Maastricht Academy of Music

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Maastricht Academy of Music
Conservatorium Maastricht
Type Public
Established 1962
Rector Harrie van den Elsen
Administrative staff
Students 600
Undergraduates 350 (and 100 pre-college)
Postgraduates 140
Location Maastricht, Netherlands
Campus Urban
Affiliations AEC European Association of Conservatoires - ELIA European League of Institutes of the Arts
Website and

The Maastricht Academy of Music, Dutch: Conservatorium Maastricht, located in the city of Maastricht, is one of nine music academies in the Netherlands. The academy is a faculty of the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Zuyd in Dutch) for the Bachelor programme and the "Zuid Nederlandse Hogeschool voor Muziek" for the Master programme, in co-operation with the Fontys Academy of Music of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences. The academy provides advanced vocational training.

The music academy collaborates with the two other art faculties of the Zuyd University: the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and with the Faculty of Arts and Culture of Maastricht University.

Programs and degrees offered[edit]

The Maastricht Academy of Music has departments for European classical music, Jazz, Musical composition, and Opera. The academy proposes a 4 years Bachelor's programme (BMus and BMus ed.) and a two years Master's programme (MMus).

From 2009, the Maastricht Academy of Music will offer a joint master's degree with the Maastricht University.[1]

International orientation[edit]

The number of foreign students is ca. 65% from more than 45 different countries. After consultation, non-Dutch speaking students can take exams in French, German, or English. Also, theses and other work can be written in one of these 3 languages. Many lessons and courses can be offered in English.

The academy collaborates and has international exchange programmes with leadings music schools in Europe, such as the Hochschule für Musik Köln (Cologne), (Germany); the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, (Belgium); the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien; and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, (Austria).


  • 1962: Founding of the academy.
  • 1965: New building at Bonnenfantenstraat 15, Maastricht (architect: P.H. Dingemans).
  • 2001: The academy becomes a faculty of the Zuyd University.
  • 200?: Creation of the Zuid Nederlandse Hogeschool voor Muziek for the Postgraduate programme in co-operation with the Fontys Conservatorium.
  • 2009: Start of a joint master's degree with the Maastricht University.

Festivals and competitions[edit]

Since 1990, the Conservatorium organizes an annual festival. Themes were:

Since 2001, the conservatorium organizes the Music Awards Maastricht, an annual competition, in collaboration with the Rotary International.

Conservatorium Maastricht people[edit]




  1. ^ Hogeschool Zuyd

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°50′42″N 5°41′13″E / 50.84500°N 5.68694°E / 50.84500; 5.68694