cello Biënnale, Britten Jeugd Strijkorkest, Jeugdsymfonieorkest De Vuurvogel, Vereniging Huismuziek, teachers’ collectives and music schools. Students fully benefit from these partnerships through the internship opportunities they provide in the field of education, audition training and orchestral playing.