Instrument/Voice, academic bachelor degree and master degree in Music on Lemmens campus, Leuven

Is making music your passion? Do you dream of a career in music? With us you can follow your own path and develop your personal talents under the guidance of a team of specialists: you choose for a streamlined package that will lead you to the stage, the studio, the classroom, or wherever you want to be musically active.

If you want to be a performing musician, you can choose a path that is oriented towards being a soloist, or playing in an ensemble, chamber music or orchestra. Pianists can place a specific accent on the art of teaching. If as a teacher you want to share your love of music, then you can lay the foundations for this during your academic training. If you want to be an all-round musician, then you can keep all your options open, including that of research.

If you are not yet certain about your profile, then your tutors and mentors will help you discover it. Once you have chosen a specific profile you can begin to add your own touches. From year to year, you determine a large part of your study programme.  

In order to decide your direction you need a strong musical basis. Solfège and music dictation are indispensable investments from which you will reap the benefits throughout your career. You will train your skills in listening, rhythm, metrics, intonation and sight-reading. You will learn polyphonic thinking in courses such as harmony, counterpoint, practical harmony and piano (for non-pianists). During the first year, you will decide how deep you want to penetrate the different facets of this basic training according to your chosen musical profile.

At the heart of your degree is your training as an instrumentalist or singer, for which you can choose from a large team of specialists. During your bachelor degree, you will build a minimum repertoire; while in the master you will add your own accents in the choice of programme for your master project. You can study every weekday from 08:30 to 21:30 on campus, where hundreds of studios are at your disposal. Naturally, you don’t always play music alone, but in chamber music groups or within an ensemble of your instrument group. You will supplement your individual learning under the direction of a conductor and/or a specialised chamber music teacher. You will experience playing in large ensembles in our choir, symphony orchestra or concert band.

To situate your repertoire in a musical, cultural and even political context and thus make well-informed choices, you also follow courses such as Music History, Music Theory, Music Philosophy, Aesthetics and Cultural History.

At the end of your studies, you will deliver a master project consisting of artistic and reflective components. The artistic component comprises a solo recital; for the reflective component, and under the guidance of a promoter, you will write a thesis about one aspect of one of the compositions you perform in the artistic component.

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