Academy of Music and Performing Arts

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time

Do you want to excel in your own musical discipline? Do you want to play in ensembles and create something together? Do you like to work hard, be creative, and collaborate with other art disciplines? Then the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) might be the study for you. Put your musical talent to work!

About the Academy of Music and Performing Arts

The Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) offers an ambitious, innovative study programme. Our vision is based on the idea that your individual musical development into a top musician can only flourish through practice. We encourage you, together with our teachers, your fellow students and the professional field, to develop new visions of musical artistry. This artistry is underpinned by six key skills: instrument & ensemble playing, self-management, interdisciplinarity, practice-oriented research, collective entrepreneurship and international connectedness. Our top teachers are right in the middle of the field and will coach you to further develop your talent.

Why this study?

  • Three hours of instrumental lessons per week by our instrumental experts and ensemble teachers
  • Playing and creating in ensembles with a focus on the professional field
  • Innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum in an international learning environment
  • Entrepreneurship, research, and collaboration as the basis for self-development and self-management

What are you going to learn?

We have built AMPA on six key skills helping you to become a pioneer: instrument & ensemble playing, self-management, interdisciplinarity, practice-oriented research, collective entrepreneurship and international connectedness.

You will follow at least 3 hours of instrument classes a week, consisting of individual lessons, group lessons, technique, and ensemble. This means that you have almost twice as much contact with your instrument and ensemble teachers than in other conservatories.
At the same time, you will learn how to reflect on your own development and that of others.

In the ensemble and chamber music trajectories team teaching is at the heart of the programme. You will become inspired by various teachers in a dynamic and collaborative context. Alongside this, you will participate in projects and masterclasses, work together with ensembles in residence and partners in the region, and you will audition for our concert series.

Your curriculum will be supported by knowledge on music theory, music history, cultural theory, research, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary courses and other electives (such as conducting, philosophy, and teaching skills).

  • The Academy brings students to a high level of excellence, while connecting music with other art forms such as dance, theater and fine arts
  • You’ll become a leader in your field and play important roles in the development of new visions on the music profession
  • You evolve at a faster pace because you’ll get individual lessons, group lessons, technique and ensembles
  • You’ll learn how to reflect on your own development and that of others





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 programmes. Here you can find all the information about the instrument classes we offer and the teachers:


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. Therefore, it is a full time study of 40 hours per week. 

  • 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 yor 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


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            The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:
            • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
            • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
            • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

            Are you a talented student with a non-EU / non-EEA nationality and do you wish to study in the Netherlands at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts?

            Holland Scholarship

            The Holland Scholarship provides a partial scholarship for the first year of your studies within our Bachelor of Music programme. The scholarship of €5.000,- is financed by Fontys University of Applied Sciences and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

            General application criteria Holland Scholarship

            • Your nationality is non-EU / non-EEA • You are applying for a full-time bachelor’s (or master's) at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions • You have never before studied at an education institution in the Netherlands • You have read the general conditions of the Holland Scholarship Programme* • You are aware that your application details may be shared with EP Nuffic and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

            Additional programme criteria of Holland Scholarship

            • You have registered for the Academy of Music and Performing Arts at  • You meet the general admission requirements of the programme of your choice (to be determined by the admission office)  • Your entrance exam (at Fontys Tilburg, or by video) will be graded by the audition committee. Students with the highest audition grades are recommended for the Holland Scholarship.  • In order to be applicable for the Holland Scholarship Programme you will need to fill in the application form after November 1st but before June 1st.

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            Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on

            Applying for the scholarship is a different procedure from the application procedure for a study programme which has to be conducted via For more information of this application procedure please select the programme of your choice.

            Paying in instalments

            Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

            If paying the full sum in a single payment

            If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

            Non EU students

            Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.


            If you have a Bank account number, of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, and you are a national of a country outside the EEA without an address in The Netherlands, then you will receive a paymentletter from Fontys via your course department.

            The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

            The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

            Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 


            Career opportunities

            AMPA aims to train you to become a top qualified artist. In today’s networked societies, crucial skills for people, and therefore for artists, include being able to communicate and to create and maintain good networks. These are prerequisites for allowing your creativity to blossom. 

            Our motto is: Putting your Musical Talent to work. 

            • Performing in traditional concert venues and festivals with small ensembles
            • Teaching in music schools or private practices
            • Participating in interdisciplinary performances with Dance, Circus, Theatre or performing in unconventional spaces like outdoor, prisons, elderly homes, refugee shelters, etc.
            • Working as a project manager, policy maker in the artistic sector
            • Working as a session musician and recording business

            “I really got to develop and grow into the musician I am now”

            Sanne Rambags, alumnus

            How to apply

            All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

            The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students, please read below what applies for you.


            Application deadline for EEA candidates is July 1

            Application deadline for non-EEA candidates is April 1


            The longer you wait with your application and enrolment, the harder it will be to find a room in Tilburg. Tilburg has many students, so from July/August onwards it is very difficult to find a room.


            More about Academy of Music and Performing Arts

            We are very sorry to inform you that due to the Covid-19 restriction in the Netherlands, Fontys unfortunately has had to cancel all 'Meet us on campus' activitiesin November. This Friday evening, the government will announce additional measures for education, events and meetings in large groups. Fontys takes its social responsibility seriously and follows government measures.

            Of course, we want to help you as much as possible in making the right study choice. Want to know when the next open days? will be? Click on the button below.

            The situation and guidelines resulting from the corona pandemic are constantly changing, also for higher education. One thing we know for sure: in the new academic year we will have to observe the 1.5 metre distance rule in our buildings and on campus for the time being. We are adapting our education accordingly so that a good mix of face to face education on location and online education is created.
            We carefully consider which form of education is best suited to each course, each subject and even each component.

            In the factsheet you will find the most important programme information at a glance.

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