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ArtEZ Connected

ArtEZ Connected

Do the preparatory course in Arnhem and the surrounding area in collaboration with your own (music) school.

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Are you still at school and enjoy making music? The ArtEZ Academy of Music in Arnhem offers you a unique opportunity to discover whether music education is something for you. In three years, but shorter is also possible, you will take lessons at your own school and at ArtEZ.

It doesn't all have to be perfect, but you do need to show that you have talent, passion for music and an open mind. By participating in ArtEZ Connected you will discover whether a conservatory study in Arnhem, Enschede or Zwolle is something for you and you increase the chance of being admitted.

ArtEZ Connected is a partnership between the ArtEZ Academy of Music Arnhem and various partners. The preparatory course offers you a taste of the Academy in which the experience and pleasure of making music are paramount. Within ArtEZ Connected in Arnhem you can choose from: Jazz & Pop, Classical Music, Music in Education and Music Theatre.

Photo: Yuri Keukens

The program consists of:

  • Three major subject lessons at the ArtEZ Academy of Music (in addition to the regular lessons given by your own music school or private teacher).
  • Weekly music theory lesson by a music teacher at school. These lessons prepare you for the admission level of the Academy.
  • Three working days with (interdisciplinary) workshops, rehearsals and concerts at ArtEZ.
  • Evening play(s) at school.
  • Parent interviews (for secondary school students).
  • Transitional auditions at ArtEZ.

The program may differ slightly from school to school.

Working days

The working days are at the ArtEZ Academy of Music. The first is on the first Saturday in October, the other two on two consecutive days (usually Friday/Saturday). These days are for all pre-education students.

Music is played to the full, for example: collaboration with dancers, actors or other art disciplines; chamber music, including compositions specially arranged or composed by composition students; vocal ensemble; bands jazz, pop, rock; write your own number; effective study workshops, stage presentation and mental training; final concert in a packed hall on Saturday evening.

Final music theory exam

At the end of the preparatory course you take a music theory exam at the Academy of Music. If the result is satisfactory, you will receive a certificate that meets the admission requirements for music theory at the ArtEZ Academy of Music. This certificate is valid for one year.

Transition Auditions: Every year you play for a committee and your progress is reviewed.

Photo: Yuri Keukens


Admission is possible from the second year of havo/vwo or vmbo-t. The entrance exams take place in May and June. During the entrance exam at ArtEZ you play a prepared repertoire.

1. Music Theory entry requirements

  • In the entrance test for theory, it is checked whether your musical ear in particular is sufficient to be able to start the preliminary training.

    You get a series of simple exercises for this:

    • Singing a tone
    • Singing a melody
    • Clap a rhythm
    • Hear how many tones sound at the same time

    Notation is also used. For example, you will see a melody and then hear a slightly different melody. Then you will be asked where the deviation is.

    In addition, you may be asked to perform simple sheet rhythm patterns.

    In principle, you do not need to prepare anything for this test.

    One point of attention: you must be able to read a bit of music. If you are not yet able to do this, you must teach yourself before the test, possibly with the help of your teacher.

2. Audition Admission Requirements

  • The audition lasts a maximum of 30 minutes and is conducted by a committee of at least 3 teachers.

    You prepare 3 works from different style periods, including at least 1 etude.

  • The audition lasts half a day and consists of a group audition and a solo audition.

    The group audition

    • The candidates are divided into groups. During this part, a pre-specified number is worked on. You will be notified of this at least 3 weeks before the entrance exam. This audition is mainly about collaboration, creativity and musicality.
    • What is being expected from you:
    • You know the song very well (by heart).
    • You know the shape of the number.
    • You made a chord chart of this song. This can be made with the help of a teacher or a chord chart from the internet that has been well checked. For the singers: make a chord part in the key that suits your voice. You are able to count in the number.
    • You've thought about an intro and an outro.
    • You can perform the piece as in the original version, but also think about: What do you want to do with the song yourself (different groove / time signature / improvisations / atmosphere / tempo etc..). During this part a coach is present to guide the realization of the performance by the group. Each group presents the number to all participants of the admission audition.

    The solo audition

    For the solo audition you have to prepare 3 pieces of your choice, different in atmosphere and tempo. The committee can choose to have only one of those three songs played. You may bring an accompanying person. The solo audition is for the committee and all participants.

  • The audition has two phases:

    You send 2 productions, which must be received at least 3 weeks before the practical admission. Please explain your production on the following points:

    • Which software, which hardware (microphones, mixing console, etc.)
    • Which parts did you play, sang yourself
    • Which parts have been added in a different way (sample loop, note drawing)
    • Have you worked with notation (chord charts for example)
    • How did you do the mixing/mastering.

    If a committee assesses these productions as satisfactory, the next phase follows:

    You prepare 2 pieces, different in atmosphere and tempo, on your main instrument. During your audition you will also be tested on your skills on a keyboard instrument. It is an advantage if you have basic skills in playing the piano/keys, but you will not be judged on this!

  • The content of the audition for candidates for the last years of secondary education:

    1. You prepare 2 songs in different atmosphere and pace, of which at least 1 song/song with your own accompaniment. This accompaniment may be with piano or guitar.
    2. The candidates are divided into groups. During this part, a pre-specified number is worked on. You will be notified of this at least 3 weeks before the entrance exam. This audition is mainly about collaboration, creativity and musicality.
    3. Teach either the committee or the other candidates an a cappella song that you can choose yourself.

    The audition for candidates in the last year of secondary education is the same as for the internal preparatory training and takes place in one of the three ArtEZ cities (can therefore also mean that a candidate from Arnhem has to go to Zwolle) .

Study costs

  • € 400 per year (in addition to the costs for your own music teacher)
  • For Singer-songwriters: € 550 per year

Participating schools


  • Beekdal Lyceum (DAMU school)
  • Quadraam Scholen
  • Arentheem College - Thomas a Kempis
  • Dorenweerd College
    in cooperation with Kunstbedrijf Arnhem


  • VO Doetinchem
    in cooperation with Amphion Muziekschool


  • Marnix College


  • Nijmeegse Scholengemeenschap Groenewoud
    in cooperation with Lindenberg, Huis voor de kunsten


  • Vrijeschool Zutphen