Academy of Music and Performing Arts

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Tilburg

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 internationally oriented professional music course Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) might be for you. Put your musical talent to work!

About the Academy of Music and Performing Arts

The Academy of Music and Performing Arts 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: ensemble play, 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 in the Netherlands?

  • 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, artistic research, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinarity, international connectedness, and self-management. Instrument classes are at the centre of education at AMPA.

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. You evolve at a faster pace and encourage each other through constructive criticism.

In the ensemble and chamber music trajectories – and most of the times also with regard to your instrument lessons – 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
 
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“Design your own musical programme”

Michael van Dijk

 

Programme

The uniqueness of this programme lies in the fact that you are able to design a large part of your trajectory at AMPA 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! 

At AMPA students from over 30 different nationalities study classical and jazz music: instrument, voice, composition. This interesting mix of nationalities is really inspiring. 

All practical lessons are live on campus. For the theory courses we offer blended forms of education, which implies a mix of live and online lessons, cq. coaching. 

Every semester (January & June) both theory and practical exams take place. We block one month for all exams and retakes. The assessment types differ from concerts, ensemble playing, essays, reflection reports to written tests and oral assassments.  

Studying at AMPA successfully results, after 4 years, in a Bachelor of Music diplome.  

 

In year 1 AMPA offers an intense curriculum to develop all basic skills in instrument (technique and interpretation), ensemble, music theory, history, cultural theory and research. Besides all of this, the AMPA curriculum contains interdisciplinarity (working together with other disciplines), body and mind (Cesar Therapy, injury prevention) and projects & masterclasses. 

For the jazz students we also offer playgound (playing together with instrument professors) and bigband lessons. 

The classical singers have an addditional trajectory in languages (French, IPA, German, Italian) and drama (actor training, theatrical improvisation).  

All students have additional piano lessons. 

In year 2 all classes of year 1 continue but on a deeper and richer level. Additional, students can choose 2 introductionary courses (out of 8) concerning conducting, teaching, entrepreneurship or theory on demand). Students also prepare there 30EC free choice program for year 3. 

With regard to interdisciplinarity, students are challenged to work together with other disciplines again, combined with a focus on the theatricallity of music performance. 

All students have additional complementary instrument lessons, which depends on the main instrument they study. For instance: jazz bass players get double bass lessons. Classical guitarists get electric guitar lessons, etc. 

In year 3 all practical courses of year 1 and 2 (instrument, ensemble) continue. 

A course on entrepreneurship is mandatory for all students as well as interdisciplinarity, which focuses on concept development for concerts and performances.  

Next to all practical courses the free choice is the main activity of year 3. This free choice implies a 30 EC trajectory that the student designs by him or herself. Students get a budget to build their own program. For instance, classical students explore jazz, or jazz students reach out to sound engineering or classical students specialize in 17th/18th century performance practice, etc. Of course a team of specialists will help them out.  

In year 4 students prepare their final exam concert and personal interdisciplinary project. This is the main focus of year 4. To support this intensive trajectory, students choose electives for 10EC and the entrepreneurship course is directly related to the final exam and of course the work field after students graduate. 

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 4 projectweeks per year together with our partners in the field (November Music, Contemporary Music Days, New Horizons and FC Jongbloed). Therefore, it is a full time study of 40 hours per week.  

 

Requirements

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch mbo-4, havo- or vwo-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.


Diploma requirements

As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards.

For Dutch students: VWO-, HAVO- or MBO 4-diploma (your diploma will be verified via Studielink)

Non-Dutch students: once admitted after the audition you will be asked to send a certified copy of your original diploma and grades list of your high school diploma, so Fontys can evaluate these. Minimum level of foreign diploma’s:

* Belgium: Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs with a transcript (after 7 years BSO or after 6 years ASO/TSO/KSO).

* Germany: Fachhochschulreife or Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife.

* France: Baccalaureat

* Other nationalities: check if your diploma will be sufficient through this Nuffic website.
NOTE: you do not need to apply for a diploma evaluation with Nuffic yourself. Fontys will arrange this and you will be informed about it.
The diploma evaluation may take 2 weeks.

Admission requirements instrument

Click here for the admission requirements per instrument classical music or jazz.

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch mbo-4, havo- or vwo-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Visa

As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply on behalf of its students for these documents. We recommend you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

*except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

Diploma requirements

As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards.

For Dutch students: VWO-, HAVO- or MBO 4-diploma (your diploma will be verified via Studielink)

Non-Dutch students: once admitted after the audition you will be asked to send a certified copy of your original diploma and grades list of your high school diploma, so Fontys can evaluate these. Minimum level of foreign diploma’s:

* Belgium: Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs with a transcript (after 7 years BSO or after 6 years ASO/TSO/KSO).

* Germany: Fachhochschulreife or Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife.

* France: Baccalaureat

* Other nationalities: check if your diploma will be sufficient through this Nuffic website.
NOTE: you do not need to apply for a diploma evaluation with Nuffic yourself. Fontys will arrange this and you will be informed about it.
The diploma evaluation may take 2 weeks.

