Pop Music

Coordinator, Jack Pisters
Producer, Li Sang Ong

In September 2003, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam launched a four-year bachelor's degree programme in popular music. Performance, production and coaching are the cornerstones of this diverse course of study at the higher professional education level (hbo), which thoroughly prepares the student for all facets of a career as an enterprising artist. A large team of specialists active in the professional world are brought in to supplement the set core of CvA teachers. In this way, the programme corresponds directly to the professional world, reflecting the latest developments in popular music and education.

Course Structure

The course lasts four years; the lessons are given in Dutch. A wide selection of clinics and workshops supplements the regular curriculum. By emphasizing bands and projects and by giving students the opportunity to work with musicians from the professional world, the programme allows students to benefit immediately from current developments. A number of curriculum components make extensive use of the opportunities offered by the new media.

Students are expected to be open to new impressions, experiences, opinions and musical styles, to enjoy working with others, to learn and to try out new things, and not to be frightened of being influenced or of influencing others.

Throughout the course, students' development of their artistic, educational, organizational and business qualities will be assessed. Students will be evaluated on the basis of productions, performances and workshops.

A bachelor's diploma in music will be conferred on candidates who have successfully completed the programme.


The pop music programme is intended for guitarists, bass players, keyboard players, drummers and singers and is closely linked to the professional practice. In addition to the development of intrumental and theoretical skills, subjects such as bandcoaching, music production, studio engineering, songwriting, education and business matters form an essential part of the study programme.

Download undefinedthe brochure (only in Dutch)

foto's Hanne Nijhuis, Bob Bronshoff