Music Therapy



ArtEZ is looking for students who are motivated to learn to apply music to targeted areas in the broad field of healthcare and education.

Music Therapy 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 letter of motivation.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed the entrance examination (audition and theory exam). During the entrance examination, we assess your chances of completing the study programme 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 Music Therapy is:

          • B2, before 31 August. If you need a residence permit to study at ArtEZ, the delivery deadline is 31 May!

Vocal and instrumental admission requirements

Instrument major:

  • You will be judged on expression/performance, in which emotional expression should be heard and reflected in phrasing, pace, dynamics and colouring.
  • You have demonstrable experience with playing music, for instance, music lessons, playing in an orchestra, band or a combination.
  • You have excellent technique and clean intonation.
  • You can play music solo or with accompaniment.


  • You will be judged on expression/performance, in which your lyrical experience should be heard and reflected in your use of phrasing, pace, dynamics and vocal inflection (for poetry).
  • You have demonstrable singing experience, for instance singing lessons, choir, band or solo singing.
  • You possess vocal abilities. You will be judged on the development potential of different vocalisations, such as your speaking voice and your singing voice.
  • You have clean intonation, both a capella and with musical accompaniment.

Music Theory Admission requirements

During the theoretical admission you will be tested on a number of components by a music theory lecturer. In particular, the lecturer will test whether your music theory skills can be developed. It is not a question of mastering everything perfectly, but of showing that you have basic knowledge and skills that can be developed to the desired level during your training. More info, see the set-up of the entrance exam below.

Letter of motivation

The admissions committee will seek to gain insight into your personal development. This is because of the psychological stress your future professional practice will require of you. Send your letter of motivation to the Music Therapy programme via as soon as possible after your application - no later than two weeks before the entrance examination. In the letter you should state the motivation for your decision to study Music Therapy.

Preparation for the admissions exam

Put together a programme of the pieces and the artists/composers names you will perform during the admission exam, and provide three written copies of this programme. Put this programme, the accompanying sheet music or lyrics with chords and a copy of your letter of motivation in three separate folders and bring them along to the entrance examination. Feel free to incorporate another instrument or to fit your own compositions, if you have created them, into the programme you wish to perform.

Programme requirements

1.a. Instrumental major:

Three instrumental works for your main instrument, with different styles, character and expression. Depending on your preference and experience, this may be classical or ‘light’ music (e.g. an etude, solo sonata, ensemble piece, band repertoire, jazz standard, etc.). You may use your own accompaniment, band or ensemble.

1.b. Singing major:

  • Perform four songs, of which at least one classical, one ‘light’ music and one a capella. Songs should vary in pace and style and have a range of at least one octave. Suitable classical repertoire includes: vocalisations of Concone, Marchesi, Vaccai, Arie Antiche, Unterrichtslieder, Elizabethan Love Songs, and folk songs. In preparation, singing lessons with a classical singing teacher is advised. The 'light' repertoire could include: musicals (Dutch) pop songs, jazz standards, cabaret, children's songs, folk songs, chansons. If applicable: you should inform us of any medicine you have taken which could affect your voice.
  • A literary poem you wish to recite.

2. A piece on a chordal instrument; this could be a simple song accompaniment.

3. Singing two songs differing in style and genre (preferably one classical and one ‘light’ music). You may play guitar or piano as musical accompaniment.

If you play another instrument or you have created your own compositions, you may also integrate these into your programme.

Entrance examination

Dates entrance exams 2020: will follow.

The entrance examination for the Music Therapy course will take place between April and June and will be conducted by an admissions committee consisting of lecturers from this course. You will be notified in advance about the exact date and time. The entrance examination consists of two parts:

1. Audition

  • During the 45-minute audition, you will present yourself by playing or singing your prepared repertoire. The admissions committee will make a selection based on your programme.
  • Each candidate will sing two songs differing in style and genre (preferably one classical and one ‘light’ music). You may play guitar or piano as musical accompaniment.
  • The committee will give you a short improvisation assignment during the audition.
  • A motivation interview in response to your letter of motivation is also a component of the admissions procedure. During this interview, possible study limitations will be discussed, such as dyslexia or a disability on the autistic spectrum. We are happy to consult with you how best we can assist you so that you are able to successfully complete your programme.

2. Music Theory exam

In the individual test, we start at an easy level and the assignments get progressively harder until we reach your maximum level. During the theoretical admission, the following components are tested:

  1. Dyads
  • Recognising all the intervals up to and including the tenth, in different registers (high, medium, low), sounded synchronously and consecutively, harmonically and melodically.
  • Singing back and finding intervals (ascending and descending).
  1. Scales and tone series
  • Recognising and singing back scales and tone series (for example, diatonic scales, church scales and chromatic scales).
  • Singing a scale or tone series ascending and descending from a given note.
  1. Triads and (tetrads)
  • Singing back a note from a harmony (particularly the bass tone and the tonic).
  • Recognising and singing back the triads: large, small, augmented and diminished in various positions and the dominant seventh chord in root position.
  • Finding triads at or below a given note.
  • Being able to find a tonic, third, fifth or seventh of a harmony played to you.
  1. Melody, metre and rhythm
  • Singing back and scoring a melody in unison.
  • Sight-singing a melody.
  • Singing back (or tapping) and scoring a rhythm.
  • Scoring the rhythm of a (melodic) fragment.
  • Recognising different time signatures (6/8, 2/4, etc.).
  • Sight-playing a rhythm in different time signatures.
  1. By ear
  • Identifying (among other things) the time signature, minor major, instrumentation and style period of a musical fragment.
  1. Knowledge of terms from General Music Theory, as set out in the Senior General Secondary Education/pre-university education music syllabus (relating to the questions at

This exam will take about 30 minutes.

Result and validity

 Following the entrance examination, the admissions committee will offer recommendations 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 study programme for which you have enrolled. If you wish to apply for admission to a study programme or specialisation at another location you must register 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.