Admission requirements instrument

Click here for the admission requirements per instrument classical music or jazz.

Language requirements for Dutch students

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.

Proof of Secondary Education  To be eligible as a prospective Bachelor degree program student, you must have been awarded a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. 

Some applicants may be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results: 

  • Applicants who have a Dutch diploma of secondary education, at least HAVO / VWO / MBO-4.
  • Applicants who have a diploma of secondary education in a country listed in the diploma list drawn up on behalf of the associates of institutions of higher education, as published on the website of the code of conduct.
  • Applicants who have followed two years of their previous education in English.
  • Applicants who have adequate knowledge of the English language tested and approved during the audition/intake (only EU students). 

Admission requirements instrument

Click here for the admission requirements per instrument classical music or jazz.

Costs

The tuition fees indicator helps you to determine the tuition rate for your situation. The information and tuition rates from this indicator are without engagement.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, you can count on a one-time discount on tuition fees from the ‘Nationaal Programma Onderwijs’. Do you want to know what this means for you personally? Check the tuition fees indicator to see how high your tuition fees are for academic year 2021-2022.

A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:
• Low institutional tuition fees 
• High institutional tuition fees

These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

    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 www.studielink.nl  • 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.

    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 Grantfinder.nl

    Applying for the scholarship is a different procedure from the application procedure for a study programme which has to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. 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.

    Non-Sepa

    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 www.studielink.nl. 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.

    information audition & application

    Academy of Music and Performing Arts

    Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
    Location of educational institution Tilburg
    Programme Bachelor Music

     

    More about Academy of Music and Performing Arts

    Experience what it's like to study at Fontys. Meet our students and lecturers at our Virtual open days (online) or 'Meet us on Campus' in the Netherlands.

    Online webinar Music and Performing Arts
    17 nov 2021 18:00 - 18:45

    Welcome to this online webinar of Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

    During this webinar we provide information about the program and admission.
    During the webinar it is possible to ask questions via the chat function (anonymously, if desired). We will answer these questions as soon as possible. You can also e-mail your questions to FHKampa@fontys.nl.

    This webinar will be recorded and afterwards placed on the fontys.edu/ampa website.

    In the weekend of 26-27-28 November 2021, Fontys organizes physical open days for all its study programmes. You can register for a time slot. At this moment we are working hard on the back side of the website to make it possible to register. To be continued.

    Recording webinar November 19, 2020:
    Recording webinar January 22, 2021:

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    Meet us on campus Academy of Music and Performing Arts | JAZZ | Tilburg
    27 nov 2021 10:30 - 12:00
    59 spots available

    Welcome to this open day of Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

    A lot of information can be provided online, but experiencing the atmosphere of the program,
    strolling through our beautiful building and really meeting students and teachers, can only be done physically. We would therefore like to welcome you to this time slot of the open day.

    If you have any questions beforehand, please email them to FHKampa@fontys.nl.

    P.S. We ask you to be present 5 minutes before the start of the time slot.

    Recording webinar November 19, 2020:
    Recording webinar January 22, 2021:

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    Meet us on campus Academy of Music and Performing Arts | JAZZ | Tilburg
    27 nov 2021 12:30 - 14:00
    59 spots available

    Welcome to this open day of Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

    A lot of information can be provided online, but experiencing the atmosphere of the program,
    strolling through our beautiful building and really meeting students and teachers, can only be done physically. We would therefore like to welcome you to this time slot of the open day.

    If you have any questions beforehand, please email them to FHKampa@fontys.nl.

    P.S. We ask you to be present 5 minutes before the start of the time slot.

    Recording webinar November 19, 2020:
    Recording webinar January 22, 2021:

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    Meet us on campus Academy of Music and Performing Arts | CLASSICAL | Tilburg
    27 nov 2021 14:00 - 15:30
    59 spots available

    Welcome to this open day of Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

    A lot of information can be provided online, but experiencing the atmosphere of the program,
    strolling through our beautiful building and really meeting students and teachers, can only be done physically. We would therefore like to welcome you to this time slot of the open day.

    If you have any questions beforehand, please email them to FHKampa@fontys.nl.

    P.S. We ask you to be present 5 minutes before the start of the time slot.

    Recording webinar November 19, 2020:
    Recording webinar January 22, 2021:

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    Meet us on campus Academy of Music and Performing Arts | CLASSICAL | Tilburg
    27 nov 2021 15:30 - 17:00
    60 spots available

    Welcome to this open day of Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

    A lot of information can be provided online, but experiencing the atmosphere of the program,
    strolling through our beautiful building and really meeting students and teachers, can only be done physically. We would therefore like to welcome you to this time slot of the open day.

    If you have any questions beforehand, please email them to FHKampa@fontys.nl.

    P.S. We ask you to be present 5 minutes before the start of the time slot.

    Recording webinar November 19, 2020:
    Recording webinar January 22, 2021:

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    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.

    Download the factsheet