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At AMPA you are able to design a large part of your trajectory yourself. We believe that education is best when tailored to a student’s individual needs and prefer to shape it through the student’s personal interest, qualities and preferences. A professional team of mentors will guide you to make the right choices. You do not only become excellent musicians who can connect to the existing music field, but we also educate you to become frontrunners who inspire and change the current state of the art. Our internationally renowned professors, an excellent team of mentors, and a number of high-profile ensembles in residence will bring your artistry to a higher level! 

AMPA offers the following conservarory programmes. Here you can find all the information about the instrument classes we offer and the teachers.

Within the AMPA-Bachelor, you can choose between Classical and Jazz

Other trajectories

Are you an exceptionally talented and motivated young musician and between 8 and 18 years-old, then the Young Musicians Academy might be for you. Moreover, AMPA offers trajectories, like the Master of Music, or the AMPA pre-course.

Sara Wijlaars
The Bachelor Classical Voice and Performance prepares students to be professional classical singers. Third-year student Sara would like to perform in professional opera productions after graduation.

A week at AMPA

At AMPA you have a 5-day study week from Monday till Friday. In the morning courses on music theory, music history, cultural theory, entrepreneurship and artistic research are offered. In the afternoon the instrument lessons (individual, group lessons, technique, complementary instrument piano) and ensemble lessons take place as well as the masterclasses and guest lectures. You also have time to study in the afternoon.

In the evening we host a lot of concerts, On Stage try out concerts, sessions, etc. together with our local partners. Also guest lectures on e.g. copyrights, artistic technological skills and workshops take place. On top of this we host 3 projectweeks per year together with our partners in the field. 

The total study load takes up 40 hours per week.

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The Performance Gallery of the fontys Academy of Music and Performing Arts and the Master of Music gives you an impression about past projects, festivals, concerts and masterclasses.

  • Develop basic skills in instrument (technique and interpretation), ensemble, music theory, history, cultural history and research.
  • Interdisciplinarity (working together with toher disciplines, body and mind (Cesar Therapy, injury prevention)
  • Projects & masterclasses. 
  • Additional piano lessons
  • For jazz student we also offer playground (playing together with instrument professors) and bigband lessons (all years)
  • Classical singers have an additional trajectory in languages (French, IPA, German, Italian) and drama (actor training, theatrical improvisation). 
  • Richter and deeper level of lessons in instrument, ensemble, music theory, history, cultural history and research.
  • 2 introductionary courses (to select out of 8): concerning conducting, teaching, entrepreneurship or theory on demand.
  • Interdisciplinarity: focus on the theatricallity of music performance
  • Projects & masterclasses
  • Additonal instrument lessons
  • Classical singers have an additional trajectory in languages (French, IPA, German, Italian) and drama (actor training, theatrical improvisation). 
  • Instrument and ensemble continues.
  • Entrepreneurship course.
  • Interdisciplinarity:  focus on concept development for concerts and performances. 
  • Project and masterclasses
  • Free Choice (30 out of 60EC): you can design your own trajectory
  • Focus on final exam and personal interdisciplinary project
  • Electives (10EC)
  • Entrepreneurship course
  • Projects ands masterclasses

“Design your own musical programme”
Michael van Dijk

  • Sara about studying Classical Voice and Performance
    For many students, being taught to do what they love most, sounds like music to the ears. For Sara Wijlaars, this dream is a reality. Sara studies Classical Voice at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg. In this story, you will read about one of her projects.

    Monteverdi - L'Incoronazione di Poppea
    In December, Sara performed in the opera: L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi. Besides the final duet, Sara and her classmates were unfamiliar with the opera. Therefore, they had to discover the ins and outs of the production to convey its beauty to their audience. L'Incoronazione di Poppea is about Emperor Nerone who is married to Empress Octavia, but loves his mistress Poppea instead. During the opera, Nerone tries to crown his mistress empress, only there are a lot of obstacles to overcome. The whole story is about power and what it does to people. The students presented the story through singing, acting, and music.

    "The art is to convey the story to the audience and make sure the music moves them."

    Not only the early music period is covered during the Bachelor Classical Voice. Several opera styles are covered such as the Baroque and Classical period, Romanticism, and the 21st century. The early music period is very nice for vocal students as the emphasis of the opera is on the text. In other words, the musical context serves the text. This way, the actor is focusing on the message that is being told to the audience but also to another character. To Sara, experiencing the music from the text is very interesting.

    Sara singing

    What do you learn from these projects?
    The Bachelor Classical Voice prepares students for a career in opera. Sara, too, would like to perform in professional productions after graduation. With projects like L'Incoronazione di Poppea, students learn what it's like to take part in an opera production. These projects are therefore very educational.

    "Playing in productions is actually what the whole study prepares you for."

    All the material that students normally get offered in separate courses such as singing, “song acting”, and improvisation, are now all integrated in one production. Moreover, it is very nice and instructive to play a character, make this character completely your own and convey the character's development during the opera to the audience. In addition, students can collaborate with various disciplines during these projects. In L’Incoronazione di Poppea they worked with a basso continuo consisting of a harpsichord and a cello, an ensemble of several instrumentalists, a conductor, and a stage director. It is thus a glimpse into the working field. As far as Sara is concerned, there is nothing more instructive than that. Besides, performing the piece four times is of course a very nice valuable experience.

    Sara Wijlaars, a third-year student at AMPA Classical Voice and Performance