Master of Music: The Sound of Innovation

Your course

Do you live and breathe innovation? Do you want to have an impact with your work? Come be inspired by renowned professors and guest lecturers and develop new musical products and concepts together with other students and international partners.

The course can be easily combined with your work. You do not take weekly classes but rather engage in training workshops and projects. The Sound of Innovation is all about music, but it also goes further:

  • In the 1st year you learn how to work with other disciplines, test out your ideas in the Innovation Lab and perform research with your fellow students.
  • In the 2nd year you have the freedom to design your course and research your own way. You choose your own subjects and lecturers. You can also participate in an Erasmus exchange programme and spend part of the year abroad. 

Your master's course programme

The programme for both years is built around 3 modules:

  • Individual
    You build your personal profile through individual lessons and optional modules at our locations in Arnhem, Enschede or Zwolle. In the 2nd year you are allocated a personal budget which you use to select your own master classes, workshops or external coaching.
  • Innovation Lab
    You will work together with fellow students on innovative products or concepts. You will gain experience with practical exercises and projects. Research is an essential part of the innovation lab. Lecturers, experts and research supervisors teach and coach you.
  • Connecting the Dots
    Together with other students in the Master of Music programme, you learn to make connections between degree programmes and subjects such as history, art history, dramaturgy and philosophy. During a collective project week, you will take time to contemplate the role of the musician in a changing world. You will be working from a personal syllabus: a solid foundation from which to develop your own concepts and create your audience or target groups. 

Graduation requirements and master's research

In order to graduate, you must give an original, creative presentation of your end product or project. You will work with students from a variety of professional backgrounds in technology, multimedia and music on new concepts and products. For example, a prototype for a virtual reality system that uses physical responses for music therapy applications. 

National and international collaboration

The lecturers working in The Sound of Innovation programme come from all over the Netherlands and the world. The Music Therapy, Academy of Pop Music, MediaMusic and Music in Education courses all work closely together. Outside of ArtEZ the course works with the University of Twente, AKI ArtEZ and Saxion. The ArtEZ Academy of Music in Enschede has close ties to the international creative industry, cultural organisations and education and health care institutions.